In English – Samdok in Brief

The Swedish Samdok network for contemporary studies and collecting was founded in1977 and operated until the end of 2011, when the Samdok Secretariat at the Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, was closed down. A working group of representatives from a number of member museums then was formed to prepare a proposal for continued cooperation. As a result, a new network has been established.
Contact: Åsa Stenström, Västerbottens museum,
tel. +46(0)90-16 39 35,                                         

Samdok’s about eighty member museums cooperated in working groups known as “pools”. The core of the work was the research and collecting carried on by the respective museums in the pools. The coordinating Samdok Secretariat was responsible for common matters – information, periodical and other publications, conferences etc.  The overall decision-making body was the Samdok Council, consisting of representatives for national, regional and municipal museums.

International cooperation – Collectingnet and COMCOL

In connection with Samdok’s 30’th anniversary, the international conference Connecting Collecting was organized at the Nordiska Museet 15-16 November 2007. The conference was also the starting point of a new international network for collecting issues, Collectingnet. One aim of Collectingnet was to develop it into a new international committee of ICOM, as a platform for reflections on the practice, theory and ethics of collecting and collections development. Collectingnet was in operation until 2010 when the International Committee for Collecting (COMCOL) was established as a new committee of ICOM, with probationary status for its first three years. From 2008, a newsletter has been distributed.

For further information about COMCOL, see:

Selected publications on Samdok

In English

Bursell, Barbro 2004: “Professional collecting”. In: Knell, Simon J. (Ed.) Museums and the Future of Collecting. Aldershot: Ashgate (first edition 1999).

Fägerborg, Eva 2004. “Contemporary Collecting for Today and Tomorrow: The Samdok Experience”. In: Museum Ireland, Volume 14.

Fägerborg, Eva & von Unge, Elin (Eds) 2008: Connecting Collecting. Stockholm: Nordiska museet/Samdok. 126 p. (pdf)

Fägerborg, Eva 2011. ”Contemporary collecting in Sweden: The Samdok experience.”In: Die Ethik des Sammels. Berlin: ICOM Deutschland.

Fägerborg, Eva 2012. ”Samdok – the Swedish museum network for contemporary studies and collecting” In: Battesti, J (Ed.) Que reste-t-il du present? Collecter le contemporain dans les musées de société. Coédition Musée Basque et de l’histoire de Bayonne / Société des Amis du Musée Basque / Fédération des écomusées et musées de société / Editions Le Festin.

Samtid & museer No 2, 2007: Connecting Collecting – 30 years of Samdok
For thirty years, Swedish museums of cultural history have explored contemporary society within the network of Samdok. This issue of the periodical Samtid & museer (“The Present Day & Museums”) presents Samdok’s work for an international readership. Samtid & museer (pdf)

Silvén, Eva 2010: “Difficult matters. Museums, materiality, multivocality”. In: Svanberg, Fredrik, (Ed.) The museum as forum and actor. Stockholm: Statens historiska museum.(The Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm. Studies 15.) (pdf)

Steen, Anna 2004: “Samdok: tools to make the world visible”. In: Knell, Simon J. (Ed.) Museums and the Future of Collecting. Aldershot: Ashgate (first edition 1999).

von Unge, Elin 2008: When culture becomes heritage. In search of the Samdok discourse of collecting contemporary heritage. International Museum Studies Master’s Thesis, Göteborgs universitet (University of Gothenburg): Museion. (pdf)

En français

Silvén-Garnert, Eva 1999. “Le projet suédois SAMDOC à la veille du nouveau millénaire” In: Cahiers d’étude/Study Series 6, Le Comité international de l’ICOM pour les musées régionaux (ICR)/ ICOM’s International Committee for Regional Museums (ICR). 

Auf Deutsch

Kjerström Sjölin, Eva 2003. ”Fokus Gegenwart. Die aktuelle Diskussion und Praxis der Dokumentation schwedischer Museen”. In: Carstensen, Jan (Hg.) Die Dinge umgehen? Sammeln und Forschen in kulturhistorischen Museen. Schriften des Westfälischen Freilichtmuseums Detmold 23.

Paulisch, Svante 2008. Unsere Gegenwart für die Zukunft. Das Museumsnetzwerk SAMDOK: 30 Jahre Gegenwartsdokumentation in Schweden. Wissenschaftliche Arbeit zur Erlangung des Akademische Grades eines Magister Artium im Fach Europäische Ethnologie an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Zusammenfassung (pdf)

In italiano

Fägerborg, Eva 2007: “Creazione di un patrimonio attraverso la collezione di oggetti contemporanei”.In: Oggetto industriale, soggetto di memoria. Provincia di Milano.

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