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Picture - instruments and music book Folkmusikkommissionens notsamling
och Musikmuseets spelmansböcker

About the Web Presentationen

The Swedish National Collections of Music ran a project in 2002-2005, with support from Riksbankens jubileumsfond, where parts of the rare collections were digitised in order to ensure their long-term preservation and improve the accessibility. In the traditional music are the collections of highest priority were the music collection of Folkmusikkommissionen and music books of the former Stockholm Music Museum, which are presented here. Another example is the collection of J. H. Roman’s works.

Folkmusikkommissionen’s and the former Musik Museum’s material is sought after and the indexing has made the material searchable in previously unknown ways, while there is less need to take out the originals, which is good for their preservation. In order to make this material accessible to a larger audience, this web presentation was developed with support from Access funds from the Swedish Arts Council 2006–2007.

The web presentation was released on 15 October 2007, 99 years after the formation of Folkmusikkommissionen. But a project as large as this is never quite finished. Corrections and modifications will be made continuously, and it is our hope that the users will send any errors or comments about the web presentation to so that we can improve it.

The Extent of the Web Presentation and Plans for the Future

This web presentation contains most of the material in Folkmusikkommissionen’s (Fmk) music collections, the material which formed the base for the publishing of Svenska låtar and Folkliga svenska koralmelodier från Gammalsvenskby och Estland. The digitised volumes mostly consist of handwritten music, but in many cases also letters and notes related to the material. In the commission’s collections there is also some music material not included here: clean copies of the tunes selected for publishing (section IIb in Fmk’s archive) and some transcriptions made by Nils Andersson for Skånska landsmålsföreningen in Lund (section III in Fmk’s archive). The music books from the former Stockholm Music Museum’s other traditional music collections are also included in this web presentation.

In the archives of the institutions that make up the Swedish National Collections of Music - The Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research, the Stockholm Music & Theatre Museum and The Music and Theatre Library of Sweden - there are large amounts of similar material which is not yet published. It is our hope to eventually be able to make this material accessible too. This web presentation could also work as a platform for making similar material from other collections accessible too, where there would be the advantage of a common portal. Those interested should contact The Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research.

Project Staff

Project leaders: Ulrika Gunnarsson, Henrik Norbeck, Susanne Haglund, Dan Lundberg

Web Programming, Systemation, Design: Henrik Norbeck

Scanning: Pekka Untovuori, David Jansson

Scanning Control: Ulrika Gunnarsson, Susanne Haglund, Anders Löfberg, Henrik Norbeck

Indexing: Ulrika Gunnarsson, Jörgen Adolfsson, Henrik Norbeck, Anders Löfberg

Indexing Control: Henrik Norbeck

Texts: Mathias Boström

External Advisor: Magnus Gustafsson, Smålands musikarkiv

Technical Information

The scanning was done using a book scanner from Zeutschel.

The indexing of the meta data used the program Kmtech from KM Mikrofilm.

The web programming is done in PHP, with a MySQL database behind.

The search algorithm for approximate search is developed based on an idea from Simon White at Catalysoft about string matching using 2-grams.

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