History of the Netherlands: Primary Documents

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Netherlands up to 1433

Georeferencing and imaging of monuments of the Franks
(Includes parts of France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland)
(Antiquity to Middle Ages; interactive maps, images)
Portal to a database with uniform descriptions and photographs of medieval manuscripts in the Netherlands.
Datasets and descriptions from collection
(Facsimiles, Dutch interface)
(Transcriptions, Dutch interface)
Maps and images of transformations as seen through cultural artifacts.
Includes data on former Roman provinces found in modern countries, including Austria.
Shows the emergence of a common culture in the northern provinces of the Roman Empire from Britain to the Black Sea.
(Antiquity through 212 AD; maps and facsimile images)
The Frisian book of law, written at the time of Charlemagne.
(Ninth century; Latin transcriptions, Dutch and English translations).
Medieval and early-modern Frisian agrarian law.
(1275-1550; Latin and Frisian language facsimiles of 17 manuscripts)
A manuscript from the 19th century, purporting to relate early history of the Frisians.
(Beware: questionable provenance; Frisian rune facsimiles)
Historical legal sources from the Low Countries.
(1292 to the present; Flemish and Dutch transcriptions, facsimiles and maps)

Burgundian and Habsburg Netherlands 1433-1567

Called the greatest Dutch illuminated manuscript in the world, it was commissioned for the marriage of Catherine of Cleves.
Held in the Morgan Library & Museum.
(1430-1440; facsimiles, Latin transcription and English translation)
From the Reformation Gallery of People.
(1466-1536; image)
Includes a letter from Erasmus to Thomas More.
(1466-1536; 1688 translation by John Wilson)
Index of titles
(1477-20th century; Dutch facsimiles)
Accounts of the toll which the king of Denmark levied on shipping through the Sound between Sweden and Denmark.
Important sources for research on economic and maritime trade history in Northern Europe.
(1497-1857; searchable datasets, registration may be required to view results)
(24 January 1506; Russian translation)
Accessible by browsing or by advanced search protocols
Over 12,000 letters digitized by the Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis
Can be viewed in the Dutch interface.
(1551-1584; facsimiles of letters in various languages, mostly Dutch and French).

Independence, Empire and Decline 1567-1815

  • Works by Jacobus Arminius (Jakob Hermanszoon)
Works by the Dutch theologian.
Volume I
Volume II
Volume III
(1560-1609; English translations)
National anthem of the Netherlands, oldest in the world. Adopted in 1932.
(Dutch with English translation; 1574)
The so-called "Dutch Declaration of Independence" in the original Dutch and in synoptic English translation
Another English translation is available through the Modern History Sourcebook.
Warning: both English translations above are incomplete; certain sections have not been included.
(26 July 1581; Dutch transcriptions and English translations)
Including encounters with "los rebeldes de las islas de Holanda y Zelanda".
(1592-1597; facsimiles of originals in BYU Special Collections)
List of collections of digitized newspapers.
(Dutch facsimiles)
Digital library of Library of Congress in cooperation with the National Library of the Netherlands.
A bilingual site offering digitized books, prints, maps and manuscripts on the Dutch presence in America.
Also covers the interactions between the United States and the Netherlands, from Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage to the post-World-War-II period.
(16th to 20th centuries)
Part of The Avalon Project.
(1621; English translation)
Virtually complete survey of the direct shipping between the Netherlands and Asia between 1595-1795.
Search for a voyage or browse the overview of voyages.
The Tulip Book of P. Cos, including weights and prices from the years of speculative tulip mania.
(1637; photo facsimiles in GIF or JPEG format)
(1643; Russian transcription)
Description of Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
(1660; Latin)
(17 August 1670-24 August 1671; Russian transcription)
Important treatise by Dutch philosopher Baruch de Spinoza.
(1670; English translation)
Spinoza's unfinished treatise on politics.
(1677; English translation)
Excerpts from account of visit.
(17th century; Russian translation)
Search database of Dutch digitized media.
Radio bulletins
(17th-20th century; Dutch facsimiles and transcriptions)
Collaboration between Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Prof. Dr. Dietmar Peil) and the Bavarian State Library (Dr. Markus Brantl).
(17th and 18th centuries; searchable database of facsimiles)
A set of historical maps from Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum's Historic Cities
Collection of historical maps of Netherlands.
Collection of historical maps of Europe.
(facsimiles; Hungarian)
(1716-1717; Russian transcription)
List of digitized newspapers.
(1720-1995; Dutch facsimiles)
List of digitized newspapers.
(1752 to the present; Dutch facsimiles)
(April 1747; Russian translation)
Database containing data of around 50,000 records of ship voyages passing the Sont in the 18th century.
(18th century; digitized lists)
(21 July 1780; Russian transcription)
Pamphlet published in 1781 that led to Dutch patriotic revolt.
Selected excerpts are also available in English translation: To the People of the Netherlands!
(1781; Dutch transcription)
Including constitutional origins, treaties, maps and other documents.
(1795-1806; Dutch transcriptions and facsimiles under "Documents")
Site includes letters from soldiers under Napolean.
(1795-1815; Dutch transcriptions)
An excerpt from the writings of William Temple, British ambassador to the Netherlands
From the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1814; English translation)

