Highlight of the month

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

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 were...

4/4
2016

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

1/3
2016

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

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...

7/12
2015

The women´s charity organization Hringurinn was founded in Reykjavík in 1904. Its major project was helping poor patients with...

7/12
2015

Kvenfélagið Hringurinn var stofnað í Reykjavík árið 1904. Það helgaði sig því verkefni að styrkja berklaveika fátæklinga í bænum til...

5/11
2015

(About Úrnat) by Björk Guðmundsdóttir Björk Guðmundsdóttir self-published the fairy tale Um Úrnat (About Úrnat) which was...

6/10
2015

Svava Jakobsdóttir Hvað er í blýhólknum? (What is in the lead cylinder?) Svava Jakobsdóttir (1930-2004) remarked in an interview...

4/9
2015

„A true account of the shipwreck of the Spaniards and their ensuing struggle“, by Jón Guðmundsson the Learned, is preserved in nine...

4/8
2015

Eggert Ólafsson (1726-1768) and Bjarni Pálsson (1719-1779) received a special grant from the Danish government to travel around...

1/7
2015

On the 7th of July 1915 Althingi (Parliament) assembled for the first time after the Danish king had confirmed with his signature...

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