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The Koninklijke Nederlandse Toonkunstenaars Vereniging (KNTV) (Royal Dutch Musicians' Association) was founded in 1875 and is one of the oldest trade unions in the Netherlands. Prior to founding,... [Collection highlight]
Co van den Born was a trade union woman at heart. In the years of reconstruction and in the turbulent sixties, she stood for equal pay and treatment of women. Her archive shows a beautiful picture of... [Collection highlight]
Fifty years ago in Amsterdam, Provo was born, a youth movement that provoked lawful authorities, the monarchy, and 'the mindless masses' in a playful and imaginative way. In the streets Provo staged... [Collection highlight]
The Tulip Book contains 122 pictures of tulips, made by Jacob Isaacsz of Swanenburch, Leiden citizen (1571-1638, in the 1620s first teacher of Rembrandt) and 16 pictures presumably created by Adriaen... [Collection highlight]
'Staatsarchief' is a large collection of materials on the squatters movement in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The Staatsarchief is housed at the ISH. The collection contains a wealth of information... [Collection highlight]
Fabiola was well-known to many Amsterdam citizens as a living piece of lively and colorful art, closely associated with the metropolitan gay scene. Eighteen diaries of Fabiola from 1985-1987 are now... [Collection highlight]
The inventory of the archive of the Bond van Leeraressen bij het Huishoudonderwijs (Union of Female Teachers in Household Education) has been completed. The Union of Female Teachers in Household... [Collection highlight]
The IISH owns a large collection on the sixties and seventies in Amsterdam: Provo, Roel van Duijn, Robert Jasper Grootveld, various riots and confrontations with the police during the marriage of... [Collection highlight]
No footage of the Dutch feminist and medical doctor Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) was known until November 2013, when 20 seconds of moving images surfaced and were repeatedly shown in the media. They... [Collection highlight]
IIn the summer of 2013 the IISH received an interesting accrual to the papers of the Amsterdam psychiatrist Jacques Weijel (1920-1975). This accrual deals with the period of World War II and the... [Collection highlight]