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100th anniversary of the Russian revolution:research, collections and events at IISH The Russian Revolution, a century ago this year, also had a deep impact on the Netherlands. The Dutch press... [Collection highlight]
Founded in 1881, the Dutch Neo-Malthusian League (NMB) promoted contraception both at an ideological and a practical level. Its practical support could include a qualified medical doctor or midwife... [Collection highlight]
Henny (* 1960) grew up in a working-class family in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. She left school at the age of 15 to clean offices and work in a biscuit factory. “Born a penny, die a penny”,... [Collection highlight]
Ewald Vanvugt's archive and photographs collection which he has donated to the IISH over the years, were recently made accessible for research.Ewald Vanvugt was born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch during the... [Collection highlight]
Marcus Bakker (1923-2009) is well known as the parliamentary face of the Communist Party in the Netherlands (CPN). Even his many adversaries in parliament appreciated Baker for his integrity, sense... [Collection highlight]
Anton Pannekoek was born in 1873 to average middle-class parents, but he became a prominent astronomer and Marxist theoretician.Jan Martinus Smit, his physics and astronomy teacher at secondary... [Collection highlight]
Vereniging Gemeenschappelijk Grondbezit (GGB) [Association for Communal Land Ownership] was founded by the Dutch writer and pioneer Frederik van Eeden in 1901. Its aim was to promote communal... [Collection highlight]
A frugal and virtuous housewife was supposed to keep a record of her expenditure in a household account book. It enabled her to keep track of what she was spending, see why she had spent too much by... [Collection highlight]
In November 2014 the papers of the Dutch social democrat leader Koos Vorrink were discovered in an attic. His papers have now been catalogued and the inventory is available online. The accompanying... [Collection highlight]
In spring 2015 the IISH received the minutes book of the board of Chung Hwa Hui, an association of Chinese students from the Dutch East Indies and Indonesia in the Netherlands, covering the years... [Collection highlight]