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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]
On 30 June 2014 former CPN Amsterdam alderman Harry Verheij passed away at the age of 97. Just over a year later, the organization of his papers was completed and an inventory published on the IISH’s... [Collection highlight]
In early 2015 the IISH acquired the papers of  Jan Adam Nijholt. Nijholt, born in Almelo in 1903, was a member of the Arbeiders Jeugd Centrale [Workers’ Youth Federation], and throughout his life he... [Collection highlight]
The inventory of the papers of Wouter Gortzak was recently completed.Wouter Gortzak grew up in a communist milieu. His father Henk Gortzak was MP for the Dutch Communist Party (CPN) but broke with... [Collection highlight]
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]