Finished projects

Mapping of the collections of history of medicine in Estonian museums 2013–2014

The employees of the University of Tartu Museum participated in the Ministry of Culture’s project Mapping of the collections of history of medicine in Estonian museums in 2013–2014.

The aim of the project was to get an overview of the collections of the history of medicine available in Estonian museums. The project included a questionnaire, which most of the museums filled out.

Based on the project findings, most of the materials in Estonian museums are connected to pharmacies (material objects as well as photos and archive materials). Museums have rare objects such as bloodletting devices, inoculation instruments, archive materials, etc. The most valued findings were the collections of medical institutions (sanatoriums, leprosoriums, hospitals, etc.), which operated in the areas of the county museums, and stories (local specialty), as well as the materials of well-known local medics.



A study of educated elites in small European nations

In cooperation with the Central European University, the University of Tartu Museum participated in an international research project funded by the European Research Council in 2009–2011. Professor Victor Karady led the grant project, the aim of which was a prosopographic study and comparison of the individual biographies of the educated elites in small European nations. The Estonian coordinator was Lea Leppik. The project used sociological methods to study groups of people who rose to the elite through the University of Tartu. The study focused on the period 1880–1949 and its results are partially published.


J. Seli. Tartu Riikliku Ülikooli üliõpilaskonna andmebaasistamine, aastad 1944-1947.pdf



Mapping of the collections of the University of Tartu 2006–2007

The University of Tartu is home to about half of Estonia’s collections of humanities and natural sciences. Most have reached museums or libraries while a small number belong to the structural units dealing with the corresponding research area. As science progresses more collections of a special type appear.

As part of the National Collections of Humanities and Natural Sciences programme, the University of Tartu Museum began mapping its collections in 2006–2007 in order to improve domestic and foreign knowledge about their cultural services. The project resulted in an overview of the University’s collections at that time in both Estonian and English. Several collections got their first full scientific descriptions as a result of this project. Information concerning the more important historical collections was entered into the UMAC database (Worldwide Database of University Museums and Collections).

Tartu Ülikooli kollektsioonide kaardistamine 2006-2007.pdf