You can find all descriptions in the online archive portal. Here you can search through all descriptions using any keyword or combination of keywords.

  • If you are looking for information about specific persons, look for institutions which may have showed an interest in your research topic.
  • Before visiting NIOD make a list of the archives that you wish to consult. Always write down the archive and inventory number. You will need these numbers to electronically request the record in our reading room.
  • Some records have restricted public access. Under the heading ‘Access’ (Openbaarheid) you can find information about the status and possibly required permission for each archive.
  • When you have found the archive you wish to consult, you can see if it has been made accessible. If it has, you can find that entry below the number of the archive. There are also binders in the reading room with paper versions of the entries.

Archive and inventory number

NIOD’s archive contains several separate archives and collections. Each has its own unique number. These separate archives and collections may also contain several parts. The inventory number is the unique number of each separate dossier within an archive or collection. With the combination of the archive and inventory number you can request a record through the computers in the reading room.

For example: you are interested in the foundation of the Jewish Council in Amsterdam. Through the online search entry you search for “Joodsche Raad Amsterdam oprichting” and you will find archive number 182 Joodsche Raad in Amsterdam (Jewish Council in Amsterdam).

The yellow markers will then show you which inventory numbers are relevant for your query, in this case 1, 270, 271, 272 and 182. You can request the records through the computers located in NIOD’s reading room by filling your pass number, the archive number and the inventory number. A staff member will then retrieve the records from the archive.

The meaning of the elements in the archive description

Of each archive or collection creator you can see:

  • The number of the archive or collection;
  • The name of the archive or collection;
  • The period covered by the archive or the announcement ‘collectie’ (collection);
  • Size in running meters and in number of archive boxes;
  • Whether the material has been made accessible;
  • Whether the material is fully public or not.

For many archives and collections a short description is given of the institute or person that has created the archive. In some cases the heading ‘inhoud’ (contents) contains information about the nature of the records in the archive or collection. The text may refer to other archives and collections related to the activity of the archive creator or the subject of the collection.