Nationaal Archief Joins Flickr The Commons

Tobacco Factory Mignot & De Block, Eindhoven (c. 1919).

Tobacco Factory Mignot & De Block, Eindhoven (c. 1919).

public domain Collection: Nationaal Archief

On 21 October 2008, the Nationaal Archief launched a pilot programme by being the very first Dutch heritage institution to join Flickr The Commons, an initiative instigated by the Library of Congress (USA) and the international photography website Flickr. By doing so, the Nationaal Archief is sharing its historic collections of photographs with a wider public in order to enable them to supplement and enhance the collections.

Thanks to the close alliance between the Nationaal Archief and Spaarnestad Photo, photographs have also been added from this archive. Visitors can add information to the photographs of the Labour Inspectorate (Arbeidsinspectie) from the second half of the twentieth century, photographs of the First and Second World Wars, of emigrants, the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) and the 1928 Olympic Games. The photographs can be seen at:

The website Flickr the Commons now features thousands of photographs from a range of different American and European archives and museums. Photography fans can indulge themselves in a variety of different photography collections, ranging from colour photographs from the 1930s to black-and-white photographs from the 19th century and from the photographs of celebrated artists and scientists to news photography from the 1920s.

The Nationaal Archief’s photography collection includes more than 1.2 million photographs covering over a century of Dutch and international history and including important photography collections from such sources as the Anefo Press Agency, Elsevier, Willem van de Poll, Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) and the Labour Inspectorate’s photography collection. The collections include a range of genres and subjects, such as press photography, working conditions at the start of the twentieth century, the former Dutch colonies, football and the Dutch Royal family. The photographs on Flickr have been digitised in high-resolution as part of the Images for the Future project. You can view the extraordinary photographs from the Nationaal Archief’s photography collection now by visiting: