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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  • Wandering around Amsterdam - the last day of the National Museum Week - I decided the have a look at the City Archives (Stadsarchief as it was my last chance to visit the Dolf Toussaint photo exhibiti...  more »
  • The Amsterdam City Archives fascinated me for its unique and wonderful façade. Even if you do not enter, like us, please pass on the street and admire this work of art. Inside, you can find several exhibitions on the history of Amsterdam.
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  • The old bank vault in the basement is amazing (and free!) to see. It's a beautiful art deco room and there are photos displayed inside. Definitely worth a look
  • Wanna know more about the history of our city? This is the place to go. The rich history of Amsterdam is at your fingertips...
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