Alba amicorum of the KB
The collection alba amicorum of the KB, national library of the Netherlands, consists of approximately 700 friendship books from the 16th century up to and including the 19th century. It is the largest collection of alba amicorum in the Netherlands.
Manuscripts, letters, photographs and publications from the Albert Verwey collection.
Alexander Ver Huell, illustrator
A selection of work by the illustrator Alexander Ver Huell (1822-1897), successful author of Zoo zijn er!, Op het ijs and other publications.
Algemeen Hollands Fotopersbureau, 1945-1969 (General Dutch Press Photograph Agency)
1900 photographs by photographer Ben van Meerendonk show the changes in the Netherlands in the 1950s and 1960s.
Over 2,500 examples of applied arts, from the 11th through the 20th century.
Archeological finds from the Netherlands
More than 9700 objects, all found in the Netherlands, from the Prehistoric period, the Roman period and the Middle Ages from the collection of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden.
A number of top items selected from the exceptionally varied work of Armando: painter, sculptor, draftsman and writer.
The art of knowledge: educational botanical wall charts 1870 - 1960
Handmade and printed botanical wall charts give an impression of almost a century of research and academical education in the field of botany in the Netherlands.
A selection of pictures, documents, prints and maps on various aspects of the shared past of the North America and the Netherlands between 1609 en 1960.
More than 2600 topographical drawings, descriptions and prints of Dutch towns, villages and hamlets in the early 18th century.
Beautiful historic maps and panorama's from the Atlas Van der Hagen (appr. 1690) and the Atlas Beudeker (appr. 1750).
Atlases from the Maritime Museum
The Atlas van Loon - a very beautiful version of the Atlas van Blaeu - and the Johannes van Keulen's Zee-Fakkel are both masterpieces of Dutch cartography of de 17th en 18th century.
The Big Flood of 1953 photographed
Photographs of the Big Flood of 1953 taken by Dutch photographers Dolf Kruger, Ed van der Elsken, Aart Klein, Kees Molkenboer, Cas Oorthuys and Ed van Wijk, from the collection of the Nederlands Fotomuseum
Bookbindings of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), The National library of the Netherlands
1000 bookbindings give an overview of bookbindings from the 12th to the 21st century.
Broadsheet collection: government publications, maps, prints and occasional poetry
Circa 24,000 broadsheets creating a varied portrait of the Netherlands in early modern times.
The lyrics of 15,000 broadside ballads from the Meertens Institute can be viewed. The Top 30 of these can be listened to, performed by a host of Dutch singers.
Catchpenny prints of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek
This collection of catchpenny prints give a picture of age-long education and enjoyment for large sections of the population.
Catholic life in images
Images of Catholic life in the Netherlands from the beginning of the 19th century up to the present day from the collection of the Katholiek Documentatie Centrum.
Children's books from the Rotterdam Library
Some 300 historic children's books, from Kruimeltje to Miezelientje en prinses Rosmarijn, aptly illustrate the morals and values of the Dutch in the period 1840-1950.
Clandestine Photography during the German Occupation
Thousands of pictures from the Nederlands Fotomuseum, taken by professional and amateur photographers present an image of the effects of the German Occupation.
The coal mines: Limburg’s ‘black gold’
The Dutch mining industry in the years 1939-1973 documented by thirteen photographers in nearly 2,000 images.
Collection Dutch Graphic Designers Archives Foundation
More than 4,000 pictures illustrate the work of the prominent design agency Total Design and its designers.
Political drawings of left-wing cartoonist L.J.Jordaan from the period 1920-1960 from the collections of Atlas van Stolk
The Collection of the Dobbelman Soap and Detergent factory in Nijmegen from 1807-1998
Innumerable varieties and uses of soap packaging material, developed by renowned advertising agencies.
Collection of the Natural Sciences Commission for the Dutch East Indies
Zoological, botanical and anthropological prints from the ‘Transactions of the natural history of the Netherlands' overseas possessions’ by the Natural Sciences Commission for the Dutch East Indies.
The collection on slavery
Figures and objects related to slavery and its aftermath from the collection of the Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (Royal Tropical Institute) in Amsterdam.
