The Norwegian Jazz Archives (NJA) is a centre for documentation and expertise in the field of Norwegian jazz history. The NJA has three main areas of responsibility.

  • the collection, classification and storage of various types of material related to Norwegian jazz
  • research
  • information on Norwegian jazz history and Norwegian jazz in general

The Norwegian Jazz Archives' collections is a part of National Library of Norway.

The Norwegian Jazz Archives' collections

  • Sound archive
  • Press cuttings archive
  • Photographic collection
  • Library
  • Magazines
  • Video and film archive

Research and information:
The NJA carry out general historical research on Norwegian jazz. The NJA publishes the results of research projects in reports and books on Norwegian jazz history, produces biographies, arranges "listening evenings" and answers queries related to Norwegian jazz.


Publications from The Norwegian Jazz Archives

The NJA has so far published 15 publications mainly related to Norwegian jazz history.


The Norwegian Jazz Base

The Norwegian Jazz Base contains information about the history of jazz in Norway. It includes discographic information historical overviews, photographs, sound clips, and a set of links to musicians' and record companies' web sites etc.


Norwegian Jazz History

You can read more about the history of Norwegian jazz in English at jazzbasen.no.



Visiting address is:
National Library of Norway
Solli Plass, Oslo.

Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo.

Postal address is:
Norwegian Jazz Archives
P.O. Box 2674 Solli
N-0203 Oslo

Telephone: Music Department: (+47) 23 27 61 60
National Library of Norway's switchboard: (+ 47) 810 013 00

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Opening hours

The NJA is open to the general public by appointment.