Collections

We collect archives and data from all over the world to facilitate historical and linguistic research. Our social-economic history collection is one of the world’s largest and our unique Dutch ethnology and variation linguistics collection is part of Dutch heritage. In collection development, we focus increasingly on digital archives and data. The institutes devise new techniques for enabling methodologically innovative research.

 

Meertens Institute: Dutch ethnology

Douwe Zeldenrust (Collection Manager)

Over eighty years the Meertens Institute has acquired unique material in the field of Dutch ethnology. The institute has over 700 (partly digitized) collections of for example audio, handwritten questionnaires, maps and photographs.
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International Institute of Social History

Afelonne Doek (Director of Collections)

The IISH collections have a thematic emphasis on social and emancipatory movements. The Institute holds close to 5K archives, more than 1M printed volumes and an equivalent number of audio-visual items including posters.
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Meertens Institute: linguistics

Douwe Zeldenrust (Collection Manager)

The Meertens Institute has acquired archives in the field of variation linguistics for over eighty years. The institute has more than seven hundred collections of research data, handwritten questionnaires and card systems.
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