Always been curious about that one mysterious Amsterdam grandfather? Or looking for documents that could tell us more about the history of your house? Reminisce in image and sound at a concert Paradiso?
Zo maar wat vragen waarop de antwoorden te vinden zijn in het Stadsarchief Amsterdam.
The city archives accessible to everyone
This 'public memory' of the city attracts thousands of visitors. People who are searching for their roots, students, town historians, photographers, journalists ... In short, a very mixed group, which is already clear that the City Archives is hugely wide in scope.
Tens of kilometers of archive space taken up by documents and of the municipal authorities, institutes and businesses. These documents, many of which are yet to come from the golden age, give a wonderful picture of the history of Amsterdam.
Het Stadsarchief is zeer gevarieerd en uitgebreid
The beautiful historic building 'De Bazel' where you can find the City Archives also includes a library. Each book in which anything is written about Amsterdam can be seen there. But not only books: Amsterdam also magazines and newspapers, some even 350 years, are part of the collection.
Amsterdam is one of the most drawings and photographs of cities in the world. No wonder that the City Archives has a huge collection of images. More than 700.000 photos and thousands of drawings are on display there. The creators are often not known but there is also work by famous names like George Breitner, Ed van der Elsken and Mondrian.
The more recent history of Amsterdam goes further life on the basis of moving images and sound. For example, the City Archives has a large collection of films that give a beautiful picture of Amsterdam during the war years.
Cursussen in het Stadsarchief
Wie bang is in de enorme hoeveelheid materiaal en informatie te ´verdrinken´, hoeft niet te wanhopen. Medewerkers van het Stadsarchief staan altijd met raad en daad voor je klaar. Dat is echter nog niet alles. Wil je zelf stamboomonderzoek gaan doen dan kun je meedoen aan jaarlijks gegeven cursussen die je op weg helpen. Je leert dan bijvoorbeeld oude handschriften te ontcijferen.
To show what treasures there are all hidden in the archives, the City Archives has set up a permanent exhibition. In addition, in the central hall constantly changing exhibitions on a specific theme.
The archive store
Not looking for specific historical information? No worries! Then a visit to the City Archives more than worthwhile. The archive store include a huge range of books, posters, games, maps, CDs, DVDs, postcards, etc. all of which have a link with Amsterdam.
Café de BazelCafé de Bazel
And last but not least you can in café De Bazel enjoy not only coffee, cakes and a tasty lunch or afternoon tea but also the beautiful setting of the listed building.