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Photograph collection

The Nationaal Archief photograph collections

The Nationaal Archief photograph collection contains photographs of events that took place during the period 1880 to 1990. The material comes from various collections which have been acquired by the Nationaal Archief over the years. You can view around 500,000 photographs from this collection on this website.

View the photograph collection (in Dutch).

Standard search

With a standard search, you will only search for the term you enter. The system will check the image keywords to find any images that match this search term. In the right-hand column of the results page, you can filter the results by collection/archive, photographer, year and location, for example. You can also filter them to display only photographs that can be ordered.

Advanced search

Use this option if you want to search by archive, photographer, location, archive inventory or inventory number. You can also specify whether you want to search the comments that visitors have left on the website, or whether you want to do a ‘fuzzy’ search which includes spelling variations. The default search includes comments and user contributions and has the fuzzy search disabled. Click on ‘Sort by’ to specify what order you want the search results to be displayed in.

View photographs

When the results of your search are displayed on your screen and you click on a photograph you want to view, a bar will appear below the photograph, with various options:

  • Click to go to next search result
  • Next image in series of current search result
  • Move the photograph on the screen
  • Zoom in/out
  • Select all or part of the image and save
  • Rotate
  • Full screen
  • Colour correction
  • Comment: you can leave a comment about the photograph See also the instructions on leaving comments.

Order downloads

Depending on the copyright situation, downloads or prints of some of the images can be ordered via the online shop. On the search results page, you can see in the Filter Results column on the right whether there are any pictures that can be ordered.

If the photograph can be ordered, there will be a shopping cart button on the right under the photograph. Click on this button. A figure 1 will appear next to the shopping cart in the top right-hand corner of the page. Then you can continue to view the collection and order more photographs if you wish. When you have finished looking at the photographs, click on the shopping cart in the top right-hand corner of the page. You can edit your order on this page, then you will be taken to the payment page

NB: To order photographs you will need a profile and you will need to be logged in. If you have not yet created a profile, you will be given the opportunity to create one before you complete your order.

gahetNA is a website of the Society for the Nationaal Archief in cooperation with the Nationaal Archief and Spaarnestad Photo.
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