The archive shelves contain varied documents transferring knowledge of times gone by to future generations. Photo: Tuukka Jaromaa, City of Helsinki Material Bank.

Jewels of Helsinki’s heritage over the web

The documents stored at Helsinki City Archives provide a varied picture of the history of Helsinki. A great deal of them can be studied over the web, too.

The SINETTI archive database contains reference data on the collections stored at Helsinki City Archives, such as what kind of documents can be studied in the archive’s premises, and what is available in digitalised form. Such documents include, for example, estate inventories (made up between 1809 and 1880) stored in the Magistrate’s Court’s archives, the annual reports on Helsinki’s municipal administration between 1875 and 1965, and thousands of maps and construction plans going back to the 18th century and up to the 1950s.

Through the City Archives website, you can also find descriptions of the most frequently consulted documents, and instructions for how to use them.

The Tarinoiden Helsinki site peeps into everyday life in Helsinki and Helsinki homes at different times. These tales and pictures open up fascinating perspectives on Helsinki’s past.

Due to the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus, the City Archives’ customer service will be closed until 13 May 2020. However, the customer service will respond to enquiries made on the feedback form.

Read more in Finnish:

SINETTI archive database

Presentations of the City Archives’ collection

Tarinoiden Helsinki