Prosjektet Oslos multikulturelle arkiver - Oslo Museum

Prosjektet Oslos multikulturelle arkiver - Oslo Museum

Ellen Røsjø,

Oslo byarkiv

Prosjektet Oslos



Seminar i Trondheim,

oktober 2012

• Byens hukommelse!

• 20 hyllekilometer, eldste dokument 1651

• 650 000 foto

• 160 oslofilmer, 1100 filmaviser

• Kart og tegningsmateriale, ca. 400 hm.

• Elektroniske arkiv, 36 uttrekk

Oslo – city of immigrants

• 1855-1900: Oslo is Europe’s

fastest growing town

• 1905: 7.6% are immigrants

(foreign nationals)

– 6% of total population are Swedes

• 1930: 4.6 %

• 1970: 1.6 % foreigners - only

0.6 % are ”Guest workers”

• 2005: 22.4 % of Oslo’s

population have an immigrant

background (defined as immigrants and

persons born in Norway with immigrant parents)

• 2012: 29.6% with an immigrant


Population growth in Oslo 1800 - 2000


40 % of the pupils in Oslo have an immigrant


• What can they find out about

the first generation

• Who can they identify with

Oslo City Archives – the city’s

memory… but:

• Where are the immigrants own

voices we asked in 2004

• 330 registered ethnic and

multicultural organizations in


• Which traces of their activities

will be preserved here in 100

years (awareness: if you don’t

leave a trace…)


The ”Oslo Multicultural Archives Project”

- motto: Everyone has the right to a past!

(Edvard Bull, Norwegian historian)

• The “Oslo Multicultural Archives Project” was an

attempt to obtain a more representative societal


• The purpose of the project was to collect, preserve and make

available a number of key archives from new minorities in Oslo.

• The aim was that Oslo City's cultural diversity

should thus become part of the city's memory

and could be used in our outreach work.

– The project period March 2004 – 2007.

– Funding by The Norwegian Archive, Library and

Museum Authority, Arts Council Norway and

The Fritt Ord Foundation



• The project resulted in

about twenty collected archives

• Four interviews

• A booklet and the exhibition

“Our traces" / "Spor etter oss "

• Several articles and lectures in

Norway and Denmark

• The project aroused great

interest and was given media


• Theatre about immigration a

century ago - in our repository -

in 2005 in cooperation with

Nordic Black Theatre, for

pupils 2006-08

• A study package for pupils in

Oslo (Robert Levin f. eks.) now

on the internet)


Follow-up: Multiple voices – minority women in

organizational life

• Women’s organizations often

have a shorter history.

• Documentation is found on the

Internet and in social media

• Their activities are often

primarily networking & social


• It is therefore important to

interview some of these


• Together with The MiRA

Centre, Oslo City Archives

established a project where we

interviewed leading women in

immigrant communities (8

edited in a book)

• Funding: Arts Council Norway

and The Fritt Ord Foundation


Cliff Moustache forteller oss om Nordic Black Theatres første


Miloud Guiderk, Cosmopolite og vår Otto Meijer

Gambisk forening

overrekker sitt arkiv

Vi underskriver avtalen med Fakhra Salimi, MiRA-Senteret

om Ruth Reese-arkivet

Plakater fra pakistanske foreninger

Bokhandleren fra Pakistan

Ayesha Khan

Arkiv som har kommet inn under prosjektet:

• Nordic Black Theatre

• Fremmedarbeiderforeningen

• Aud Korbøl

• Cosmopolite

• Primærmedisinsk verksted

• Tove Andersson

• The Gambian Association

• MiRA-Senteret

• Ruth Reese

• Pakistan Norwegian Welfare


• Pakistan Workers Welfare Union

• Bazm-e-Ahbabe Pakistan Norway

• Soofi, Muhammad Anwar

• Pakistan Advisory Council

• All Pakistani Workers

Organisation in Norway

• Nederlandse Club Oslo

• Ungarsk venneforening

• VINOF Vietnamesisk-norsk


• Islamabad/Rawalpindi Welfare

Society Norway

• Central Jamaat-eAhl-e-Sunnat


• Damini house of Culture

• Frauentreff

• Avisa Utrop

Skoleprosjektet ”En innvandret historie”

Nordic Black Theatre. Drama i hukommelsen

Temakveld for innvandrerorganisasjoner

Digitale fortellinger

• Ayesha:



• Ruth Reese:




Vi har intervjuet sentrale personer i innvandrerorganisasjoner og

flerkulturelle institusjoner:

• Cliff Moustache, Nordic Black Theatre

•Muhammad Anwar Soofi, Pakistan Workers Welfare Union,

Bazm-e-Ahbabe, med mer

•William Bright Taylor, Fremmedarbeiderforeningen

•Amani Olubanjo Buntu, African Youth, African History Week

Innvandrerkvinners stemmer

Ledere for et titalls


intervjues i samarbeid

med MiRA-senteret


Mangfoldige stemmer –

minoritetskvinner i organisasjonslivet

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