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Traditionally, acquisitions related to the Netherlands have included socialism and the labor movement in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since the 1970s, the social movement has expanded to include... [Collection guide]
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]
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]

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