History of the collection: The collection was purchased by the KB in 1939.
Size: The collection comprises approximately 1,000 books, the archive of De nieuwe gids, manuscripts and letters.
Access:The books are listed in the KB online public catalogue and (in part) in the KB card catalogues.The collection
Well before the poet Willem Kloos (1859-1938) died, it was agreed that his library, with the archive of De nieuwe gids as the pièce de resistance, would be housed in the KB. It was partly on the basis of the unique Perk manuscripts that are part of this archive that Dr Stuiveling produced his standard edition of the poems of Jacques Perk in 1941.
Kloos's private correspondence was later placed in the Literary Collection of the Hague Municipal Archive, now the Literary Museum; the rest of the manuscripts went to the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.
A lesser known fact is that Kloos's library was also transferred to the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. This collection has been placed together in the repository and contains approximately one thousand examples of Dutch and foreign literature and publications on art, history and theology.
Overzicht van de verzameling Dr. Willem Kloos. 's-Gravenhage : Algemeene Landsdrukkerij, 1941, IV, 14 p.
'Willem Kloos, dichter en letterkundige 1859-1938'. In: Verzamelaars en verzamelingen. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1789-1998. Zwolle : Waanders, 1998, p. 124-130.
Photograph of Willem Kloos, ca. 1885. From: De beweging van 80, image no. 42. Shelfnumber LHO HS.A 5c TACnie.
Carry van Bruggen, Vier jaargetijden. Amsterdam, 1924. Omslag. Sign: 1350 E 139.
G. van Hulzen, Wrakke levens. Amersfoort, 1903. Omslag. Sign: 1350 F 142
Zehn lyrische selbst-poträte. Leipzig. Omslag. Sign: 1350 A 27.
Prospectus for the 54th year of the Nieuwe Gids, 1939. Shelfnumber 69 E 36.
De Nieuwe Gids
Size: De collection comprises c. 1,5 metres.
Access: An outline of the archive can be found in a printed inventory. The shelf list at the Department of Special Collections offers a more detailed outline of the acquired correspondence, which can also be found in the Catalogus Epistularum Neerlandicarum. The archive also includes a rather extensive collection of documents dating from the latter days of the magazine, among which many unreturned manuscripts, either published or not. This collection has not yet been catalogued.
More information: Ad Leerintveld 070-3140320.
In the part of collection of autographs and documents of the poet Willem Kloos (1859-1938) which was assigned to the KB in 1939 at a partition of documents between the KB and the future Letterkundig Museum, the archive of the Nieuwe Gids occupies a prominent place. The name of this mouthpiece of the "Eighties Movement" already indicates which - in their view archaic - ideas budding young talents such as Kloos, Lodewijk van Deyssel, Frederik van Eeden, Willem Paap and Albert Verwey utterly rejected. The established literary elite, united amongst others in De Gids, were criticised most severely. Not merely by means of the new magazine, but also by badgerings such as Grassprietjes (1884) by Cornelis Paradijs (= Van Eeden), and Julia (1885) by Guido (= Kloos, Verwey and others), a pastiche which was not recognised as such by the critics, an error for which they were rebuked triumphantly by Kloos in De onbevoegdheid der Hollandsche literaire kritiek. The archive offers what can be expected of it: correspondence with authors, minutes of editorial meetings, bookkeeping and administrative records, prospectuses and other documents, including for example a file concerning the Julia-affair.
Overzicht van de verzameling Dr. Willem Kloos. 's-Gravenhage 1941.
G.H. 's-Gravesande. De geschiedenis van de Nieuwe Gids. Arnhem 1945. Met supplement. Arnhem 1961.
De beweging van 80. Samengesteld door B. Luger [e.a.]. 's-Gravenhage 1982. (Schrijvers prentenboek 22).
K. Thomassen. 'Willem Kloos'. In: Verzamelaars en verzamelingen. Koninklijke Bibliotheek 1798-1998. Zwolle 1998, p. 124-130.