Listen to a conversation between IKEA’s Helena Viebke and Tony Nilsson and our archivist Gustav Svensson about IKEA’s investment in its own archive and what goals and challenges IKEA has in that work.
IKEA’s archive collects documents from the company’s inception in the 1940s as a small mail order company, to eventually starting to sell and design furniture and home furnishings, open department stores and grow worldwide. The archive includes founder Ingvar Kamprad’s personal correspondence, the famous catalogs, unique furniture design, moving pictures and a large picture archive.
We at the Center for Business History have in various rounds helped IKEA to manage its historical archive on site in Älmhult.
Listen to a conversation between Helena Viebke, Archive & Collection Manager at the Ikea Museum AB; Tony Nilsson archivist with IKEA Archive & Collection; and Gustav Svensson, archivist at the Center for Business History, about how IKEA has built up and manages its historical material.