Amsterdam City Archives, Amsterdam

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The Amsterdam City Archives preserves documents pertaining to the history of Amsterdam and provides information about the city. With archives covering a shelf-length of about 50 kilometres, the Amsterdam City Archives is the largest municipal archive in the world.HistoryIn the Middle Ages, Amsterdam’s important documents were stored in a special cabinet that was kept in the so-called ‘Iron Chapel’ in the Old Church . In the nineteenth century, the archives moved to the Waag building at the Nieuwmarkt, and in 1914 to the former town hall of Nieuwer-Amstel. Since the summer of 2007, the Amsterdam City Archives have been located in the monumental building De Bazel, in the city-centre, which derives its name from the famous Dutch architect K.P.C. de Bazel, who designed it.PreservationThe Amsterdam City Archives belongs to the government of Amsterdam. It preserves the archives of the municipal government and of the national government when related to Amsterdam, besides those of private institutions, families or individuals, and companies connected with the city. The municipalities of Ouder-Amstel and Amstelveen have also deposited their historical archives at the Amsterdam City Archives. In addition, the City Archives houses a large collection of images and audio-visual material, as well as a library.Among the various documents of international significance kept at the Amsterdam City Archives are the archives of the Heineken brewery and the renowned Concertgebouw, letters written by Charles Darwin and Mahatma Gandhi, an eighteenth-century trade agreement between the city and the newly founded United States of America, the book containing the excommunication of seventeenth-century philosopher Spinoza, and a police report about the theft of Anne Frank’s bike, dated April 13, 1942.
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  • Was here because a friend told me about the exhibit currently on display, about Jewish families from WWII. Very moving and a beautiful building.  more »
  • Crossed the road from a cafe to get a closer look at the building. So pleased we went in. Small but interesting museum, small but well thought out shop. Not a 'must see' but a surprise treat if your i...  more »
  • I visited these archives this past October and found the staff person (sorry, don't remember his name) extremely helpful. He assisted me at the computer terminal, pulled some records from the shelves,...  more »
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  • I was really surprised to find a vault with such an impressive decoration downstairs! It feels like a luxurious bunker in a way. There are loads of super detailed information about Amsterdam history, I particularly loved the ancient photographs and maps of the city. Many current roads were canals before! This part of the building is free to visit. There is also some interesting temporary displays in the atrium.
  • Great exhibit of what Amsterdam used to be. It's pretty cool to get a sense of how the city evolved for the past 2 centuries. The layout of the canals, the buildings, the way of living are all different but yet similar to the past.
  • Good service and a recommendation for scholars and historians interested in Amsterdam's history.
  • Abominable behavior by the security guard. Sometimes it's nicer to answer the question than to scream "eyes are made for looking" at the customer, but that seems to go beyond the average Dutchman's cognitive abilities. Ironically it's the Stadsarchief – truly shows what this city stands for. Bloody disgrace.
  • Very nice exhibitions about historic documents of the city, with super nice personel. The building itself is also super cool, take a look to the old security vaults or the boiler room! The museum shop has great souvenirs of the city, specially books, nice postcards or posters. And at a good price.

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