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How do I request materials?

To request materials, please select the “Request” button at the top of the finding aid page and fill out the form.

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The materials are only available for examination and must be used within the library. Access to the materials may be (temporarily) restricted, for example when conservation work or digitization is taking place. There are also finding aids available on this website of which the materials can be requested through CataloguePlus. You can find this information in the finding aid.

For consultation a visitors pass or a University library card is required.

Does this website include all the materials of the University of Amsterdam? What if I cannot find what I am looking for?

This website does not include all the collection materials of the University of Amsterdam. Some collections and archives have not been processed yet, and there is therefore no online finding aid available. Please contact us if you want to use unprocessed materials or if you are unable to find a finding aid, but have reason to think we may hold the materials you are looking for.

Other materials of the University of Amsterdam can be found in:

Glossary of terms and symbols

Archives are materials created or received by a person, family, or organization in the conduct of their affairs and preserved because of the enduring value of the information they contain or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator.

Collections are groups of materials assembled by a person, family, organization, or repository. They can be divided hierarchically into series, groupings, and files.

Digital records are born-digital and digitized materials that are available online.

Finding aids allow users to discover, understand, and access the materials. Finding aids describe the creation, arrangement, content, and context of collections and archives. Most finding aids on this website contain descriptions on collection-level (also known as fonds-level). These descriptions give you the most general overview of the collection or archive. You can find this in the Collection Overview. Click Expand all to see the whole collection overview. Some finding aids on this website will also contain a hierarchical structure with item-level descriptions. Click Finding Aid View to scroll through the items.

Name records are the people, families, and organizations that create collections or archives. On this website, users can view name records to see all of the materials created by a person, family, or organization.

Subject records are topics, places, and genres used to describe the context and content of the materials. On this website, users can view a subject record to see all of the collections and archives relating to that topic, place, or genre.


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Use the Request button to place a request for the selected material. For more information about requesting material, see the requesting materials section above.


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Use the Citation button to generate a formatted citation for the material you are viewing. Citations can be generated at all levels of a finding aid, including at the folder or item level.


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What if I have questions? Where should I go for help?

If you have questions about a finding aid, please use the Ask a Question button in the upper right corner of the finding aid. Please consult the help page to see if your question has already been answered before asking a question.

If you have a general question, you are welcome to submit it here:

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