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Norwegian Information Service Photograph Collection

ca.1950
12 items (0.1 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 297

During the Second World War, the Nazi occupation and subsequent liberation of the arctic regions of northern Norway resulted in the near total devastation of the existing infrastructure and the displacement of most of the population, including the native Sami (Lapps). The end of the war did not signal an end to hardship: the challenges of post-war resettlement was accompanied by a sustained effort by the Norwegian government to modernize and assimilate the Sami, largely through the systematic suppression of Sami culture. The language was banned from use in schools until 1958 and other forms of suppression persisted longer, and it was decades more before the rights of the Sami as an indigenous people were codified into law.

The dozen photographs that comprise this collection document Sami life in northern Norway during the period just after the end of the Second World War when Sami people were returning home after years as refugees. Taken by the Norwegian Information Service and presumably associated with the Norwegian modernization program, the collection includes images of traditional Sami sod dwellings, men at work on construction of sled and boat, and portraits of women and children.

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An image of: "Lapp children"

"Lapp children"

During the Second World War, the Nazi occupation and subsequent liberation of the arctic regions of northern Norway resulted in the near total devastation of the existing infrastructure and the displacement of most of the population, including the native Sami (Lapps). The end of the war did not signal an end to hardship: the challenges of post-war resettlement was accompanied by a sustained effort by the Norwegian government to modernize and assimilate the Sami, largely through the systematic suppression of Sami culture. The language was banned from use in schools until 1958 and other forms of suppression persisted longer, and it was decades more before the rights of the Sami as an indigenous people were codified into law.

Scope of collection

The dozen photographs that comprise this collection document Sami life in northern Norway during the period just after the end of the Second World War when Sami people were returning home after years as refugees. Taken by the Norwegian Information Service and presumably associated with the Norwegian modernization program, the collection includes images of traditional Sami sod dwellings, men at work on construction of sled and boat, and portraits of women and children.

Inventory

ca.1950
20.5 x 26 cm.
1

Halftone image of Sami men and women, one child, in a general store. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 7025."

Image of a Sami woman looking through the window of a sod hut. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 2237."

ca.1950
26 x 20.5 cm.
3

Image of a Sami girl with infant in her Lapp, both wearing traditional outfits. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 7842."

Image of a Sami girl with a metal can, collecting water from a spring. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 7843."

ca.1950
20.5 x 26 cm.
5

Image of a Sami sod hut in arctic landscape. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 2238."

ca.1950
20.5 x 26 cm.
6

Image of a Sami couple and child, seated inside a tent. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 6804."

Image of a Sami man building a sled in front of his tent. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 7839."

Image of a two Sami men in conversation. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 2762."

Image of a Sami man working intently on a sled. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 7840."

Image of a two Sami women in traditional dress, talking, one holding a doll. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 7592."

Image of a Sami mother holding her infant while standing in the entrance to her tent. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 7841."

Image of a group of Sami men, with one infant, building a small boat. Marked on verso "Please credit Norwegian Official Photo, Number W 3192."

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Joel M. Halpern, 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Dec. 2015.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Norwegian Information Service Photograph Collection (MS 297). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • General stores--Norway--Photographs
  • Norway--Photographs
  • Sami (European people)--Norway--Photographs
  • Sleds--Norway--Photographs
  • Sod houses--Norway--Photographs
  • Tents--Norway--Photographs

Genres and formats

  • Photographs

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