Offering of Letters

Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities

The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (Swedish: Kungl. Vitterhets, Historie och Antikvitets Akademien or Vitterhetsakademien), founded in 1753, is the Swedish royal academy for the Humanities.

The Academy was founded by Queen Louisa Ulrica, the mother of King Gustav III and originally dedicated to literature. In 1786 when the Swedish Academy was founded it was reconstituted under its present name with new objectives, mainly dedicated to historical and antiquarian preservation. This included a close cooperation with the Swedish National Heritage Board or Riksantikvarieämbetet whose director was, ex officio, the Academy's secretary.

Its many publications include the archaeological and art historical journal Fornvännen, published since 1906.

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