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The contents of the 110 kilometres of archives in the Nationaal Archief collection are made accessible by the descriptions in the archive inventories and indexes.

What is an archive inventory?

An archive will often contain a large number of documents. To be able to find your way through it, we have created a table of contents for every archive. This shows you what kinds of documents there are in each archive. We call this an ‘archive inventory’. An archive inventory is also sometimes known simply as an ‘inventory’.

What is an index?

An index refers you to the content of a particular archive or record and is therefore similar to an index found at the back of a book. It will often include people's names or geographic locations that appear in the original documents. An index is also sometimes referred to as a ‘list of names’. Examples of indexes are lists of names of emigrants to Australia or names of films in film classification reports. 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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