Forest photo archive

Last changed: 07 April 2021
Old group portrait of men in front of a waterfall, photo

The forest photo archive consists of about 5,000 digitized photographs taken from the SLU library image archive, from the Forest Museum in Lycksele and from other collections.

The photographs are a documentation of Swedish forest history, where you can follow the development of, for example, various forestry methods, tools, machines, etc. The historical images also show the benefits of their use.

Most of the images consist of black and white photos taken between 1900-1963. The database was later supplemented with newer images taken up to the 1990s, many of which are in colour.

The selection has taken place in collaboration with researchers from the Faculty of Forest Sciences and staff at the Forest Museum in Lycksele. The Kemp Foundation, the Royal Library and the Faculty have funded the project.

The images are freely available unless otherwise stated. However, source must always be stated. When used for commercial use, approval from the SLU library is required.


The Media Bank is available in both Swedish and English, and you can  also search for English subject categories, such as forest history, forest production and buildings. We have added the scientific names to plants and animals. Most images also have a geographic remark indicating landscape, municipality, parish etc.

Read more on how to search the Media Bank

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