The Collection


The collection now preserved in the Saami Culture Archive was originally founded for the practical needs for teaching Saami language and culture in the early 1970s, when teaching of Saami language began at the University of Oulu. That period marked also the beginning of extensive fieldwork that covered practically all Saami languages and living areas. Besides fieldwork, the birth of the modern Saami media, particularly the first years of the Saami radio (produced by the Finnish Broadcasting Company) was documented. In contrast to other sound archives in Finland, which have mainly material that describe the traditional life of the Saami, the Giellagas collection is unique because it contains also data from the 1970s, when modern Saami society was forming.

The collection of the Saami Culture Archive consists of notable amount of sound, video and photograph material as well as digitalised documents of the Saami traditional culture and various Saami cultural activities.

It is also possible to access Saami material found in other Finnish archives, such as Finnish Literature Society and the Institute for the Languages of Finland, the University of Turku. The Saami Culture Archive contains digital copies of the main Saami collections, and in the future this co-operation will be enhanced, as the researchers will be able to work more efficiently on this vast material.
Vanha mustavalkokuva Inarista, jossa näkyy järveä, metsää, taloja ja tuntureita.


A1. Interviews
A1.1. Personal interviews
A1.2. Thematic interviews

A2. YLE Sámi Radio collection (The Finnish Broadcasting Company)
A2.1. Radio programs of the YLE Sámi Radio 1973–1979
A2.2. Skolt Saami radio programs 1973–1979

A3. The Teaching of Saami languages and Saami Culture
A3.1. Classroom recordings
A3.2. Educational material

A4. Saami culture events, conferences, seminars

A5. Copy material of other Finnish sound archives
A5.1. The Archive of Folklore and Comparative Religion at the University of Turku (TKU)
A5.2. The Collection of the Inariopisto
A5.3. The Saami collection of the Institute for the Languages of Finland

A6. The Giellagas collection

A7. The Collection of religious recordings

A8. Music

A9. Linguistic research material


B1. The Giellagas collection
B2. The Collection of the Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter
B3. Movies and documentaries
B4. Saami culture events, conferences, seminars
B5. Interviews


C1. Documentary collection

C2. The Giellagas collection
C2.1. Dissertations
C2.2. Conferences and seminars
C2.3. Teaching
C2.4. Excursions

C3. Saami culture events


D1. Agreements of the Saami Culture Archive
D2. Manuscripts and research material
D3. Litterations of interviews
D4. The Giellagas collection
D5. Saami culture events
D6. Newspapers
D7. Reference library

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The Saami Culture Archive of University of Oulu
Giellagas Institute, Department of Saami Studies

P.O. Box 1000
FI-90014 University of Oulu

Street address:
Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 1, 90570 OULU
(University of Oulu, Linnanmaa, Faculty of Humanities, 3rd floor, room: HUM335)

For more information, see: Visiting the University

The Archive Researcher:
Ph.D. Marko Jouste, University of Oulu, Giellagas Institute
Email: marko.jouste (at) & ska (at)
Tel: +3582 94 483 491 / +3584 14 363 964 (Marko Jouste)

University of Oulu, Central Archive:
Development Manager Katariina Alha