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


  • Start of the project Dutch Russian archival guide

    One of the aims of the MCH program is to provide access to information relating to the mutual past. The Russian-Dutch Archival Guide, a project started on March 1st of 2010 by the Nationaal Archief in agreement with the Federal Archival Agency Russia, will offer archival descriptions of Dutch records relating to Russia from the 13th century onwards.

  • Discovery of VOC archives in Calcutta, India

    A single sentence in an Indian book from 1945: 'There is also a small collection of Dutch records in the Bengal Record Room' led Lennart Bes of the Nationaal Archief to suspect that not all the surviving VOC archives in the world had been located during the TANAP project. Thanks to the Mutual Cultural Heritage programme, he was able to put this theory to the test in Calcutta, where he suspected that the documents –if they still existed– were held at the West Bengal State Archives.

  • Presentation Africa volume of the Comprehensive Atlas of the Dutch East India Company

    In November 2009 the first copy of the Africa volume of the series Comprehensive Atlas of the Dutch East India Company was presented at the Nationaal Archief. The atlas, in which all surviving manuscript maps and drawings from the VOC territories in Africa are reproduced, contains mostly material held at the Nationaal Archief. The Comprehensive Atlas project is one of the ways in which the Netherlands is providing access to important sources relating to the history of other countries.

  • Archives of the West-Indische Compagnie (WIC) nominated for 'Memory of the world'

    In 2003, the archives of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC)) were added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. This 'World Heritage List' for documents was established in 1992 to call for the preservation of valuable archives and library collections. In 2010 the Nationaal Archief has taken the initiative to nominate the archives of the Dutch West India Company or West-Indische Compagnie (WIC) for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register.

  • English version of Archives Damage Atlas

    The year 2007 saw the publication of the Schadeatlas archieven (Archives Damage Atlas) by Metamorfoze, the Netherlands National Programme for the Preservation of Archives of National Importance. This slim volume is intended as an aid for identifying and classifying damage to archive documents. It facilitates the recognition of different types of damage and the identification of the causes of damage and can also serve as a basis for drawing up a conservation plan. In the atlas, 22 types of damage have been listed in five categories, namely damage to the text block and/or binding, chemical damage, mechanical damage, damage caused by vermin and moisture damage. Photographs of the different types of damage have been included making it easier to identify them.

  • Opening new National Archives of Surinam and MCH-meeting at Paramaribo

    The twelfth of April 2010 former Surinam President R.R. Venetiaan officially declared the new building of the National Archives of Surinam to be open. With this building Surinam has at its disposal a very professional accommodation for its archives. Together with well trained staff and modern archival law it is now possible to safeguard the Surinamese archives for the future and to make them well accessible for researchers and general public.

  • Nationaal Archief organizes first MCH-workshop on Collection Management and Care

    As was already introduced at several MCH-meetings, the Nationaal Archief wants to offer workshops on different archival themes to its MCH-partners. The first workshop will be on Conservation and will be held in the Hague at the end of summer of 2010.

  • Return of Guyanese heritage by the Nationaal Archief

    Recently the Nationaal Archief was surprised by receiving an original piece of Guyanese heritage: the minutes of the Court of Police of Demerary and Essequibo 1774-1776. The Minutes had been lost between 1921 and 1980, than they were spotted at an antique shop in Georgetown in 2006.

  • Conference Archives without borders

    The Flemish association for archivists and librarians (VVBAD) and the Dutch association for archivists (KVAN) will be hosting an international conference titled Archives without Borders. This will be held on the 30th and 31st of August 2010 in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands.

  • National Archivist of the Netherlands Martin Berendse elected President of International Council on Archives

    Winning the majority of votes, Martin Berendse, National Archivist of the Netherlands, has been appointed President of the International Council on Archives (ICA), the most important organisation f