About The Nansen Electronic Photographic Archive
In 1989 the University of Oslo Library launched a project called Conservation
of and Access to the Fridtjof Nansen Photographic Archive. The project has led
to in-house development of a HyperCard/Macintosh based picture database
(Media-Finder). From 8.000 old pictures, 3.500 unique photographs, drawings,
and some watercolors were selected, identified, dated, classified, catalogued,
described and digitalized. (This English translation of the database covers
The originals have been cleaned, rehoused and transferred to
an appropriately controlled environment in a strongroom. Damaged photographs
were registered for future restoration. The collection as a whole is now far
less prone to further deterioration.
Nasjonalbiblioteket, avdeling Oslo
Postboks 2674, Solli
Phone: +47 23 27 61 86
Fax: +47 23 27 60 10 (merket "Billedsamlingen")
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- The topics have been chosen to provide a limited but meaningful key to the
classification of the most important aspects of the collection. Some cover only
a few images, while others may relate to several hundred, as in
«EXPEDITIONS AND TRAVELS, North Pole». In some cases several subjects
are employed. There are no other phrases in this field than those listed in the
pop up menu.
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Geographical name] or [Geographical name] where appropriate, or identified.
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- A number of persons have been identified and, in most cases, their
biographical dates are given. In some cases there is doubt as to the identity,
and this is expressed in the Motif field. In this field, the names must
be entered in inverted form, with or without comma (e.g. «Nansen,
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