Size: The collection comprises c. 12 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 been incorporated in the Catalogus Epistularum Neerlandicarum, but the inventory is still the primary source of information for those with specific questions.
More information: Ad Leerintveld 070-3140320.
In 1953 P.W. te Winkel handed over his father's archive to H.A. Ett, to be placed at the Letterkundig Museum. As Jan te Winkel owes his fame to his scholarly activities and since his role as a literary man was never an important one, the decision was made in 1981 to hand over the archive to the KB on a permanent loan. Subsequently, in 1984, a number of documents which had already been incorporated in the collection of the Letterkundig Museum, were added to this loan.
The archive excells in its completeness - the initiator of the collection apparently did not want to throwing away anything - and therefore yields a comprehensive impression of the life and work of the Netherlands specialist and professor Jan te Winkel (1847-1927). Thus it not only contains 12,000 letters received, and copies of 1000 letters sent by Te Winkel, but also a wealth of lecture notes by him, and notes, draft and final versions of scholarly articles and publications, among which, obviously, his dissertation Maerlants werken, beschouwd als spiegel van de dertiende eeuw (Leiden 1877) and his magnum opus: De ontwikkelingsgang der Nederlandse letterkunde. 5 pts. Haarlem 1908-1921, and the 2nd revised ed. 3 pts in 7 vols. Haarlem 1922-1927.
- J.J.M. Bos en N.J.P. van der Lof. Inventaris van het archief van Prof.dr. Jan te Winkel (1847-1927). 's-Gravenhage 1984.
- Jan te Winkel, Neerlandicus. Samengesteld door J. Bos e.a. ['s-Gravenhage 1985]. Tentoonstellingscatalogus Koninklijke Bibliotheek.