Uppsala University Library

Westin Collection - Printed works

The tanner and alderman Jacob Westin donated his large and valuable collection of printed works, pictures, maps and manuscripts to Uppsala University Library at the time of its 4th centenary (1877). Westin's collection was one of the largest and most valuable collections ever donated to the University Library collected by a single person.

Jacob Westin (1810–1880) was the wealthy proprietor of a greaft leather manufacturing industry in Stockholm, he was the head of his guild and therefore had the title "master tanner". He also sat in the Estate of the Burghers in the parliament and had many public assignments.

Jacob Westin

In 1881 he sent his great collection of books, ephemera, manuscripts and maps, as well as pictorial items, such as drawings and printed items to Uppsala. Westin's donation was the largest donation the Library had ever received. The collection of printed items alone comprised 22,256 volumes.

Important subject areas for Jacob Westin, the collector, were geography, history, topography and literature and also genealogy and biographies. The Westin Collection spans from the 15th century to the 1870s. Geographically Stockholm was central ffor his collecting and particularly Kungsholmen, his own part of the city. In time his collection widened to Stockholm in general and to the whole of Sweden. Best represented are nevertheless Uppland and Stockholm. 

The extremely valuable Westin collection of early printed books in many ways complements the University Library's own Swedish collection of legal deposits of books and ephemera.


  • Westin's printed collection (looseleaf catalogues).
  • Westin's collection of Swedish newspapers (looseleaf catalogues).
  • Westin's collection of charts and posters (card catalogue).

The catalogues above are in Carolina Rediviva's catalogue room. 
All the catalogues have been created by Westin himself or on his orders.

The books in the Westin Collection are now being catalogued in our catalogues online. For now, the Westin Rare Book Collection is catalogued in full:


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