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.
In 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.
The 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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  • The archives has a lot of historical records but also so much more. The building was designed by a famous architect and was restored to it's original splendor some years ago. The exterior has statues ...  more »
  • 'Let's Fly Away' is a photo exhibition in conection with 100 years KLM- The Royal Dutch Airlines. It's quite nice photos collection of the (famous) passengers in 100 years and also collection items su...  more »
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  • Very friendly staff and nice place to get to know the history of the city
  • Just a temporary exhibit, Fietsstad Amsterdam, but very nicely done! It wasn’t too large, thus managed to keep my interest all way through. Also, very affordable entrance 😉
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