OVN New Guide to Dutch Masonic archives
OVN, a Dutch
foundation for the advancement of academic research into the history of
freemasonry in the Netherlands, recently published a useful guide
to Masonic archives and documents in public collections in the
Netherlands: Archiefwijzer maçonnieke archieven. Overzicht
van historische archieven van Nederlandse vrijmetselaarsorden in openbare
collecties (Den Haag 2007, ISBN
978-90-807778-4-2, 114 pages).
the guide is written in Dutch, the content might interest scholars from other
countries as well. Most will be already familiar with the Cultural Masonic
Centre in The Hague (the important collection of the Grand East of the
Netherlands), but the archives listed here form a ‘missing link’ or rather
‘fitting puzzle piece’ to that collection.
publication is the result of a project, which was carried out in 2006-2007. The
OVN approached all public archives (state and municipal) in the Netherlands with
a basic questionnaire, concerning the presence of Masonic documents or archives
in these collections. Based on the data received and additional research, the
OVN compiled an overview, which counts no less than 57 relevant collections.
These collections contain the complete archives of 22 Dutch lodges, as well as
hundreds of individual documents, such as letters and membership documents, from
individual freemasons, dating from the 18th to the 20th century. These are
listed in the guide, stating the address of the archive, the relevant
registration number(s) and a short description.
Archiefwijzer also provides contact addresses of relevant private
archives, such as those in the possession of the Order of Freemasons under the
Grand East of the Netherlands and three mixed Dutch Orders (Le Droit Humain,
Nederlandsch Verbond van Vrijmetselaren, Nederlandse Grootloge der Gemengde
Vrijmetselarij). Along with specialized libraries and academic organizations, a
total of 75 organizations is included in the guide.
to the support of several cultural funds, the whole first edition could be
distributed free of charge amongst students, scholars and archive professionals.
Due to unexpectedly great demand, this stock is now already depleted. In March
2008, a second print run will be made available against production costs: €
10,- excl. postage. For orders and more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea Kroon, OVN.
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