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Elin Maria Helena Jacobsson


Pioneering construction engineer

Elin Jacobsson and her classmate Anna Sandstedt were together the first women to qualify as construction engineers in Sweden.

Elin Jacobsson was born on 9 January 1886 in central Stockholm. Her father, August Leonard Jacobsson, was a cartographer at Sweden’s main military lithographical institution. Her mother was Josefina Wilhelmina Bernhardina Jacobsson, née Ammilon.

The technical college in Stockholm (now Konstfack) was a trade school offering training courses in among other things building techniques, machine techniques, design technique and industrial arts occupations. In 1859, a section for “female apprentices” was opened. After having qualified as a construction draftsman at the female section of the technical college, Elin Jacobsson and Anna Sandstedt chose to transfer to the construction section called Byggnadsyrkesskolan with its three-year training of overseers in the construction business. Along with the obligatory bricklayer apprenticeship, it demanded special permission from the college’s board, since they were women. Elin Jacobsson and Anna Sandstedt qualified in 1907, as noted in the magazine Idun. Information on their continuing professional lives is very scanty, apart for Elin Jacobsson who is said to have worked for a time as a construction draftsman and construction engineer at the city architect and engineering office.

Elin Jacobsson married Bror Gustaf Johansson in 1913 and was widowed in 1954. It is not known whether or not the couple had any children. Elin Jacobsson died in 1978, being then resident in the Hedvig Eleonora parish in Stockholm. She is buried in the Northern Cemetery in Solna.

Anders Dahlgren
(Translated by Margaret Myers)

Published 2020-12-20

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Other Names

    Married: Johansson

Family Relationships

Civil Status: Widow
  • Mother: Josefina Wilhelmina Bernhardina Jacobsson, född Ammilon
  • Father: August Leonard Jacobsson
  • Brother: Albin Reinhold Jacobsson
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  • Profession: Byggnadsingenjör, arkitekt- och ingenjörskontor


  • Colleague: Anna Sandstedt


  • Birthplace: Stockholm
  • Stockholm
  • Place of death: Stockholm


Further References

  • ’Sveriges två första kvinnliga byggmästare’ [Anna Sandstedt och Elin Jacobsson], Dagens Nyheter, 1907-05-04

Elin Jacobsson in Idun nr 19, 1907. Photographer unknown (KvinnSam, Gothenburg University Library)
Elin Jacobsson in Idun nr 19, 1907. Photographer unknown (KvinnSam, Gothenburg University Library)


20th century Pioneers