Nationaal Archief

The Nationaal Archief (NA) is the national archives of the Netherlands, located in The Hague. It houses collections for the central government, the province of South Holland, and the former County of Holland. There is also material from private institutions and individuals with an association to the Dutch government or the political or social history of the Netherlands. The Nationaal Archief holds the Archives of the Dutch East India Company from 1602–1811, which were, along with related records held by South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme Register in 2003 in recognition of their historical value.[1] Recently, the photographic archives of Spaarnestad Photo were included in the Nationaal Archief.[2] It has been announced that Wikipedia will receive user rights over many photos from these archives.[3]

National Archives of the Netherlands
Nationaal Archief

Main entrance of Nationaal Archief
Agency overview
Formed1802; 219 years ago (1802)
HeadquartersThe Hague
52°04′52″N 4°19′35″E,

The Netherlands Antilles had a separate Nationaal Archief, which was dissolved when the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles took place.[4]

The logos on the windows of the same building as the National Archives, showing RKD, LM, NMI and the KB.

The entrance links to a walkway leading to the sister organizations housed in the same building. The large complex comprises a large apparatus to keep documents stored in optimum conditions, which the NA maintains (with government subsidies) for its sister organizations. The list of organizations housed in the complex adjoining The Hague Central Station are:

See also


  1. "Archives of the Dutch East India Company". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. 2008-05-15. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  2. 12 miljoen foto's naar Den Haag: Collectie Spaarnestad Photo deels toegevoegd aan Nationaal Archief, Henny de Lange, Trouw, 1 October 2008.
  3., ANP, De Volkskrant, 21 July 2010.
  4. Nationaal Archief Nederlandse Antillen: ontmanteling Archived 2011-05-31 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 23 July 2009.