About the Digital Archives

The Digital Archives present archive documents in digital form. You can search through structured data and digitized photographs, read full-text print outs or browse through pictures, view videos or listen to digitized recordings. The Digital Archives are free to use, and open to all.

Making archive material available online

The National Archives use the Digital Archives as a channel to publish parts of their archive material, primarily that which is in highest demand. On the Digital Archives internet site, most of these source materials are open to all for searching and browsing.

Only a fraction of the material stored at the National Archives has been published on the Digital Archives. You can use arkivportalen.no or contact the National Archives for an overview of the unpublished source materials.

The Digital Archives are built around the notion that archive users should be able to access as much source material as possible, from one location, presented through a common search system and user interface. The Digital Archives are also open for others outside of the National Archives, who wish to publish their digital sources online.

In September 2019 other Norwegian archives outside of the National Archives will be offered the opportunity to upload and publish their scanned archive material online on the Digital Archives. Other institutions, organizations and individuals who wish to contribute digitized archive material to the Digital Archives, can register as volunteers. The only condition is that the digitized material can be published for free usage on all pages. The Digital Archives also organize voluntary tasks.