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Leiden University Archives

Under agreement with the Dutch National Archives (2011), all static archives created by Leiden University are kept as a loan in the University Library. In this way, users can study the history of the university and library in conjunction with other relevant archives, collections and items.

At the beginning of the 20th century the old archives of Leiden University were transferred from the Academy Building to the University Library: first the archives of the Senate and of the Board of Governors; some years later those of the Faculties followed. In the 1930s finding aids of these archives (running up to 1877) were compiled in the State Archives in The Hague. In later years various other archives and documentation created by Leiden University were transferred to the University Library. Their contents were listed and described in 2000-2001 by the Centrale Archief Selectiedienst (Central Archives Selection Service), Winchoten. Below is an overview of all University archives.

The online catalogue contains links to collection guides for all University archives, with detailed (electronic) inventories with the possibility to directly request items for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Since 1909, 25 inventories of the Leiden University archives have been published. See for bibliographical data: Catalogues of the Holdings of Leiden University Libraries, section Q. The digitized finding aids in the Collection guides (see above) contain the same data and are now the most important point of entrance.

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