Modern manuscripts (from c. 1550)

The modern manuscripts collection comprises some 5,000 book manuscripts (including c. 770 alba amicorum) and 130,000 letters. This page provides links to descriptions of the individual collections.

Alba Amicorum

Alba Amicorum

  • The Koninklijke Bibliotheek owns a collection of approximately 770 alba amicorum and verse albums from 1556 onwards.
Bogaers

Bogaers

  • More than two meters of manuscripts and c.3,500 early printed books from the library of Adriaan Bogaers
Letters

Letters

  • The KB has an estimated 125,000 to 150,000 letters from the middle of the sixteenth century to the present
Cornets-De Groot

Cornets-De Groot

  • The Cornets-De Groot family archive contains documents related to Hugo de Groot and the (Cornets) De Groot family
Cremer

Cremer

  • De collection manuscripts of writer Jacob Jan Cremer (1827-1880)
Cuper

Cuper

  • The papers of Gijsbert Cuper (1644-1716), professor of classical languages and rector
Huygens

Huygens

  • The Huygens collection comprises the literary estate of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687) and his descendants,
Immerzeel

Immerzeel

  • The Immerzeel collection consists of letters to the bookseller and man of letters Joh. Immerzeel Jr. (1776-1841)
Kloos / De nieuwe gids

Kloos / De nieuwe gids

  • About 1.000 books on Willem Kloos en the archive of 'De nieuwe gids'
Marsman

Marsman

  • The correspondence, proofs, annotated books, offprints and reviews of the work of the Dutch poet Hendrik Marsman (1899-1940)
Perk

Perk

  • The manuscripts of and concerning Jacques Perk (1859-1881) contain variant versions of his work
Pijper

Pijper

  • Willem Pijper (1894-1947) was a composer, conductor and publicist
Schoemaker

Schoemaker

  • The ‘atlas’ of Andries Schoemaker (1660-1735) consists of topographical descriptions with drawn townscapes,
Sierksma

Sierksma

  • The archive of the theologian, essay writer and poet Fokke Sierksma (1917-1977)
Te Winkel

Te Winkel

  • The archive of the professor of Dutch literature Jan te Winkel (1847-1927)
Tollens

Tollens

  • Manuscripts, letters and special copies of printed works of the poet H.F. Tollens Cz. (1780-1856).
Toorop

Toorop

  • In 1929 the KB acquired the archive of the painter Johannes Theodoor Toorop (1858-1928).
Witsen

Witsen

  • Collection of letters written to the painter, etcher, photographer and publicist Willem Witsen (1860-1923).