Axel Hamberg's Sarek research 1895-1933: Use of Invisible Sámi Assistants

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The natural geographer Axel Hamberg (1863-1933) became the funder of the research in the mountain massif, Sarek, Sweden, the area known as Sweden’s last wild life area. He based his thesis on the research results from Sarek. He installed instruments for hydrographical and metrological measurements, as well as for sun hour registrations. However, he was only present in the summers/autumns, so to keep the measurements on an annual basis did he hire Sámi as research assistants. Lars Nilsson Tuorda (1858-1930) became the most hired one, and was employed as a regular for almost two decades. Tuorda made most of the annual registrations and measurements in the Sarek research, supervised logistics in the area, and became in charge of the financial aspect of the research organisation when Hamberg was not present. Tuorda’s responsibility was massive. In Hamberg’s published scientific works are the efforts made by Tuorda, and other extras and assistants, not mentioned. Tourda’s, and others’ jobs, were only revealed in Tuorda’s letters to Hamberg, and in Hamberg’s private field diaries. Hamberg made the e

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The natural geographer Axel Hamberg (1863-1933) became the funder of the research in the mountain massif, Sarek, Sweden, the area known as Sweden’s last wild life area. He based his thesis on the research results from Sarek. He installed instruments for hydrographical and metrological measurements, as well as for sun hour registrations. However, he was only present in the summers/autumns, so to keep the measurements on an annual basis did he hire Sámi as research assistants. Lars Nilsson Tuorda (1858-1930) became the most hired one, and was employed as a regular for almost two decades. Tuorda made most of the annual registrations and measurements in the Sarek research, supervised logistics in the area, and became in charge of the financial aspect of the research organisation when Hamberg was not present. Tuorda’s responsibility was massive. In Hamberg’s published scientific works are the efforts made by Tuorda, and other extras and assistants, not mentioned. Tourda’s, and others’ jobs, were only revealed in Tuorda’s letters to Hamberg, and in Hamberg’s private field diaries. Hamberg made the e

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Time period(s) for data collection: 2005-09-01 — 2010-12-31

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«Between the Arctic 'Other' and Subject: Two Researchers' Images of Sámi in the 19th century» in C. Folke Ax (eds.) Encountering Foreign Worlds: Experiences at Home and Abroad, Proceedings from the 26th Nordic Congress of Historians Reykjavík 8-12 August 2007, Reyjavík Háskólaútgáfan: University of Iceland Press, pp. 69-86.

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2019-09-17 doi:10.5879/m637-ra05

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Karin Granqvist. Royal institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment (2019). Axel Hamberg's Sarek research 1895-1933: Use of Invisible Sámi Assistants. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5879/m637-ra05

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