The IISH collections comprise archive, library and audio-visual material with a thematic emphasis on social and emancipatory movements. The institute holds over 3,000 archives, more than 1,000,000 printed volumes, and an equivalent number of audio-visual items.
Catalogues and Indexes
The collections, some databases, and the IISH-website can be accessed through the IISH search portal - search.iisg.nl - or one of these catalogues and indexes:
• catalogue to find books, periodicals and other printed materials
• index of archives to find short descriptions and inventories
• index of image and sound collections
• documentation collection - introduction to this collection arranged according to country / category.
Themes and Resources
More detailed information, main topics, guides, and digital collections of special regions and themes, such as:
• Anti-Apartheid/Southern Africa
• Arab Middle East
• Germany and Central Europe
• International organizations
• Middle East & Central Asia
• The Netherlands
• Russia and Eastern Europe
• Spain and Italy
• United Kingdom
• The Yiddish Collection
Or see the overview of all themes and resources.
Collection highlights are given special attention.
• selected new acquisitions
• the item of the day
• virtual exhibitions
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.
> > List of temporarily unavailable collections.
For more information on availability of collections please contact the Reading Room staff, .
Use of Collections
• Current exhibitions, items from the collections of IISH / NEHA / Persmuseum / ReclameArsenaal are on loan to several musea.
• Recent publications, every year dozens of books are based on the collections of IISH / NEHA / Persmuseum / ReclameArsenaal.
Read more about our projects: Hope, Hitime, Memory, Collection measurement, Content Mashup.
We welcome supplements to the collections. For donations or deposits please contact one of the collections staff members.
Posters and Cards
Social History Shop - the IISH webshop offers reproductions of 200 posters from the IISH collections
Postcards with images from the collections of the IISH and Persmuseum
E-cards images from the collections of the IISH to send by email