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Electronic sources to the subject guide for History

Danish electronic sources

  • danmarkshistorien.dk
    Danish website about Danish history created by historians and archeologists from Aarhus University. Here, you will find the subpage ‘Kilder’ which provides access to historical sources.
  • Danish Demographic Database
    Provides access to Danish church records, censuses etc.

  • Danish Family Search
    Useful website for genealogists and the place to find your Danish ancestry.


  • Diplomatarium Danicum
    Publishes medieval charters (diplomas) from Denmark in the Middle Ages (until 1412). Also publishes letters from outside Denmark which refer to Danish affairs. The work is in 12 volumes. The printed version can be found at the Royal Danish Library – Aarhus and at the library in Nobelparken.

    Kjøbenhavns Diplomatarium I - X
    Svenskt diplomatarium
    Diplomatarium Norvegicum

  • Saxo Grammaticus
    Danish edition
    Latin edition

  • Jyske Lov
    Codex Holmiensis C37. Contains the Danish Law of Jutland, which is a code of law from 1241 enacted by Valdemar II of Denmark.    
  • Present-day Danish translation of Jyske Lov
  • Danske Lov 1683
    The Danish Law of 1683.
  • Danmarks Riges Grundlov af 1953
    The 1953 Constitution of Denmark (in Danish).
  • Karnovs lovsamling
    NB: In Danish. Compilation of all significant laws of Denmark, which also includes a comprehensive notary and useful indexes.
    NB: AU Library does not provide remote access to the Karnov or any of the affiliated databases.
  • Danmarks Breve
    Provides access to more than 12.000 digitalized letters written by both prominent and lesser known Danes. In total, this project contains a collection of about 70.000 letters from the 1600s until today – the letters will be published continuously as the copyrights expire.

  • Kvindekilder
    Sources from and descriptions of women’s fight for equality in a Danish context.
  • Mediestream
    Available in English. Mediestream provides radio- and TV-shows as well as commercials from selected Danish channels since December 2005.
  • The Collection of Prints and Photographs
    Part of the Royal Danish Library’s Department of Maps, Prints and Photographs. Collects and preserves the national heritage of digitalized images.
  • Project Runeberg
    Free, electronic editions of classic Nordic pieces of literature.

The Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet) has made a large part of their collections available online. You will find a selection of these below:

  • The Danish National Archives
    The archives’ entry to digitalized and scanned versions of original documents (mainly in Danish). Provides access to parish registers, census lists, records from ministries, etc.

  • Inkvisitionskommissionen af 20. januar 1772
    The commission of the 1772 prosecution of Struensee. A selection of documents and letter collections about Struensee and his collaborators.
  • Kancelliets brevbøger (1551-1660)
    The Danish Chancellery’s books of letters (1551-1660).
  • Romanesque Stone Art
    Danish database of Romanesque sculptures in Denmark. The database is created by Aarhus University.
  • Retsinformation
    The government’s online information system on Danish law. Provides access to laws, legal announcements, circulars, etc. In Danish.

  • Schous Forordninger
    Laws of the dual monarchy of Denmark-Norway. Online facsimile of the 1795-edition. The collection covers until 1700, and thus does not cover the period from then until 1770. The printed version of the collection can be found at the Royal Danish Library – Aarhus and at the library in Nobelparken.
  • Statens Netbibliotek
    Virtual library with electronic publications from ministries and governmental departments with administrative obligations.

  • The Royal Danish Library – Aarhus, special collections
    Danish blog about the special collections of the Royal Danish Library – Aarhus. Maintained by librarian Mona Dubgaard
  • Study the Danish Middle Ages online
    Website for Danish and Latin texts from the Danish Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

  • Soundtoll Registers Online
    In collaboration with the Netherlands, the Sound Toll Registers (for Øresund, 1497-1857) is being digitalized.

Foreign electronic resources

  • Avalon Project at the Yale Law School – Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
    Yale Law School’s extensive collection of digitalized texts. Contains digitalized documents and sources from the Antiquity until the 21st century.
  • Constitute
    An extensive online collection of constitutions from all over the world.Beskrivelse af linket
  • The Digital Scriptorium. A Prototype Image Database & Visual Union Catalog of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
    Digital collection of manuscripts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The website is created and maintained by a group of American institutions, e.g. Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley.Beskrivelse af linket
  • Early English Books Online
    Provides access to almost all printed material from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America in the period from 1473 to 1700. The material is available in full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images.
  • Early European Books
    Provides access to almost all works printed in Europe before 1700, including many rare works which are difficult to access in print. The material is available in full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images.
  • EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe
    A selection of primary sources of the history of Western Europe from the Middle Ages until today. You can limit your search to specific countries and historical periods.
  • Europeana
    Online portal with links to millions of digital items. The portal contains images, texts, audio files, videos, objects from museum collections, and archives from European cultural institutions and institutions of research. The portal collects and links to millions of digitalized materials from Europe. Several Danish institutions participates in the Europeana collaboration, e.g. the Royal Danish Library, the Danish Film Institute, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, the Agency for Culture and Palaces, and numerous archives.
  • French Revolution Digital Archive
    The French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) is an archive based on two main resources; Archives parlementaires and Images de la Revolution française (a large image collection established in 1989). FRDA has been created by the Stanford University Libraries and Bibliotèque Nationale de France. NB: the written sources are only available in French.
  • The Holy See
    Includes Vatican Secret Archives etc.
  • Internet History Sourcebooks Project/Paul Halsall
    Extensive website containing a large amount of primary source material. The website is not updated anymore but is still of great value.
  • Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution – Texts
    Contains images and documents from the French Revolution.
  • Monumenta Germaniae Historica
    An extensive collection of sources covering the period 500-1500 in regard to the Kingdom of the Franks and Germany. A great part of the collection is now available online, Entry MGH.
  • The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom
    One of the largest archive collections in the world. Covers 1000 years of British history.
  • Ancient and medieval literature – in Scandinavian translations
  • Patrologia Latina
    The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 2016. The database contains the complete Patrologia Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes.
  • Project Runeberg
    Free, electronic editions of classical Nordic literature.
  • Regesta Imperii
    A collection of sources on European history from the Carolingians up to Maximilian I (ca. 751-1519).
  • The Ships List
    Collection of links to a variety of websites concerning emigration by sea. Includes passenger lists, fleet lists, information about and pictures of ships, information about marriage at sea, personal narratives, etc.
  • The Valley of the Kings. Burial Places of European Monarchs.
    List of burial places of European monarchs, including the Danish.
  • The World War I Document Archiv
    Extensive document collection with an international purpose.

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