Diaries and other egodocuments provide a unique and personal view of Dutch history, culture, and language. The Meertens Institute collects diaries in cooperation with the Dutch Diary Archive Foundation.
The Meertens Institute manages the donated documents and materials with great care and makes them accessible to researchers and to the general public. Among other things, the Dutch Diary Archive focuses on the accessibility of content. More information can be found on the Dutch Diary Archive website.
Diary donation procedure
- An offered document is judged on suitability.
- If a document is considered suitable, the author/donor and a staff member of the Meertens Institute will sign a contract.
- The diary will be stored in the archive of the Meertens Institute.
- The Meertens Institute has been certified with the Data Seal of Approval and it adheres to the Code of conduct for using personal data in research as drawn up by the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands).