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

Visit of the National Archivist of Surinam to the Nationaal Archief

On February 16th-17th the Director of the National Archives of Surinam, Mrs Tjien Fooh, visited the National Archives of the Netherlands. The reason for this visit was to talk about the transfer of archives from the Netherlands to Surinam.

These archives, created by colonial authorities, were send to the Netherlands in the previous century for reasons of conservation. Now that Surinam has all facilities to properly store and maintain these archives, they are being returned to their homeland, but not before being digitized.

Conservation and accessibility of Surinam archives

Mrs Tjien was welcomed in The Hague by Mr Roelof Hol, Programme Director Mutual Cultural Heritage and Mr Frans van Dijk, Project Manager. Both national archives reached agreement on nearly all agenda items. The two most important topics discussed were the method of conservation of the archives concerned and the integral availability on the internet.
Regarding the latter; the National Archives of Surinam will select archival items to be excepted from digital accessibility. Selection will take into account the protection of the privacy of individuals and the interest of the Surinam state.

The visit of Mrs Tjien was concluded by a reception attended by the chairman and members of the advisory committee of the restitution project and personnel of the National Archives of the Netherlands.