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VOC-diary Arnoldus Buchelius transcribed

The Hague

The collection of the Nationaal Archief in The Hague holds two manuscripts of the scholar Arnoldus Buchelius (1565-1641) – also known as Aernout van Buchel. Recently these documents are carefully transcribed by dr. C.G.M. (Kees) Smit. The manuscripts contain, among other things, information about the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) and some on the Dutch West India Company (West-Indische Compagnie, WIC).

Governor of the VOC

The notes of Buchelius cover a period from 1619 to 1639. The first part (1619-1621) derives from his time as governor of the VOC Chamber Amsterdam. He describes his appointment as VOC governor, gives a brief history of the company, and describes events that happened during his reign. But there is much more to find; Buchelius writes about the church in the East-Indies and some books he read about the Indies. The manuscripts also hold some fragmentary notes about the WIC.

Read the transcription of the VOC-diary of Buchelius (in Dutch).


Buchelius is known as a humanist scientist, specialized in heraldry and genealogy. He had great interest in antiquities from the city of Utrecht and surroundings. The original manuscripts are all in Latin and cover approximately 700 pages. More information on these manuscripts is available at the website of the Utrechts Archief. is a website of the National Archives of The Netherlands in cooperation with the Society for the National Archives and Spaarnestad Photo.
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