‘Well begun is half done!' This is certainly the case when researching archives. The links below should provide you with a good starting point for your research. They take you to the research guides. These can help you to decide if you've come to the right place. It helps to have a clear research question.
In some cases it can be handy for you to first consult some reference works. There are various Dutch libraries where you can do this. The Nationaal Archief also has a small library.
- I'm looking for a person
- I'm looking for an official document
- I'm looking for a place
- I'm looking for a topic
Doing your own research
The majority of the records at the Nationaal Archief have not yet been digitised. If you want to look at archive documents in our collection, in most cases you will have to pay us a visit at the Nationaal Archief. You don't usually have to make an appointment. Calling up and looking at archive documents in our reading room is free of charge. However, we do charge to make photocopies or scans of records for you.
Having research done for you
If you are unable to do your research yourself, you can have your research done for you by experienced archivists at the Nationaal Archief. A fee is payable for this service. Click here for the conditions and fees for commissioned research.