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"In the 1960s the grants were rather generous, as it was also the intention of the town administration to express Rovaniemi as being suitable for housing the Regional Library. A regional collection was one of the criteria for the selection. This was of great interest to me, as I used this collection for my work as an author and writer. Maps represented part of the antiquary acquisitions.

I was actively involved with a number of sources including, for instance, antiquarian booksellers in Helsinki who I visited and I was presented with some lists of the collections. I also travelled to Stockholm to purchase books and maps from the local antiquarian booksellers. In practice, a number of these purchases were handled by the publishing house Lehtikirjakauppa, but occasionally I would purchase some myself and claim the money back from the town administration. As there were, and still are, a number of forgeries around, I learnt to sort the rubbish from the genuine articles, and I'm rather confident that no fake maps were acquired. I also extended my search for acquisitions to the fair in Frankfurt and visits to the local antiquarian booksellers. I collated lists from a number of countries.

I recall Lennart Meri being both intrigued and in great admiration of the maps. It was my understanding that he too was a collector. When the maps were hung along the office corridors and on the walls of the outdoor foyer, Lennart was shocked: Anyone at any time could steel these rare and valuable items. I told him that stealing is illegal in Finland, and stealing from a public collection is an especially harshly punishable offence.

Some of the maps I have purchased for my personal collection. The wall of my study has a map of Archangel printed in 1758 in Venice.

It was not only an interesting time, but also a very educational one. Governer Lassinantti followed my acquisitions with great interest and gave me some excellent tips. Back then, there was also a bit of competition, as for instance the Kemijoki hydropower company managed to reserve rare books and maps before I had time to go through all the antique book lists. I have to admit that Lapland themed works still catch my eye, and I wonder why no one has bought them yet..."
(Jorma Etto, the Chief Librarian at the Regional Library of Lapland 1961-1984. A letter in March 2006)

The site was implemented as part of the Digmore, Digital Cultural Heritage Project The aim of the project is to make the cultural heritage of Lapland more easily available for various actors, experts, researchers, educational institutions and the general public.

A total of fifteen individual map documents and a facsimile of Olof Tresk’s atlas Kemi och Torne lappmarker 1642-1643 have been digitised for these pages.


You may browse the maps using the thumbnails and buttons at the bottom of the page. The name of the map appears when you move the mouse cursor over a thumbnail.


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- Resolution 1024 x 768
- Browser that supports javascript frames, e.g. NS3+, IE4+
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- In order to install utility software you will need to be the main user of the computer. The utility software is free.

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Annanpalo, Heikki. Bringing the North Calotte to the knowledge of Europeans. Rovaniemi 2007 (pdf-file)

Bure, Andre. Pohjoismaiden kuvaus v. 1626. Suomennos, johdanto, selitykset Tuomo Pekkanen. SKS 1985
(Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seuran toimituksia 427)

Lainema & Nurminen. Ultima Thule. Pohjoiset löytöretket. Helsinki 2001
- Ultima Thule. Arktiska upptäcktsfärder. Helsingfors 2001
- Ultima Thule. Arctic explorations. Helsinki 2001

The A.E. Nordenskiöld collection in the Helsinki university library. Annotated catalogue of maps made up to 1800. Volumes I-V. Helsinki university library 1979-1995

Pietilä, Anna-Maija. Kansalliskokoelman mikrokuvatut kartat ennen vuotta 1810.
Helsingin yliopiston kirjasto 1984

Pohjoiskalotin historiallisia vaiheita. Kartta- ja kuvanäyttely 1500-1800 –luvuilla / Nordkalott i historisk perspektiv. En utställning av kartor och vyer från 1500-till 1800-talet.
Finnair 1984

Internet sources:

HELMI (Helsinki Electronic Library. Multimedia Information)
Helsinki University Library's image and reference database of digitized material

Kungliga biblioteket
Sveriges nationalbibliotek, Digitaliserade kartor


The Northern Lights route
University Library of Tromsö

CIPHER project: Exploring Carta Marina

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Texts, information on maps and cartography and translations of texts related to the Tresk maps:
Jukka Peltonen, Provincial library of Lapland
Irene Piippola, Provincial library of Lapland

Design and realisation:
Miia Herva, Digmore, 2005
University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design
Maps made by Zoomify
Anne Ihalmo, eLibrary&Culture without Borders, 2006
University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design

Translation into English:
Peter Culley

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