Colonial World Fairs
Objects collected in the Netherlands East Indies between 1870 and 1940, and fotographs illustrating life in New Guinea. This collection is to be found at the Tropenmuseum.
Colour separation images by Bernard F. Eilers
On the basis of photographer Bernard F. Eilers's colour negatives, some 309 colour photographs from the 1920s and 1930s have been digitally reconstructed.
Come and see! Puppetry in pictures.
Some 4,000 posters, photographs and prints illustrate the development of the international puppet- and object theatre from the nineteenth century onwards.
Correspondence of the writer and painter Jacobus van Looy
Letters to and from Jacobus van Looy (1855-1930).
The Delta Works as seen through Aart Klein's camera
Photographer Aart Klein was fascinated by large infrastructure projects. In the 1960s, he started documenting the Delta Works.
Description of the Dutch Caribbean
Visual history of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands in the 19th and 20th century, from the Tropenmuseum collection.
Digital Historical Atlas
Years of special importance in the history of the Netherlands on prints and medals: 1618/1619, 1648, 1672, 1695.
Diversa sed Una: A Literary Society’s Collection
Speeches, plays, historical treatises and other unusual documents from the Diversa sed Una library and archives.
Drawings from the camps in the occupied Dutch East Indies (1942-1945)
Drawings belonging to the collections of Museon and NIOD portray life in the Japanese internment camps in the Dutch East Indies during World War II.
Dutch Automotive History
A magnificent overview of the history of automobiles in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Baltic Trade in the period 1600-1850
Pictures from the collections of various institutions in the Netherlands and the Baltic area
The Dutch East Indies in photographs, 1860-1940
Some 3000 photographs from the collection of the KITLV present an image of colonial life in the Dutch East Indies from 1860 to 1940.
The Dutch Labour Movement till 1918
Photographs, prints, flags, brochures and other objects from the International Institute for Social History
Dutch legal history at the Prison Museum
Some 12,000 pictures from the database of the Nederlands Centrum voor Rechtshistorische Documentatie (Netherlands Documentation Centre for Legal History and Legal Iconography) illustrate Dutch legal history.
Over 9,500 pictures taken between 1960 and 1995 illustrating the history of Dutch mills.
More than 1000 photographs by Dutch photographers from the collection of the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Dutch Photography Museum).
Emergency money issues of the Second World War
The entire collection of emergency money from the Geldmuseum, originating from more than 130 municipalities that issued their own money in May 1940.
England and the Netherlands: the ties between two nations
Some 200 historic items dating back to the period between 1550 and 1900 reflect the relations between the English and the Dutch through the ages.
Engravings and drawings from the eighteenth century
180 prints and drawings from the collection Atlas van Stolk represent the political history and the morals and customs of the eighteenth century
A unique historic overview covering art exhibitions in Utrecht over a period covering nearly a century.
The Fagel collection is one of the largest still extant Dutch private libraries from before 1800. It can be found in the Library of Trinity College Dublin and roughly consists of some 20.000 books, 6.000 pamphlets and nearly 3.000 loose maps and 142 atlases. From 2020, the KB National Library of the Netherlands and the Library of Trinity College Dublin collaborate to provide access to this collection for cultural and scientific research, with financial aid of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Fashion magazine De Gracieuse
Texts and images from 74 years of fashion magazine De Gracieuse from 1862-1936 (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag).
Felix Tal´s fan collection
Some 145 fans illustrate the development of the fan from the late 17th through the 19th century.
Frederik Muller Historical Prints
A view of two great wars in the history of the Netherlands: The Dutch Revolt (1568 – 1648) and the War of Spanish Succession (1701 – 1714).
Frederik van Eeden
The collection of the Frederik van Eeden Society at the University Library of the University of Amsterdam.
French figural pipes
Selection of 100 French figural pipes from the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, dating back to the 19th century.
From Musical Clock to Street Organ
Images and sounds of musical boxes, organ clocks, fairground and dance hall organs and pianolas. Self-playing musical instruments from the 15th to 21th centuries.
Gerd Arntz Archive
Images of more than 4000 pictorial symbols and visual statistics from the Gerd Arntz archive.
Highlights of the KB (Dutch National Library) collection
From the KB's collection spanning more than ten centuries, a selection has been made of 72 masterpieces that provide a varied picture of Dutch (cultural) history. From prayer books and poetry collections to atlases, fairy tales and experimental printed matter. From the Middle Ages to the present.
Iconographia Zoologica: A Paper Animal Kingdom
Approximately 20,000 drawings and prints from the Artis Library of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Illegal Pamphlets and Brochures
During the German occupation, pamphlets and brochures were produced in secrecy and circulated at great risk (Netherlands Institute for War Documentation).
Indonesia independent - Photographs 1947-1953
The decolonisation of the Dutch Indies in more than 4500 photographs by Cas Oorthuys, Charles Breijer and Lex de Herder from the collection of the KITLV
Jan and Casper Luyken, book illustrators
15,000 prints and drawings, as well as books illustrated by Jan and Casper Luyken, from the Amsterdam Historical Museum collection.
The Japanese Shogun orders -or 'Japanese demands'- from the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie.
Jewish portraits and images from the Netherlands around 1900
Portraits, postcards, prints and graphics offer an image of the diversity of Jewish life in the Netherlands around 1900 (Joods Historisch Museum).
Liber Amicorum A.L.G. Bosboom-Toussaint, 1882
In 1882 the writer Anna Louisa Geertruida Bosboom-Toussaint received a Liber Amicorum. The list of contributors to this 'book from friends' reads like a 'Who's Who' of Dutch cultural society in the 19th century.
Literary archives of Deventer authors
Letters, manuscripts and other records of six prominent 19th and 20th century authors from the city of Deventer.
A look at theatre
Prints and drawings from the former Theater Instituut Nederland illustrate the history of Dutch theatre: designs for stage settings and costumes, portraits of actors, images of scenes and theatre architecture.
Maastricht earthenware decorations, 1836-1969
18.000 decorations, in various techniques, from the Maastricht potteries Petrus Regout/Sphinx and Société Céramique, used to embellish their range of earthenware.
Medieval manuscripts from the KB
We estimate the number of medieval manuscripts in the KB at about 1500. A first selection can be seen in this online collection.
De Melkweg and Paradiso posters
Over 5,000 posters (1970-1999) from De Melkweg and Paradiso, the two Amsterdam temples to pop music.
Memory in Motion
The modernisation of the Netherlands after WWII captured in images, audio, and film- & tv fragments.
Menno ter Braak
The written legacy of critic, novelist, essayist and journalist Menno ter Braak (1902-1940).
Seven photographers documented the life of migrant workers in the Netherlands as of the 1960s through into the 1990s.
Uniform books, ego documents, photographs of soldiers and sketches of battles, all belonging to the collection of the Army Museum, picture military life since the Eighty Years' War.
Modern manuscripts from the National Library of the Netherlands
A selection of remarkable manuscripts by famous Dutch men of letters such as Jacques Perk, Herman Gorter and Hendrik Marsman, dating from the period 1850-1940.
Moluccan history and culture in pictures
Nearly 10,000 images of the Moluccas and of the Moluccan community in the Netherlands from 1900 up to the present from the collection of Museum Maluku.
More than 10.000 photographs from the collection of the Rijksdienst voor de Monumentenzorg illustrate the diversity in objects dealt with by monument conservation agencies between 1860 and 1947.
Documents, letters and photographs from the Multatuli Collection, part of the Amsterdam University Library’s Special Collections
Music manuscripts of Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921), composer
Manuscripts of all the compositions by composer Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921) in the Nederlands Muziekinstituut.
The Netherlands in portraits - early 20th century
30.000 photographical portraits - clipped from newspapers - from the early 20th century from the collection of the CBG|Centrum voor familiegeschiedenis
Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage
Four selections from the extensive collection of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN), which together give a good impression of the collection's wide range.
(ICN is now Cultural Heritage Agency)
The Netherlands National News Agency (ANP) – Photo archives, 1963-1968
A glance at the daily production of ANP photographs for newspapers in the period from 16-03-1963 through 30-04-1960 from the ANP photo archives.
The Netherlands – Japan
In 2009, we commemorate the 400 hundred years of relations between Japan and the Netherlands. The present collection focuses on the unique common history of the two countries. It includes top items from the collections of various Dutch and Japanese heritage institutes.
The Niestadt photo collection of the Zijpe Museum
4000 photographs of the region of Schagen (North-Holland), mainly from 1940-1980, made by (press) photographers Willem and Lubèrt Niestadt.
Nineteenth century school books
200 school books provide insight into the development of education in the Netherlands during the years 1780 – 1900.
Nynke van Hichtum, writer of children’s books in Dutch and Frisian
Letters and manuscripts by Nynke van Hichtum, the author of Afke’s Tiental (Afke’s Ten) and other books
Objects from the Maritime Museum
Globes, paintings, instruments, china, ship models and other historical nautical objects.
Old children's books and cent prints from Overijssel
350 old children's books and 175 historic folk and children's prints from the 17th to the 20th century, printed and published in the province of Overijssel.
Olympic Games in Holland (1928)
Over 2000 photographs from the archives of Spaarnestad Photo give a great visual impression of the 1928 Olympic Games, held in Amsterdam.
The P.C. Boutens Collection
Some manuscripts and over 600 ‘Boutensiana’ (books, scores, broadsheets, other miscellaneous items) originating from the P.C. Boutens Collection of the Zeeland Library.
Paintings from the Frans Hals Museum
All paintings from the Frans Hals museum dating from the 16th through the 19th centuries.
Paintings from the Mauritshuis
The renound Mauritshuis collection holds works by great Dutch and Flemish masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Hals and Steen.
Paintings of the Rijksmuseum
The more than 5,500 paintings in the Rijksmuseum Collection give a broad overview of Dutch painting, from the late Middle Ages until halfway into the twentieth century.
Pamphlets and offprints from the Multatuli Museum
Approximately 600 publications by and about Multatuli (1820-1887), about the study of Multatuli, the Multatuli Museum and the Multatuli Society, dating from the period 1835-2000.
Panorama Mesdag Collection
More than 500 paintings, drawings and photos by and about H.W. Mesdag, from the Panorama Mesdag museum.
Photo collection of the Literature Museum
Selection of more than 900 photos - mostly author's portraits - from the collection of the Literary Museum.
Photo collection illustrated magazine Het Leven (1906-1941)
More than 42,000 photos and other objects from the renowned history of the illustrated family magazine Het Leven (meaning Life).
Photographed on behalf of science; exotic people between 1860 and 1920
The first photographs of primitive men and women in the Ethnographic Museum’s collection.
Photographers De Spaarnestad
Pictures taken by six different photographers, from the collection of the publishing company De Spaarnestad.
The Photography collection of the Exhibition Council
More than 1000 photos of top Dutch architecture from the years 1925-1935, brought together for (international) exhibitions.
Picture books from 1810 to 1950
650 picture books illustrate life in bygone times, both in reality and in fantasy.
Picture postcards of the Dutch Royal Family
Official portraits, glamourous photographs, press photos and snapshots from the period 1880-1966 show the changing relationship between the monarch and the people.
Pioneer photography from the Dutch Indies
A number of photographers from the early days of photography travelled through the Dutch Indies capturing images of life in the colony (Prentenkabinet Leiden).
The poet Charles Beltjens
Previously unpublished manuscripts and poems published only in magazines and newspapers illustrate the life and work of 19th century poet Charles Beltjens (Stadsarchief Sittard-Geleen).
More than 50,000 posters from seven heritage institutions provide a political, cultural and historical picture of the Netherlands from 1870.
Printed Propaganda WW II
The national collection of printed propaganda includes brochures, folders and other documents from the Second World War.
Promotional photographs of Dutch pop music
Promotional photographs, from the Blue Diamonds to Junkie XL. The pictures from the former National Pop Institute (1975-2008) and the former Music Center The Netherlands (-2012) present the artists the way they prefer to view themselves.
Images of Protestant theologians dating from the 16th through to the 19th centuries obtained from the collections of the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht and the VU University Amsterdam.
Railways in Pictures
More than 23,000 photographs, paintings, prints, drawings and posters related to railways, from the Railway Museum’s (Het Spoorwegmuseum) collection.
Regional Costumes in the Netherlands
Nearly eight thousand garments, pieces of jewelry and pictures illustrate the rich history of traditional costumes as worn in various regions of the Netherlands.
This collection includes poems and books published illegally in the Netherlands during World War II.
Rietveld Schröder Archive
Thousands of drawings, texts, letters and pictures of Rietveld’s work, brought together by Gerrit Rietveld and Truus Schröder.
A romantic view. Romanticism in 70 paintings
70 highly romantic paintings from 19th century Dutch and Flemish masters from the Rademakers Collection.
Rotterdam theater playbills (1791-1887)
Some 9,000 historic theater bills illustrate the socio-cultural developments in the Netherlands over a period of almost a hundred years.
Seven centuries of Zuiderzee history
Life and work around the Zuiderzee in paintings, photographs, ships and ship models, maritime maps and period costumes from the Zuiderzee Museum.
South Africa in pictures
Unique images of the historical ties between the Netherlands and South Africa dating back to the 19th century.
The state treasury chest
A random dip into more than 15 centuries of tax history. From paintings to dog license discs and from customs boats to a smuggler?s bicycle.
Stork photo collection, 1868-1968
One hundred years of machine factory Stork in images. 10,000 photographs of machines and life around the factory.
1600 years of Dutch maritime history illustrated by some 4,500 objects from shipwrecks, pictures of maritime archaeology investigations and ship models.
Surinam mapped out
History of Surinam in maps, photographs, prints and printed works up to 1975, the year of this former Dutch colony's independence.
The Tiles Collection
Historical survey of the rich and varied visual culture of decorated wall and floor tiles, hearthstones and tableaus, both from the Netherlands and abroad.
Top items from the Literary Museum
Acquaint yourself with the collection of the Dutch Literary Museum by browsing through a selection of thirteen top items.
Topography of the Netherlands
More than 13,000 Dutch topographical prints and drawings from the collection of Leiden University Library.
The promotion of Holland as a tourist destination in approximately 180 posters, published between 1926 and 1998.
Travel Photography Albums
Around 22,200 photos from 19th and 20th-century travel albums, from the collection of the University Library Leiden.
Travel reports of sea heroes and adventurers of the 16th and 17th century
Republication of a series of travel reports written by famed navigators, originating from the Linschoten Vereeniging
Vincent van Gogh: letters, art, and context
Vincent van Gogh's letters – along with photos, documents, and a large selection of his work – offer insight into his art and his thinking.
Vlisco, a Dutch manufacturer of printed fabrics for West and Central Africa
An extensive compilation of digitized slides featuring the museum collection of the fabrics manufacturer Vlisco.
De Waarheid. In the shadow of the reconstruction
From 1947 to 1963, four photographers illustrated in the CPN’s (Communist Party of the Netherlands) daily newspaper De Waarheid (The Truth) and the family weekly magazine Uilenspiegel.
The National Collection of War Diaries encompasses the collections of 20 institutes and includes egodocuments from the Netherlands and the former Netherlands East Indies.
War posters 1940-1945
5000 WWII posters from the Netherlands while occupied by Nazi Germany and from the Dutch Indies while ruled by Japan.
Wiel van der Randen
A selection of the most striking images from the negatives and photo prints collection of the photographer Wiel van der Randen, who worked for Spaarnestad.
Willem Witsen: Eighties Movement artist in pictures and text
The correspondence of Willem Witsen, one of the great names of the Eighties Movement and images of his work as a painter, engraver and photographer.
Women in action!
Nearly 3800 Dutch posters from the collection of the IIAV offer a glorious image of the Dutch women's movement from 1900 until 2002.
Youth magazines 1883 until 1950
Nine magazines from the collections of various institutes reflect what young people were reading between 1883 and 1950.
150 years of advertising in the Netherlands
A feast of visual communication, featuring over 20,000 advertising items dating from around 1850 up to 2002 from the collection of Nederlands Reclame Arsenaal.
150 years of designs for the Dutch Postal Services in pictures
A special selection of some 10,000 stamps and stamp designs created for the Dutch Postal Services.
16th century graphic art from the Northern and Southern Netherlands
A cross-section of the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum collection of 16th century graphic art from the Northern and Southern Netherlands.
1975-2001: Dutch History Photo Commissions
2200 photo's from the collection of the Rijksmuseum: unemployment, elections, asylum seekers, the Royal Family and more themes, taken by 41 photographers.