Het Utrechts Archief

  • The Utrecht Archives

History

The origin of the Utrecht Archives is located in a coffin with charters, which was preserved in the Middle Ages in one of the city gates. Later, Utrecht's mayor Booth was part of the council committee that was established in 1639 to give structure to the archives. In 1654 an archive commission under his guidance was put the task of managing the charters. A new charter cabinet was manufactured, where the charters neatly folded could be put in drawers.

The Utrecht Archives has opened a new public center in Utrecht city center on June 27, 2008, at the Hamburger Street 28. This will make it accessible to a bigger audience. This new location allows visitors to experience Utrecht's past via a multimedia exhibition.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

The Utrecht Archives prepares the transfer of archives management units of the central government and the Province of Utrecht. Moreover, in addition to a large collection of government archives the Utrecht Archives also stores material from private individuals.

Archival and Other Holdings

The Utrecht Archives store an extensive collection of archives relating to the Second World War. The materials range from war diaries to newspapers, videos from both the occupation and the liberation, maps, photos, and death certificates. For more information consult the Utrecht archives' thematic site relating to the Second World War.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The majority of the collection of the Utrecht Archives are described and fully searchable. Moreover, many of these materials can also be viewed online in the form of scans. A number of archives have been made accessible through indexes or special search options. For a listing of the index, search engines and systematic overviews consult the website.

Opening Times

The Utrecht Archives are open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Accessibility

There is a limited number of parking spaces near the Archives of Utrecht.