Size: The collection comprises c. 1 metre.
Access: There is no summarising overview of the archive. There is a typewritten inventory of the central part of the collection, the remaining parts can be found by means of the alphabetical file and the catalogue at the Department of Special Collections. The letters have been made accessible in the Catalogus Epistularum Neerlandicarum.
More information: Ad Leerintveld 070-3140320.
In 1947, R.L. Marsman-Barendregt was given a state order to collect as many records as possible by, or concerning Hendrik Marsman (1899-1940). This collection was subsequently placed at the KB by the Department of Education, Arts and Sciences. Since then, the collection has been expanded systematically with donations and purchases. Within the literature of the interbellum period, the poet, author, critic and translator H. Marsman occupies a prominent place. The collection Verzen of 1923 created a minor sensation and was soon dubbed "the red book". His numerous reviews and dissertations were published in e.g. NRC and periodicals such as De Vrije Bladen and Forum. Marsman was in close contact with almost all contemporary celebrities, including E. du Perron, M. ter Braak and S. Vestdijk (with whom he wrote the epistolary novel Heden ik, morgen gij, published in 1947).
The archive consists of manuscripts, correspondence, galleys, a few, sometimes very comically annotated books (e.g. by Du Perron), and an extensive collection of offprints and copies of critiques and reviews.
- J.L. Goedegebuure, Op zoek naar een bezield verband. 2 dln. Amsterdam 1981.
- K. Thomassen. 'H. Marsman'. In: Verzamelaars en verzamelingen. Koninklijke Bibliotheek 1798-1998. Zwolle 1998, p. 132-136.
- Gebiologeerd door zichzelf. Samenstelling Reinder Storm en Kees Thomassen. Den Haag 1999.