Kingdom of the Netherlands 1815-present

Includes directories of soldiers: 1, 2, 3.
Search option available.
Also includes a letter from Koops Wietse van der Velde to parents.
(1831; Dutch records and transcription)
Including the correspondence of J. R. Thorbecke and of Groen van Prinsterer.
See especially "Documents" section.
(1848-1870; Dutch transcriptions)
(1859; Dutch facsimiles)
(1868; Dutch facsmiles)
(1883-1950; Dutch facsimiles)
List of digitized newspapers.
(1893-1967; Dutch facsimiles)
(pre-1914 to post-1918; translations and transcriptions)
A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1914-1918; transcriptions and translations)
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1914-1919; translations)
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1918-1941; translations)
742 films free to watch from 9 archives.
Use search bar at top of page.
(1933-1950; Dutch films)
Browse and Search here.
(1933-1945; Dutch interface)
A collection of documents related to WWII.
Part of The Avalon Project.
(1938-1947; transcriptions and English translations)
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1938-1946; translations)
A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1939-1945; transcriptions and translations)
Official government histories (mostly U.S.), source documents, and other primary references.
See especially The Kingdom of the Netherlands in World War II.
(1939-1945; English transcriptions and translations)
Browse by theme to link to related websites.
(1940-1945; Dutch)
Especially see documents.
Also includes videos, images. Browse various collections.
(1940-1945; Dutch interface, facsimiles, videos, and images)
Browsing by theme reveals transcriptions, facsimiles.
Also browse digital collections.
(1940-1945; Dutch facsimiles, images)
Various publications.
(1940-1945; facsimiles)
Browse facsimiles
Browse by keyword
Browse by author
(1940-1945; Dutch facsimiles)
Searchable by date.
Through CHoral project.
(1940-1945; Dutch audio clips)
Browse by category
(1940-1945; facsimiles, Dutch interface)
(1940-1945; facsimiles, Dutch interface)
Browse facsimiles
Browse by original collection
(1940-1945; Dutch facsimiles)
(1940-1945; facsimiles, images, Dutch interface)
Browse by subject
Browse by author
(1940-1945; Dutch facsimiles)
Video interviews with people involved in WWII.
Click on various themes or projects to view related video interviews.
(1940-1945; Dutch videos)
Video interviews of Dutch survivors of the Nazi Sobibór extermination camp in East Poland.
(1940-1945; Dutch videos)
Includes interviews with people involved in WWII music.
(1940-1945; videos, Dutch interface)
This community foreshadowed the formation of the EU. It was dissolved in 2002 and its functions were absorbed by the EU. The Netherlands was one of the original members.
(1951; English)
Newspapers digitized by the Royal Library in the Delpher virtual collection.
(1618-1995; facsimiles)
Historic radio bulletins digitized by the Royal Library in the Delpher virtual collection.
(1937-1984; transcriptions)
A collection of links to historic Dutch (and other) newspapers.
Click on opened newspaper pages for enlargement icons.
(17th to 20th centuries; facsimiles)
  • Foreign relations between Netherlands and the US
Documents from US State Department and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(1945-1950; English transcriptions)

Dutch Constitutional and Legal Documents

(1) Dutch Constitution.
(2) Statute of relationship between the Netherlands, the Dutch Antilles, and Aruba.
(With updates through 2006; transcriptions in PDF file)
(17 February 1983; English translations and excerpts)
Digitised minutes of the meetings of both chambers of the Dutch parliament (Staten-Generaal) for the period 1814-1995.
Searchable online database of Dutch legislation, consisting of over 28,000 document versions of all Dutch national regulations.
Dutch-language interface.
(Transcriptions and downloadable facsimiles)
Collection of Dutch Laws.
Statutes, criminal and civil codes, and other legal materials.
A portal of the BYU Law School.
Library of Congress guide to constitutional, legal and government documents.

