Size: The collection stands at ca. 3 metres.
Access: The collection has been made accessible by means of the inventory. This also contains an exhaustive survey of all correspondence. The letters have not yet been incorporated in the CEN. Apart from a few exceptions, the archive can be consulted at the Special Collections reading room. This also applies to the collection of printed books with Sierksma's handwritten notes.
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The archive of Fokke Sierksma (1917-1977) was donated to the KB by his heirs. His bequeathed papers reflect his eventful life serving both learning (he was a professor in Leiden) and culture. The collection comprises material of divergent character: lecture notes, poems, essays, manuscripts of published and unpublished studies (often almost ready for press), letters and study notes. Besides, Sierksma built up an extensive collection of articles published in magazines and newspapers, and a large number of reviews on works written by him. Another part of the archive is constituted by printed books containing Sierksma's handwritten notes; a selection of 52 books from a collection which originally numbered 400 volumes.
Sierksma owes his fame both to his scholarly works written for a broad readership, e.g. De religieuze projectie (Delft 1956), and De mens en zijn goden *(Amsterdam 1959), and to his critical analysis of the new medium television *Testbeeld. Essays over mens en televisie(Amsterdam 1963). He also made his name as a literator. As co-editor of the periodical Podium he had connections with famous authors such as W.F. Hermans and Simon Vestdijk.
- Updated version of Beck's bibliography of Sierksma's works, 2016 (PDF)
- E.T. van der Vlist. Inventaris van de schriftelijke nalatenschap van Fokke Sierksma (1917-1977). Den Haag 1991.
- H.L. Beck en K.D. Jenner. Fokke Sierksma, a biographical sketch and bibliography. Leiden 1982.