Mountain land restoration - Savoie

The map provides access to the geolocated pictures of this collection, with a navigation by municipality. For each municipality, you will find all the photographs taken in that particular area.

It is a selection of photographs taken in the department presented here. The Archives Nationales hold "merely" 5,042 photographs from a much larger collection held in the Savoie departmental archives.

The collection is organised by forest conservation area around a river, a stream or main torrent, defined by the forest services, and then by series (equivalent to a municipality, a forest or a secondary branch of the main torrent) in alphabetical order within an area.
The title of the photograph generally contains a full description of the view.

This collection valuable for its continuity and the extreme regularity of the takes, ranges from 1885 to 1963, the most representative periods being 1883-1914 and 1930-1955. It constitutes an essential source of the history of mountain areas over a century, revealing an ethnographic approach (scenes of daily life, costumes, housing, village festivals, traditional cheese dairies), working conditions of forestry personnel and workers employed on building sites).

On the same subject

  • Repaired Dam number 2. The artificial silting is almost complete. The Decauville track is laid on the crest. Parlier 1931
    Natural Risks

    Dams and weirs, indirect protection through civil engineering

    Since the 1860s, government departments have been working to secure natural and human habitats threatened by erosion and mountain torrents. Civil engineering techniques are deployed to stabilise torrent beds and consolidate the banks.


  • Avalanche in the Barral valley; photo by Plagnat; 30 January 1938.
    Natural Risks

    Of avalanches and people: tips for adapting your living environment

    In the high mountains, the snow can last for months and the risk of avalanches is permanent. Despite this, mountain dwellers have always adapted to this environment. Grouped together in communities and leading a self-sufficient life, they have used their ingenuity to take advantage of the constraints and subtleties of the terrain by relying on existing natural protections.