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Ewald Vanvugt's archive and photographs collection which he has donated to the IISH over the years, were recently made accessible for research.Ewald Vanvugt was born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch during the... [Collection highlight]
In 2013 the IISH received a small accrual to the papers of Raden Darsono Notosurdirdjo. Darsono was co-founder of the Partis Komunis Indonesia (PKI), the Indonesian Communist Party, and was its... [Collection highlight]
In 2012 the IISH acquired a collection of Indonesian radical zines, issued in the period 1999-2005, the first years after the fall of the dictator Suharto in 1998.The amount of fanzines or zines,... [Collection highlight]
“Taporal” is an extensive oral history project about former political prisoners (tapols) in Indonesia. After the 1965 coup in Indonesia, tens of thousands were imprisoned for communist or leftist... [Collection highlight]
The IISH received the papers of Jan Petrus de Putter papers through the kind agency of his family.De Putter grew up in Zeeland-Flanders, received vocational training as an Indian civil servant, and... [Collection highlight]
Recently three collections on the history of Papua were acquired by the IISH.  In 2008 the archive of the Foundation Aid to Papuans in Trouble (HAPIN) arrived. HAPIN is mainly concerned with... [Collection highlight]
A red leather album named "Precious Keepsake" contains copies of the letters written from the Dutch East Indies by Margot de Jonge van Zwijnsbergen (1819-1850) to her dear friend Marie Bichon Visch.... [Collection highlight]
At times the struggle between the Dutch and Indonesians for independence was not entirely black and white. Sometimes Dutch young men, motivated by idealistic principles joined 'the enemy'. They... [Collection highlight]
Letters from a Javanese princessPrincess Kaïda was born on 11 December 1893 as the daughter of the Javanese prince Notodirodjo. Notodirodjo allowed all his children, boys and girls, to attend... [Collection highlight]
Labourers of the Machine Building Factory of Braat at Ngagel, a suburb of Surabaya (Java) upstream of the Kalimas River, receive their wages (c. 1926). At the wall cases full of identification badges... [Collection item]