This index gives information about the more than 3,000 archives and collections that are kept at the IISH. Every entry in the index is linked to a brief description of the relevant collection. Descriptions of Dutch archives are in Dutch, the other ones are in English. Over 1000 lists and inventories of archival collections are currently available on-line.
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If you wish to consult a collection, please read our rules first. Donors and owners of material on loan to the Institute may, however, impose certain restrictions about accessing, copying, and publishing these collections or parts of collections, including a requirement for expressly requesting permission of the donor or owner. Restricted access to archives may also be necessary to protect the privacy of individuals or because of the physical condition of the material in question.
To find out if access to a collection is limited, see the brief descriptions of the relevant archives.
Request for permission
For permission to consult a collection with limited access, please submit a written request in advance stating the nature of your study. This may be done by completing the form Restricted Access Archives. For more information please contact the Reading Room: .
Some collections may be temporarily not available for consultation. This can occur if documents are being reinventorised, receiving conservation treatment, being digitized, due to shortage of stack space, or renovation.
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For more information on availability of collections please contact the Reading Room staff, .
Other means of access
Two printed guides to the archives are available from the Institute:
- Mies Campfens, De Nederlandse archieven van het Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis te Amsterdam, 2nd ed, Amsterdam 1989, 504 p.
- Jaap Haag and Atie van der Horst (eds), Guide to the International Archives and Collections at the IISH, Amsterdam, Amsterdam 1999, 608 p.
Some inventories of larger archival collections are published in the series IISG Working Papers