Highlight of the month

Each month the conservation department highlights one of the many treasures found in the library.

4/4
2017

The singer Hallbjörg Bjarnadóttir (1915–1997) was born at Hjallabúð in Fróðárhreppur parish on the peninsula Snæfellsnes. Her...

1/3
2017

Árni Thorlacius (1802-1891) was one of the founders of a reading club in Stykkishólmur in 1841, which in 1847 became the Municipal...

3/2
2017

The Icelandic Chinese Cultural Society,  KIM, was founded in Reykjavík 20 October 1953. The society promotes relations between...

2/1
2017

This drawing showing a “wheel of fortune” comes from a manuscript from the middle of the 19th century. It portrays a well-dressed...

1/12
2016

Among Icelandic musicians Elsa Sigfúss (1908-1979) is probably the one who published most albums.  Around 120 albums with her...

3/11
2016

Webpages and other material published or made accessible on the Icelandic part of the world wide web, i.e. in the national domain...

4/10
2016

In 1776-1818 Iceland´s coastal areas were surveyed and maps drawn that were printed later on. Although the coastal surveys were an...

31/8
2016

The 160 years´ anniversary of the birth of Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir is currently commemorated. She was an entrepreneur in the fight...

4/8
2016

In 1770 Ólafur Ólafsson (Ólafur Olavius, 1741-1788) wrote a book about how to grow vegetables; it was intended for both farmers and...

4/7
2016

The Reykjavik Telephone Corporation was established in 1904 and telephone users in Reykjavik were 20 in March 1905 when a telephone...

1/6
2016

The works by surveyor Samúel Eggertsson (1864-1949), Ár Íslands ( The Rivers of Iceland) and Íslands fjöll (The Mountains of...

11/5
2016

The Icelandic Literary Society published the journal Íslensk Sagnablöð from the year 1817 to 1826. Two volumes in ten divisions...

4/4
2016

Þulur by Theódóra Thoroddsen (1 July 1863 – 23 February 1954) were first published in 1916. Þulur represent a poetic genre that...

1/3
2016

A women´s reading society operated in Reykjavík in 1911-1961 and the society´s monthly magazine, Mánaðarrit , was first published...

1/2
2016

Guðbrandsbiblía is the first Icelandic translation of the Bible; it was the work of Guðbrandur Þorláksson, Bishop of Hólar, and was...

4/1
2016

For some reason the playing cards that author Ásta Sigurðardóttir drew up from Icelandic folk stories in the years 1960-63 were...

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