ELKA - Finnish Business Archives

Olli Alm met with us (with Heidi Huovinen) and showed us their extensive holdings. Many of the design archives are actually industrial design businesses, and so they also have materials relevant to design of all types.

The Central Archives for Finnish Business Records
Since 1981 the collecting of Finnish business records has been centralized at the Finnish Business Archives (ELKA) in Mikkeli. ELKA was established as a national centre for the preservation of business records and industrial organizations’ archives, including the personal archives of leading businessmen. In a country the size of Finland was agreed to be a national institution maintained by a foundation. There have been vast advantages in centralizing the records in one place. ELKA has received approximately 1000 meters of records annually and the total amount of the business records held in ELKA in 2006 is over 19 kilometers.

ELKA has, in co-operation with the City of Mikkeli and Mikkeli Polytechnic, built a digital repository centre in which all the endangered video, film and photographic material of ELKA have been preserved in digitized format. The digital material of enterprises can also be held in this digital repository.

The information about the records kept in ELKA, the archive catalogues and photographic database, with over 33000 photographs, is to be found from the ELKA homepage. Video and audio tapes have been received from several different companies.