Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation's collection includes a trove of archive material from the Serlachius company, including documents, photographs and films and a large collection of architects' drawings.
At present the Serlachius Museums accumulate most actively its record of memories concerning local history. Since the initiation of Gustaf Museum in 2003, it has organised collections of the local history. Data related to memories have been collected in regard of local history and traditions of the people of Mänttä and its neighbouring region in connection to the exhibition projects of the museum.
The archive includes documents related to the company's products, advertisements, management and employees. In addition, the archive holds historical material on the activities of the associations and people of Mänttä.
The archives also include a drawing archive comprising a collection of architects' drawings dating from the late 19th century to the 1980s. Among the collection are drawings from leading Finnish architects from the turn of the 20th century onwards. Among others Valter and Ivar Thomé, W.G. Palmqvist, Jung & Jung and Heimo Kautonen have all left their mark on the architectural history of Mänttä. The archive contains over 10,000 drawings.
Photographs and films
The museum's photograph collection comprises a vast body of pictures representing the cultural, architectural and personal history of Mänttä and its industrial roots. The collection includes a historical collection of photographs and negatives of the Serlachius company and Mänttä dating from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. The collection contains over 30,000 photographs.
The museum collections also include the company's representational and advertising material on film and video. The oldest films date from the 1930s. Part of the collection has been preserved by the National Audiovisual Archive of Finland.
Local history archive
Material for the collection has been collected in Mänttä and its surroundings. Topics have included wartime Mänttä, the history of the Mänttä fire brigade, the life of Karelians in Mänttä, hunting culture, ice-hockey tradition, the history of the head office of the paper combine Serlachius Ltd., and in the broader sense the history of the Serlachius company.