oa South African Journal of Cultural History - ? Kultuurskat by uitnemendheid: navorsingsmateriaal in die Van Riebeeckhuis, Amsterdam, met spesiale verwysing na die Anglo-Boereoorlog (1899-1902)

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



The main objective of this article is to outline the nature, extent and value of the documents, photographs and other research material on the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) that are kept in the archives and library of the South African Institute (SAl) in the Van Riebeeck House, 141 Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, including the archives and library of the Nederlands-Zuidafrikaanse Vereniging (NZAV). The SAl and NZAV possess an extremely extensive collection of documents and other research material. Part of this deals either directly or indirectly with the Anglo-Boer War or the associated events. Almost all the Anglo-Boer War books at the SAI/NZAV are available in South Africa, as are most of the photographs, some of the newspapers and press cuttings, many of the pamphlets, most of the cartoons and almost all the magazines and government publications. In total, however, everything housed at 141 Keizergracht forms a unique collection of research material; one of the biggest, if not the biggest of its kind outside the borders of South Africa. Apart from those sources dealing either directly or indirectly with the Anglo-Boer War, the Van Riebeeck House also houses documents and other research material that portray the history of the relationship between the Netherlands and South Africa for a period of more than 100 years. This research material is also of particular interest to South African as well as local Dutch and other researchers. The Van Riebeeck House is indeed a cultural and research treasure house.

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