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National Archives of the Netherlands: Institution Main


The National Archives of the Netherlands is the guardian of some of the most iconic documents from Dutch history, dating back more than 1,000 years. Every year, thousands of researchers, journalists, students, and citizens worldwide consult their extensive collection. Their 137 kilometres of documents, 15 million photographs, 300,000 maps and drawings, and almost 330 terabytes of digital scans and documents offer a variety of information. These include documents related to the central government of the Netherlands, the county of Holland, and the regional and provincial administrations of South Holland, as well as documents from private institutions and individuals.

“Archives contain possible answers for the future. Archives represent our democratic values. Archives must be accessible for everyone, everywhere. We work to bring together and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, for future generations.”

The NAN supplies historical information to a worldwide public, and is responsible for sustainably managing and publicly presenting the archival collection.

Relevant collections at the National Archives of the Netherlands (NAN)

The NAN provides access to a large number of documents containing information about the historical relationship between Japan and the Netherlands. For over 200 years, the Dutch were the only Western nation allowed to trade with the Japanese. Important and unique materials related to this period are available for researchers globally, both online and in person at the NAN in The Hague. These include the archives of the Dutch East India Company, as well as more recent archival collections, such as those related to the Second World War. The database of the ‘Interneringskaarten’ contains important information about this specific period in history.

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Institution: National Archives of the Netherlands (NAN)

Founded: 1802

Type: National archive

Location: The Hague, Netherlands

Using the Library

Visitors can use the archives and all its research facilities Tuesday from 10:00 – 21:00 and Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 – 17:00. More information on the opening hours can be found here.

The Information Centre of the National Archive, including the Reading Room, is accessible free of charge.

Original files can only be studied in the Reading Room. When you visit the Reading Room for the first time, you need to get a visitor pass at the information desk on presentation of a valid passport (required). In order to obtain the records you wish to study, you need to make an online reservation at least 30 minutes in advance. The reserved documents will be collected for you from the repository and brought to the Reading Room for you to study.

Information on reserving records for study is available here.

Japan Guide

NAN's brand-new fully searchable Japan Guide, accessible through Archives Portal Europe, can be found here.

This is the best way to search for Japan-related content in the NAN collection.


An earlier version of the guide in .pdf format can also be found here, with user instructions available here.


Visitors address
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 20
2595 BE The Hague

Postal address
PO Box 90520
2509 LM The Hague


  • Switchboard: +31 (0)70 3315400
  • For questions about the content of the archive collection or specific archives, contact the information office Tuesday - Friday, 13.00 - 17.00 hours:+31 (0)70 3315444

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