Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill, two young Dutch/American filmmakers, have documented the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism in Asia, Africa and South America. This project - Empire - resulted in a series of documentaries under which the documentary Migrants. Migrants is made under the auspices of the Mutual Cultural Heritage Team of the Dutch Nationaal Archief and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. The Empire project will be presented at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Installations will be on view from 16 – 25 November at the Brakke Grond daily from 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (free admission).
The Nationaal Archief has published a digital guide on 16th to 18th century shipwrecks. The guide ‘I am looking for information on a shipwreck’ is a tool for archival research on vessels of the Dutch East India and West India Company and the Admiralty, and is now online available on this website.
Researching your Dutch roots starts at the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie, the Central Bureau for Genealogy (CBG). The collection of genealogical duplicates (photocopies or microfilms) can be consulted at the CBG, including military records and archives about the colonial history of the Netherlands.
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).