- Rotterdam City Archives
- Gemeentearchief Rotterdam
The Rotterdam City Archives are one of the oldest archives of the country. On October 22, 1857 the Rotterdam city council appointed a committee that would manage the materials that were kept in the city hall near the cheese market. Not long after the first municipal archivist was appointed. After a short stay in the Schielandshuis the archives were brought to a building in the Mathenesserlaan in 1900. In 1998, the archive moved to its current home, the former National Automobile Central to Hofdijk 651.
The Rotterdam City Archives manage archives of both the government and companies, associations, churches, and other organizations. You will also find family archives and archives of more or less famous people.
The online search engine of the Rotterdam City Archives can be found here.
The Rotterdam City Archives are open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Before visiting the Rotterdam City Archives for the first time it is required to to fill out a registration form. You will then receive a personal visitor number. Upon registration, you must present a valid ID.
It is a 15 minute walk from Rotterdam Central Station to the Rotterdam City Archives.
In the vicinity of the Rotterdam City archives are enough parking spots. However, between 9am and 11pm you do have to pay for your parking.
The materials can be requested through the reading room computers or application notes no later than half an hour before closing. You can apply for up to six inventory or catalog numbers simultaneously. The pieces will be ready within 30 minutes.
All records can be copied for a fee, unless the size or the state of the document, third party rights or restrictions on publiciation does not allow this.