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11. Collection Aanwinsten of the National Archives of the Netherlands

n the first place, the collection Aanwinsten (Acquisitions) in the former First Section of the National Archives of the Netherlands contains all sorts of miscellaneous documents which somebody at some time has thought interesting and have therefore been preserved. Besides these, there are both semi-private papers of people referring to the voc as well as miscellaneous documents which formally speaking should belong in the voc archives or in those of an establishment, but were kept aside by a director or an employee. Naturally these are often interesting and important documents. Furthermore, the collection contains a number of largish fragments of archives of voc employees, of the same type as the fragments of archives of functionaries which one comes across in private archives. Meanwhile, some documents have been taken out of the collection and inventories have been made of them as separate archives. Examples of this are the collections of the Governors of Ceylon Hendrik Becker and Lubbert Jan van Eck(32).

The following collections are still to be found in the collection Aanwinsten, sometimes fairly scattered throughout the collection:

  • Documents of J.W. Falck (master of the equipage in Surat);
  • Documents of C. Chastelain (Governor of the Cape of Good Hope);
  • Documents of Hendrik Breton (Director-General in Batavia);
  • Documents of I.A. Rumpf (Governor of Ceylon);
  • Documents of A.E. van Braam Houckgeest (ambassador to China);
  • Documents of J.G. Loten (Governor of Ceylon). In the nineteenth century the extensive Van Loten archives fell into the hands of autograph collectors and, consequently have been scattered among various archive holdings. Besides the part in the collection Aanwinsten, there are parts to be found in the Grothe van Schellach Collection in the Utrecht Municipal Archives and in the library of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Tilburg.


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