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  • Depositing Data

    Researchers can store their research data at the Meertens Institute. The Meertens Institute takes care of the sustainable archiving of the data. Data is stored according to the CoreTrustSeal guidelines.

    If you consider storing your data at the Meertens Institute or have any questions, please contact Douwe Zeldenrust, Collection Manager, for information about the procedure.

  • Dutch Diary Archives

    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 CoreTrustSeal 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).

    Reading gatherings

    The documents in the archive are made accessible for research purposes by indexing their content on the basis of categories and key words. Obviously, this involves a considerable amount of reading, which is done by a group of volunteers. One Friday every month, they gather at the Meertens Institute to spend a few hours reading in the morning and the afternoon, interrupted by a communal lunch break. Are you interested in joining this reading group as a regular volunteer, please send an e-mail with your contact details and a (brief) description of your motivation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will contact you a.s.a.p.


    Are you in possession of diaries that may be used for research and that you consider donating to the Meertens Institute? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +31 (0) 20 462 85 00.

  • Data protection

    Name of the service Meertens Collections
    Controller of the personal data file and a contact person

    Meertens Instituut
    PO Box 10855
    1001 EW Amsterdam


    Contact: administration of the Meertens Collections,
    Martine de Bruin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Purpose of the processing of personal data

    Meertens Collections provides services to deposit, view and process digital material made available by the Meertens Instituut.


    Personal data is processed for managing the users’ access rights to the materials in Meertens Collections. Log files are used for ensuring the integrity and availability of the service and for producing statistics of the service use.
    Personal data processed

    Following data is retrieved from your Home Organisation provided that your Home Organisation is wiling to release it: :

    • your unique user identifier (ePPN) or a unique identifier that your Home Organisation issues
    • your Full Name (CN)
    • your affiliation
    • your email address

    If your organisation does not provide some of these user attributes, you might be requested to provide them yourself in order to use certain services.

    Following data may be gathered from yourself:

    • Name
    • your affiliation
    • your email address
    Third parties to whom personal data is disclosed Personal data is not disclosed to 3rd parties.
    How to access, rectify and delete the personal data Contact the contact person above.
    To rectify the data released by your Home Organisation, contact your Home Organisation's IT helpdesk.
    Data retention Your personal data is deleted upon request or after five years of inactivity as a user of the Meertens Collections services.
    Data Protection Code of Conduct Your personal data will be protected according to the Code of Conduct for Service Providers, a common standard for the research and higher education sector to protect your privacy.


  • Audio digitizing

    From 1998 till 2018 two studio's were operational at the Meertens Institute (MI). They where set up with the intention to digitize our own sound archive. There however where so many requests for information on this subject and we also noticed the lack of space for digitizing small and larger quantity of sound carriers in the Netherlands that we dicided to share our knowledge and experience with other institutes and universities.

    The audio digitizing department was under control of Kees Grijpink, who used to work as a sound engineer for international record company's in different functions. Because of this experience and proper investments the MI studio's have been playing an important roll in conserving Dutch cultural heritage.In April 2018 Grijpink retired.
    Grijpink also wrote an instruction manual (in Dutch) for digitizing different sound carriers, including user advices and historical backgrounds. The instruction manual can be downloaded here as a pdf

  • Collections

    This page gives access to the collections of the Meertens Institute. Key issues in the collections are variational linguistics and Dutch ethnology.

    Over 70.000 books, 4.000 journal titles, over 150 digital collections, thousands of hours of audio-recordings and more than 500 paper collections and archieves together form a unique source of information about Dutch language and culture:

    ·      Databases

    ·      Library catalogue

    ·      Overview of archives and collections

    ·      Audio-collections

    Paper and analogue collections are stored in the Meertens Institute, where they are available for everybody who is interested in the research themes of the institute. If you make an appointment before visiting the institute, we will put the material ready for you.  

    The Meertens Institute is certified with the CoreTrustSeal and aims at offering its collections in digital format and open access. An overview of ongoing digitalization projects you will find here.

    If you have any questions or remarks, you can contact:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (coordinator library and archives)

    Douwe Zeldenrust (collection manager)



  • Library

    The Bushuis library is the combined library of the KNAW institutes Meertens Instituut and Huygens ING. The library is freely accessible from Tuesday to Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The visiting address is Kloveneniersburgwal 48 (Bushuis), Amsterdam.
    The library is situated on the third floor. Take the elevator on the left in the hall of the Bushuis.
    The Bushuis library works closely together with the neighbouring NIAS library.

    The Bushuis/NIAS library catalog can be consulted online.
    In the catalog you will find the location (‘signatuur’) of books and magazines on the right hand side of the screen. Titles with a location code starting with the designation ‘depot’ are elsewhere and must be requested. You can do so by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the desired titles. The standard delivery time of material from the depot is several days to a week.

    The Bushuis library is primarily a research library. Over 90,000 books and more than 3,500 journal titles are permanently available for research. The library does not lend books to persons outside the Institute. It is possible to make photocopies or scans (if the original materials are not too brittle).

    Content of the collection

    The Bushuis library collection is in line with the institutes’ research fields. The Meertens Institute is aimed at the field of Dutch language and culture. The focus is on the phenomena that shape everyday life in our society. The main areas are language variation (including a large sub-collection on dialects of Dutch) and ethnology (including literature on national folks songs and folk stories). In addition, the library has a collection in the field of onomastics (literature on first and last names and geographical names). The Huygens ING collection contains books and journals in the fields of history, literature and history of science.