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I'm looking for a place

Are you doing research into a particular place? The Nationaal Archief has a large collection of maps and drawings. It also has a lot of information about the former Dutch colonies and a very interesting photograph collection. If you want to know more about the history of your house or place of residence, the best place to start your research is in the local records office, such as the municipal or regional archives. The Nationaal Archief administers the archives of South Holland, so if you are looking for a house or place there, you will find information from the South Holland land register at the Nationaal Archief.

Maps and drawings

The Nationaal Archief has a large collection of maps and drawings. Some of the maps and drawings have been digitised, but by no means all of them. In order to find the correct map or drawing you will have to spend some time studying the archive inventories. Go to the ‘Map collection’ page and search the descriptions of the entire map collection or look for digitised maps.

Photographic archives

You can also find a lot of visual material about specific places in the Nationaal Archief's photographic archives. Much of this archive is already available in digital form on this website. Have a look on the Search page of the Photographic Archives.

Former colonies

Looking to find out more about a specific place in one of the former Dutch colonies? Then you can also consult the map collection. If you want to do a more extensive search, the research guide below will help you. 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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