About Skeivt Arkiv

Skeivt arkiv is the Norwegian national archive for queer and LGBT history.

Our key mission is to collect, document and communicate Norwegian and Scandinavian queer history. Throughout history, we find many different examples of sex and love between people of the same sex, and examples of people who have broken norms of their time for what it means to be "male" and "female". Sex between people of the same sex and transgressions of gender norms have been important taboos in Norwegian culture, dating back to at least the Gulating laws. Norwegian queer history is the history of these transgressions, of the people who "committed" them, and last, but not least, the different, changing societal understandings and reactions to these transgressions.

Skeivt arkiv is a part of the Department of Special Collections at the University Library in Bergen. This is a department with particular expertise in conservation and storage of rare archive materials. Skeivt arkivs collections consist of a series of personal and organizational archives as well as books and journals. Additionally, Skeivt arkiv is creating a collection of oral history video interviews which document the lives and histories of persons who, in one way or another, have been connected to LGBT-organizations or have stories to tell about living outside of the hetero-normative. We also collect "Queer Stories", written narratives submitted anonymously through our website

Materials from our collections are made available through this website. We are also in the process of creating our online encyclopedia Skeivopedia, or "Queeropedia", which is continuously updated with new articles about people, themes, events and organizations.