The Archive of Popular Movements in Västerbotten

The Archive of Popular Movements, or Archive of Social Movements, in Västerbotten is an archive with the assignment to collect and preserve documents from associations and social movements in the county of Västerbotten. Our archives and offices are situated in both Umeå and Skellefteå. Altogether we preserve documents, photos, films and other objects from almost 10 000 organisations.

The Archive of Popular Movements holds documents from the traditional social movements in Sweden, i.e. the labor- and trade union movements, the free church, the temperance movements, athletic societies and the cooperative, but also a vast collection of material from the fields of adult education, culture and leisure, environmental organisations, as well as village archives, family- and personal archives.

Our research room is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make an appointment by phone: 0046 (0)90 71 30 30 or e-mail:

If you are curious about the history of social movements in Västerbotten county – do not hesitate to contact us!