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How does 'My profile' work?

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

  • Place and view orders
  • Reserve items 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 with the Terms and Conditions, so please take your time to read these through.

At the bottom of the screen you will be asked to enter a code. This is designed to prevent the site being abused by spammers creating automatic accounts and leaving unwanted messages. If you have trouble reading the characters, you can have them read to you by clicking on 'Audio verification'. When you click on the ‘Play’ button, you will hear five words. Enter the first letter of each word in the box.

Logging in

Do you already have an 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.

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. In that case, please contact us.

Changing a profile

To change your details, you will first need to log in. Then go to 'My profile' and select ‘Change my personal details’. You can also change your password here. You will be asked to enter your password twice to make sure that you do not make a spelling mistake.

Deleting a profile

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

Options in 'My profile'

My favourites

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

My Search History

Here you will find a list of all the searches you have done. When you click on a stored search, it will be run again. There may well be more results than last time if the website has been added to in the meantime.

Your search history will automatically be updated when you are logged in.

My reservations

Here you will find all your reservations for records you want to view in the Nationaal Archief reading room.

You can reserve a record on the detail page for that record. You can queue several records for reservation and then confirm your reservation afterwards.

In My Reservations you can view all the reservations you have queued. You can remove them or confirm them here. You can also see any previous reservations you have confirmed.

Read more about reserving records.

My orders

An overview of all the orders you have placed via the web shop.

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

If you have submitted a question or a comment using the contact form, you can find it here. The answer will also be displayed here so that you can retrieve it later.

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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