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What is Polmanarkivet?

Polmanarkivet is a digital archive and museum related to the Polman, Påhlman, and von Pohlmann family who originated in Germany, Sweden, and Estonia. Polmanarkivet contains an extensive repository of digital collections, interactive exhibits, and research material, including letters, manuscripts, artefacts, maps, photographs & more. It is responsible for the collection and dissemination of items that might be of genealogical or historical value.

Why the Polmans?

One may ask, why focus on the Polmans? How were they so important? However, as they are part of Jake’s direct paternal lineage, it only made sense to delve into their history as far back as possible. While the Polmans may not have the same level of notoriety as their titled noble counterparts like the Koskull, Oxenstierna, or Wrangel families, this actually makes their story all the more intriguing. Much of their history remains inaccessible — buried in archives and written in Swedish or German. Our goal is to bring this information to light and prove that their accomplishments were indeed significant in their time, but have been overlooked or lost in history.

What are your core values?

We boldly champion connection and equitable access to materials, working together in collaboration, and practising responsible curation to safeguard collections for future generations. These aren’t just values, they’re our ethical compass, influencing every choice we make. Together, these core values are the gold standard against which all Polmanarkivet’s activities are measured.

Why don’t you have your own physical building?

Polmanarkivet is always open and does innovative museum work  — without a physical or permanent building.  Physical spaces are expensive and create barriers to access and we want everyone to be able to access our collections, exhibits, and research.

Who is behind Polmanarkivet?

At the moment, Polmanarkivet consists of two unpaid members, a Museum Director & Editor We hope to establish more support and an expert counsel with high competence in various subject areas. In the meantime, we are in the process of creating partnerships with other museums, archives, and networks in Sweden and elsewhere. Interested in volunteering? Get in touch. 

How are you funded?

Polmanarvkiet is a not-for-profit archive and museum, funded through self-funds and contributions. We have no fixed grant or operational income.

I found a mistake. How can I correct it?

We would appreciate any help fixing mistakes, whether they are typos or if we’ve got something wrong. Let us know by filling out the contact form here.

I’m getting an error viewing a collection. What can I do?

You might see the error An error occurred while loading this Tainacan component when trying to access a collection or item. This is usually due to a caching issue. Please reload the page (CTRL+SHIFT+R) or empty your browser cache and try again.