National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)


  • Charles Jeurgens, professor of Archival Science

    Professor K.J.P.F.M. Jeurgens (1960) has been appointed professor of Archival Science at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities. He succeeds Prof.

  • The National Archives receive nomination for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015

    The Nathional Archives’ visitor’s centre and the exhibition The Memory Palace have been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015.

  • All At Sea: The Prize Papers as a Source for a Global Microhistory

    During the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries, the navies of maritime powers and privately owned fighting ships competed in the race for the spoils of war.

  • Marens Engelhard new Director Nationaal Archief

    As from 1 November 2014 Mr. Marens Engelhard (58) will succeed Martin Berendse as National Archivist of the Netherlands and General Director of the Dutch Nationaal Archief. 

  • Roadmap for Long Term Access to Digital Heritage

    On the fifth and sixth of December, the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, The National Archives of the Netherlands and several partners organize an expert meeting in The Hague on UNESCO's Digital Roadmap project. The National Archives and the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) will host this inaugural meeting.

  • Measures for digitization and registration of the governmental information process

    In 2015, the workflow of the Dutch central government will be completely digital. The effect of complete digitization on the archival process and the State archives has been thoroughly investigated. Based on the outcome, the following can be concluded. In order to enable the Nationaal Archief to properly fulfill its official governmental duties and responsibilities in this age of digitization, it is necessary to take certain measures. Mrs. Jet Bussemaker, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) informed the House on this matter last Tuesday.  

  • Temporary closure reading room Nationaal Archief

    The Nationaal Archief is building a new public centre, containing a modernized reading room, an exhibition space and a workshop area. The renovation project is almost finished but, in order to ensure good customer service after completion, there is still a lot to be done. Therefore the Nationaal Archief will temporarily close its doors for visitors from Monday 16 September until Tuesday 15 October. In this period it is not possible to consult records.

  • Research information on Dutch group settlement in Brazil

    The Mutual Heritage Program (MCH) has commissioned the New Holland Foundation to collect research information in Dutch archival institutions on Dutch group settlement in Brazil from the 19th century onwards. As a result, an online research guide/index (in Dutch) is now available.

  • Further research cultural heritage Ghana

    In 2007 the Dutch Nationaal Archief published the book: Sources for the Mutual History of Ghana and the Netherlands. An annotated guide to the Dutch archives relating to Ghana and West Africa in the Nationaal Archief, 1593-1960s (Brill, Michel Doortmont en Jinna Smit). The national archives of Ghana, PRAAD, now have requested a sequel to this ‘Ghana guide’; a database giving access to archives on the history of Ghana.

  • DCICC new publisher of MCH newsletter

    Since May this year, the Dutch Centre for International Cultural Cooperation (DICC, formerly known as SICA) publishes a newsletter on mutual cultural heritage (MCH). This newsletter replaces the current MCH newsletter of the Nationaal Archief. The DCICC newsletter will keep you informed on the Mutual Cultural Heritage Program, the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency and the embassies of the MCH countries. It focuses on archives and on built, archeological, historical and immaterial heritage.