Historical Collections

"Finds from the Provincial Administrative Archives of Friesland, from 1813 to 1924 with names from the Netherlands and abroad."
Regularly updated.
Includes photos.
(1813-1924; Dutch)
Click on regions to browse maps and various layers.
(1832; maps, Dutch interface)
Websites from a consortium of Dutch dataset providers.
See especially Historical Collection.
Requires free registration to view most documents.
(Facsimiles and transcriptions in searchable databases)
Digital History Library for Friesland, containing scores of printed sources for Frisian history.
Includes the Netherlands' earliest newspaper, De Vrije Fries (1839 - 1929)
(18th century to present; Frisian and Dutch facsimiles)
Digital collection of Frisian historical materials, ranging from atlases and photos to manuscripts and letters.
(Medieval to present; Frisian and Dutch facsimiles)
Historical images from the Regional History Century at Tilburg.
Collection of 4,000 photos relating to the history of migrants in the Netherlands.
Search the database, search by collection, or search by topic.
Project by the International Institute of Social History.
(20th century; images)
Collection of hundreds of years of Dutch census data.
(1795-1971; English)
Exhibition showcasing the development of courtly fashion as depicted in the art of Medieval France and the Netherlands.
Timeline spanning from the "Fashion Revolution" (c. 1330) to the beginning of the Renaissance in France.
(1325-1515; manuscripts and descriptions)
A set of historical maps from Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum's Historic Cities
18th century map of the Netherlands coast.
(1791; zoomable map)
17th century map of the Low Countries drawn in the form of a lion.
(1611; zoomable map)
Highlights from the University of Utrecht Library's collection of maps and atlases in digital format.
(16th to 19th centuries; facsimile maps with annotations)
Digitized maps from the Dutch National Digital Archives.
Digitized photos from the Dutch National Digital Archives.
Also contains a collection of coats of arms for other European countries and principalities.
Searchable image database.
Browse by theme.
Historical images
(Dutch; images)
Independent organization for archiving and preserving photos.
(Dutch; images)
Digitized collections of NIOD.
Dutch heritage sites viewed with Google street view technology.
Beemster Polder
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
(Interactive facsimile images)
Collection of peace agreements entered into by the Netherlands.
Dutch page of the World Documents Library.
(photos; facsimiles)
From Digitale Bibliotheek Voor De Nederlandse Letteren.
Includes transcriptions of texts and some facsimiles.
Browse: by year, by author, by title, or by genre.
(1100-2014; Dutch transcriptions and facsimiles)
From Digitale Bibliotheek Voor De Nederlandse Letteren.
Includes transcriptions of texts and some facsimiles.
Browse: by year, by author, by title, or by genre.
(1612-2013; Dutch transcriptions and facsimiles)
From Digitale Bibliotheek Voor De Nederlandse Letteren.
Includes transcriptions of texts and some facsimiles.
Browse: by year, by author, by title, or by genre.
(1781-2014; Dutch transcriptions and facsimiles)
Search newspapers, browse regional maps.
(Dutch facsimiles)
Online records of the city of Amsterdam.

Dutch Genealogical Collections

List of contents.
Includes geneological records and manuscripts.
(Dutch facsimiles)
Data, photos, from Dutch cemeteries. Left-hand navigation sorted by region.
Advanced search option.
(Dutch transcriptions, interface)
Includes genealogical records, city archives, search options, letters and posters, and research guides.
(Dutch facsimiles)
Searchable database (upper left hand corner).
Includes facsimiles of birth, marriage, death, and civil registry documents.
(English interface, Dutch facsimiles)
Geneological archives including photos.
Search records
Search ADRKF property data on 40,000 deceased Roman Catholic people from Friesland.
Advanced search
Includes options to search by parish.
Search genealogical records from various regions.
(Dutch interface, records)
Use left-hand navigation to browse book facsimiles and transcriptions.
(1528-1811; Dutch facsimiles and transcriptions)
Includes handwriting guide for Ruurd Jans Deelstra manuscript.
Other access to genealogical work.
(1810; Dutch facsimiles, transcriptions)
Includes part of his diary, letters, pocketbook notes, and accounts of his descendents.
(1812-1909; photos, Dutch facsimiles and transcriptions)
Newspaper clippings, photographs, certificates. Option to search by name.
(1906-1950; Dutch facsimiles)

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EuroDocs Creator: Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer,
Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.
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