Our Story

We Are Polmanarkivet

Polman + arkivet = The Polman Archive, the leading digital repository for the Polman, Påhlman, & von Pohlmann family, with an extensive archive of digital collections, interactive exhibits, and research material. We believe every family has stories deserving of an archive. 


We’re here to collect, preserve, and disseminate the rich history of the Polman, Påhlman, and von Pohlmann family for present and future generations.


We want to document every Polman, Påhlman, & von Pohlmann who ever lived and engage archivists, curators, & genealogists to preserve this history.


We champion connection and equitable access to materials, working together in collaboration, and good stewardship to preserve collections for those to come.

We are an independent digital museum & always open

Polmanarkivet is a digital archive and museum related to the Polman, Påhlman, and von Pohlmann family, with an extensive repository of digital collections, interactive exhibits, and research material. Polmanarkivet is responsible for collecting and disseminating items that might be of genealogical or historical value. It also conducts research for the One-Name Study, registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies for the nominated surname Polman and its variants. Let’s journey together on this adventure of discovery as we aim to preserve collections as a tangible link between the past, present and future.

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Laptop on table with Polmanarkivet items in repository page open

The power of WordPress + Tainacan

Polmanarkivet harnesses the power of WordPress and Tainacan to bring state-of-the-art digital collections. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), powering over 43% of the web. Tainacan is a technological solution for creating digital collections, designed to meet the reality of cultural institutions. With the combined power of WordPress and Tainacan, Polmanarkivet is able to perform innovative museum work, enabling you to access collections from your sofa, day or night.

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We have received generous information, research, and items from the following organisations:

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Ljungby kommun logo
Riddarhuset logo
Lansstyrelsen Kronoberg logo
Rahvusarhiiv logo
Kulturparken Smaland logo
Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu logo
DigitaltMuseum logo
Eesti Muuseumide Veebivarav logo
Deutsche National Bibliothek logo
Kungliga biblioteket logo

Make a contribution or volunteer

We need your help to grow Polmanarkivet

If you have been researching this family, or you have an item you would like to contribute, or you are a curator or archivist and would like to discuss a partnership, we would love to hear from you.

Photo: Gustav Cederström, Victory at Narva, 1905, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Nationalmuseum Stockholm via Wikimedia Commons.