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 including posters.
Collection development at the IISH focuses increasingly on digital archives and data. In social-economic history, the Institute has become one of the world’s greatest data centres as well, devising new techniques for enabling methodologically innovative research.
All the collections can be accessed through the IISH catalogue - search.socialhistory.org.
For information on specific materials, go to:
- For information on the main themes and regions in the Institute's collections, go to collection guides or region desks (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Russia)
- For information on consulting and availability of collections, go to Services or contact the Reading Room staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
- IISH Mission Statement on the general collection profile
Collection highlights are given special attention. See also:
- labour history resources at www.socialhistoryportal.org
- the item of the day
- virtual exhibitions
- IISH-hosted website of Staatsarchief, the archive of the Dutch squatters movement
The IISH collections can also be searched and browsed together with other collections in the following large search portals:
- Social History Portal, digital collections on social history and the history of the labour movement
- Europeana, European cultural heritage portal
- WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content and services
Read more about projects related to collections, e.g. Hope, Hitime, and The 'Centrale' digitization.
We welcome supplements to the collections. For donations or deposits please contact one of the collections staff members.
Copies from collection items can be ordered through the IISH catalogue.