We’ve helped companies manage their historical material since 1974. Today we look after over 70,000 shelf meters of historical material. We are the corporate archivists who empower you to discover, access and use your own unique heritage. Because your history proves who you are.

Every company, whether it is 1, 10 or 100 years old, has a unique history that no one can copy. At the Centre for Business History in Stockholm, we help you get a grip on your company’s heritage by creating structured corporate archives.

Our professional archivists help you bring order to your prints, protocols, annual reports, ads, design sketches, staff papers, audio files, photographs, old website and physical objects. We asses and audit, amass and sort, and make a full inventory so that your historical archive is both easily accessible and easy to expand.

Because when the material is easy to access it becomes easy to use. It doesn’t matter if you keep the final archive with you or outsource it to us, it remains a unique resource for your company’s internal and external communication. Bringing order to historical files is also often a prerequisite if you want to meet your legal and business obligations.

Since history is created all the time, we also help you set acquisition and preservation policies, we gladly interview today’s coworkers to capture their oral history, and we create reference copies of your websites.

Arkivet hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria

A snippet of the archives at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.

Den klassiska kobra-telefonen. Från Ericssons arkiv hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria. (Foto: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

The classic Kobra-phone. From the Ericssons files at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm. (Photo: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Flaskor från Absoluts arkiv hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria. (Foto: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Absolut-bottles. From the Absolut files at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm. (Photo: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Taxameter från 1902. Ur Taxi Stockholms arkiv hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria.

A taxi meter from 1902. From the Taxi Stockholm files at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm. (Photo: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Reklambild ur Mah-Jongs arkiv hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria.

Ad from clothing company Mah-Jong's files at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.

Reklamaffisch för Pommac. Ur arkiven hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria. (Foto: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Poster for soft drink Pommac. From the archives at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.

Digitalisering av gamla arkivhandlingar. (Foto: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Digitizing old records. (Photo: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Reklamprodukt för Cafe Au Lait-kampanjen på 1980-talet, som skulle få svenskarna att dricka mer mjölk i kaffet.  Från Svensk Mjölks arkiv hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria.

Pin from the Cafe Au Lait-campaign in the 1980s, meant to make Swedes use more milk in their coffee. From the files of Svensk Mjölk (Swedish Milk) at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm.

Reklamaffisch för Tomteskur. Ur arkiven hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria. (Foto: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Ad for cleaning product Tomteskur. From the archives at the Center for Business History in Stockholm. (Foto: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Produkter från Barnängen. Ur Barnängens arkiv hos Centrum för Näringslivshistoria.

Products from Barnängens archive at the Center for Business History in Stockholm.

Kassabok från förr. (Foto: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

Ledger from yonder. (Photo: Johan Strindberg, johanstrindberg.se)

You own the archive, we do the rest

Many of Sweden’s leading organizations have turned to us for archival management. Outsourcing your physical material to our archive facilities lowers costs and creates an effective resource for your organization. Your archive then remains safely stored in our spacious, climate controlled facilities in Bromma, outside of Stockholm. We have over 40 years ‘of cost-efficient archival management, today managing over 7,000 corporate archives. Our facilities meet the high standards set by the Swedish National Archives for climate and security for sensitive information.

Your company of course keeps full ownership of the material. It’s your archive, we just take care of it for you. Through our service desk – called “Bild och Fakta”, or “Images and Facts” – you have easy access to your archive anytime during office hours. We guarantee full privacy and that no unauthorized access to your material ever takes place. We also handle all inquiries, both from your organization and from the outside world, that relates to your archive.

Bonnierförlagen, ICA, Ericsson, Hennes & Mauritz, Electrolux, Handelsbanken, OK, Atlas Copco, Apoteket, Marabou, Norstedts and hundreds of other Swedish companies already have their archives with us. Brandkontoret from 1746 is one of our oldest, still active, member companies. Here’s our complete client and member roster.

Many ways to preserve your history

There are many ways in which we can help you preserve your history.

Inventory and mapping

The process of creating a professional corporate archive normally starts with figuring out where things are. So we create archive maps and take inventory of where your historical material might be, preparing for creating a professional corporate archive.

read more about mapping and taking inventory for your coprorate archive

Archive with us

In our spacious, climate-controlled facilities in Bromma, outside of Stockholm, we manage over 7,000 corporate archives, amassing over 70 kilometer of material. We have over 40 years’ experience of cost-effective archival management. We’d of course love to welcome your archive here too.

More about keeping your archive at our facilities

Save digitally!

Physical artefacts last longer if you work with digital copies of them. The bulk of today’s material are also directly born digitally. In other words, a large part of your corporate history is already digital. We help you save digitally, so that you get a better overview and can find those nuggest of storytelling gold more easily.

read more about digital archives

Acquisition and preservation policies

We help companies establish a sustainable preservation management.  The key is setting policies that determine what should be archived and in what form. We work in your premises to establish acquistion and preservation policies.

read more about establishing acquisition and preservation policies

Oral History-interviews

Very often you’ll find that the historical nuggets and the most engaging stories are found in personal narratives from your coworkers. We call it “oral history” and encourage you to collect those through structured interviews.

read more about interviews with coworkers

Web archiving

More and more material today is born digitally. Internal magazines have become Intranets. The product catalog is an app. Marketing broschures are all digital. But these artefacts, even in digital form, are your history, which if you save it properly will help inform your decisions tomorrow.  So make sure you save your websites and digital assets.

read more about saving your websites and digital assets