Department of special collections 
The Special Collections

The Queer Archive

Skeivt arkiv is the Norwegian national archive for queer history. We collect, document and communicate Norwegian and Scandinavian queer history.

Mennesker som går i tog, Homodagene 1983, Bergen
Homodagene i Bergen i 1983. Fra fotoarkivet til Homofil bevegelse i Bergen. Fotograf ukjent. SKA/A-0009 LLH Bergen og Hordaland, Skeivt arkiv.

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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”. 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.

The archive was constituted by a united Norwegian Parliament in 2015 and became part of the University Library in Bergen.

Skeivt arkiv’s collections consist of a series of personal and organisational 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 LGBTQ+ organisations or have stories to tell about living outside of the heteronormative. We also collect “Queer Stories”, written narratives submitted anonymously through

To learn more about the archive, please visit our website: skeivtarkiv.no. We have an online encyclopedia, Skeivopedia, which is continually expanding with new articles. We are also and on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok.