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Since the IISH has only little original archival material about the former Dutch colony of Suriname, an unexpected acquisition of the papers of Bert Nelemans is particularly welcome. They were... [Collection highlight]
Afscheidsfoto gemaakt in 's Lands Hospitaal (Paramaribo) in februari 1957 van de eerste door het psychiatrisch ziekenhuis Maasoord in Poortugaal geworven groep leerling-verpleegsters. Van links naar... [Collection item]
Afro-Surinamese women can be considered as the corner stone of Dutch society when it comes to caring for elderly and sick people. Their numbers in the care sector are very significant. In the 1960s,... [Item of the Day]
Sixteen-year old Surinam-born Otto Huiswoud jumped off a banana-boat docking in New York in 1910. He became a member of the Socialist Party of America and participated in the formation of the... [Item of the Day]
The first 'International Colonial and Export Exhibition', a type of World Fair, was held in Amsterdam from May 1 until October 1, 1883 adjacent to the Rijksmuseum.A few Surinamese were presented at... [Item of the Day]
The Klein-Pouderoyen plantation was owned by Dutch nationals, even after 1814, when Guyana became British territory. African slaves cultivated its main product, coffee. After the British prohibited... [Item of the Day]
At the end of the fifties many women from the Dutch colony of Surinam left for the Netherlands to receive nurse's training. In Holland the hospitals had a shortage of staff. The women graduated and... [Item of the Day]
Surinam, the former Dutch colony in South America, introduced its new flag on 25 November 1975, the day it gained independence. Shortly before independence, the Aron government held a competition for... [Item of the Day]
The Dutch colonies have published newspapers since the 18th century. A fine example is the Surinaamsche Nieuwsvertelder [The Surinam News Reporter] from Paramaribo, Surinam. This paper mainly reports... [Item of the Day]