Archief en Museum voor het Vlaams leven te Brussel
- Archive and Museum for the Flemish living in Brussels
On 20 September 1977, the Archive and Museum of Flemish life in Brussels vzw (AMVB) was founded. The chairman of the AMVB was Walther Joye and Dis Verstraete was managing director. The AMVB was founded as a community archive with the goal to support the Dutch-speaking heritage community and to raise awareness of this community's social relevance. From the outset, the AMVB set itself the goal of acquiring, studying and exhibiting all expressions of and witnesses to the Dutch-speaking character of Brussels throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Archival and Other Holdings
The AMVB preserves the heritage of Dutch-speaking Brussels organisations and associations and of prominent Brussels residents. The collection consists of archives, books, magazines, objects, documentation and oral sources. Together they paint a picture of the Flemish presence in Brussels from different angles throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
The archives are the core of the AMVB's collection. These documents bear witness to the countless activities of their creators: Dutch-language associations, organisations and individuals in Brussels.
In addition to archives, there are a few other types of documentary collections. These collections of information were artificially compiled can be classified in all kinds of ways. We call this documentation, which in practice usually consists of clippings, brochures and individual documents. The AMVB thus preserves, among other things, documentation about elections, the World Exhibition, theater, music scores and maps and plans.
Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication
An archival overview of the AMVB's collection can be downloaded here:
The overview is updated annually.
The collection can also be searched via keyword from the following link:
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment
Conditions of Access
Access to the reading room is free for individual visitors, but registration is required.
The AMVB offers a document scanning service. In order to request a scan, researchers should contact the AMVB at firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly state which document they wish to have scanned. After approval of the application, a debit note will be sent. After payment, the scans are delivered via e-mail or by post.
Each scan job costs € 5.00 plus € 0.40 per scanned page. Printed paper copies cost an additional € 0.20 per page.
Please note that these copies can only be obtained for personal use, scientific purposes or use in an educational context. Copyright conditions may apply to digitised documents that are used for public purposes (publication, exhibition etc.). In this case, the AMVB can assist in finding the rightful claimants.
AMVB website consulted on 24/07/2019
Pierre-Alain Tallier (dir.), Gertjan Desmet & Pascale Falek-Alhadeff, Sources pour l'histoire des populations juives et du judaïsme en Belgique/Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van de Joden en het Jodendom in België, 19de-21ste eeuw, Brussel, ARA-AGR/Avant-Propos, 2016, 1,328 p.