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How does 'My profile' work?

You can search the Nationaal Archief and Spaarnestad Photo collections on our website freely. But for some services you will need to create an account.
The resulting profile will enable you to:

  • Place and view orders
  • Order documents to view in the reading room
  • Add transcriptions
  • Save your favourites
  • Check your search history
  • Edit your account information
  • Change your password

Creating an account

To create an account, click on 'Log in' in the top right-hand corner of the page and then click on ‘Create an account’. Enter your details. Fields marked with an * are required fields.

Before you can create an account you must agree to the Terms and Conditions, please take time to read them through.

At the bottom of the screen you will be asked to solve a mathematical question. This is designed to prevent the site being abused by spammers creating automatic accounts and leaving unwanted messages. 

Logging in

Loggin on to your account? Go to ‘Log in’ and log in with your username and password.

Forgotten your password?

If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new one on the log-in page. When you enter your username or e-mail address, a new password will be sent to your registered e-mail address.

Please contact us if you changed your e-mail address and no longer have access to your old one. For safety reasons, we cannot send your login and password to an e-mail address other than the one you registered with. 

Changes to your profile

If you want to change personal details or your password you should firstly log in to your account. Then go to 'My profile' and select ‘Change my personal details’. If you want change your password you will be asked to enter your password twice to confirm the correct spelling.

Deleting a profile

To delete your profile, log in and go to 'My profile'. Select Change My Personal Details. At the bottom you will find a button for deleting your profile.

Options in 'My profile'

My favourites

Shows your personal favourites. If you are logged in, there will be an ‘Add to favourites’ button at the bottom of each page. You can use this button to save records or indexes that you have found and want to research further, for example.

My Search History

Lists all the searches you have conducted. When you click on a stored search, it will be run again. It might be helpfull to run stored searches after a while, because any relevant newly added content to the website will be shown in the results. 

My viewing orders

My viewing orders lists all the orders you have queued for viewing original documents in the Nationaal Archief reading room. You can remove or confirm them and also view previously confirmed orders.

You can order an original document on the detail page for that document. You can queue several documents and then confirm your order afterwards.

Read more about ordering original documents.

My webshop orders

An overview of all the orders you have placed via the webshop.

My downloads

An overview of any downloads that are ready for you, e.g. scans you have ordered.

Read more about ordering reproductions.

My questions and comments

Lists all questions and comments you have submitted using the contact form.

My transcriptions

An overview of all the transcriptions to which you have contributed.

My comments

An overview of all the comments you have left, e.g. about records, indexes or news articles. Only comments you enter while you are logged in are listed here. You can also comment without logging in, but these comments will not be linked to your Profile.

Read more about leaving comments. 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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