At Merlo Archive a unique collection of records of northern Sweden’s industrial history is kept, ranging from the first ironworks at the end of the 17th century until today’s SCA.

Merlo Archive

Geographically the archives include the area around the Ljungan River in the south to the Torne River in the north. Among the archive's approximately 300 originators there are ironworks, water and steam sawmills, shipyards, planing mills, glass works, pulp mills, paper mills and power companies to name a few.

The collections at Merlo Archive originate from the many individual companies in northern Sweden, whose business was based on natural resources such as forest and water power. These companies were the predecessors of the tens of forest companies which in 1929 were consolidated in the holding company SCA, formed by Ivar Kreuger, Kreuger & Toll, with the participation of Svenska Handelsbanken. The formally independent subsidiaries of SCA merged with the parent company in 1954, when the subsidiary for manufacturing and power operations were formed.

The influx of documents from SCA offices, departments and industries in northern Sweden to the Merlo Archive continues. Our history continues.

SCA's policy for the central archive is to promote research with regards to industrial history. Consequently the historic material is available to researchers.

The building

Merlo Castle was built between 1893 and 1895 by the German-born merchant and timber magnate Frederick Bünsow.

The castle, which is reminiscent of a German knight's castle in miniature, was used as a summer residence by the family Bünsow until 1925 when the house became the residence of the directors of Skönviks AB and later SCA.

In 1951 the building was made available to SCA's central archives.

Opening hours

08.00-17.00 08.00-16.00, 1 May to 15 September Visitors and researchers, please contact us in advance.