A Usable Collection

Essays in Honour of Jaap Kloosterman on Collecting Social History

Edited by Aad Blok, Jan Lucassen, and Huub Sanders

A Usable Collection

Edited by Aad Blok, Jan Lucassen, and Huub Sanders

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

473 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789089646880 Published November 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Established in 1935, the International Institute of Social History (IISH) is one of the world’s leading research institutes focused on social history and holds one of the richest collections in the field. This volume brings together thirty-five essays in honor of the IISH’s longtime director Jaap Kloosterman, who built the institute into a world leader in the field.


Henk Wals

Social History Sources, Knowledge and Research

Introduction to A Usable Collection

Aad Blok, Jan Lucassen and Huub Sanders

How to Qualify for the Directorate of the iish?

Jan Lucassen

Part I – the emergence of social history collections

I.1 Prolegomena to a Social History of Dutch Archives

Eric Ketelaar

I.2 The founder of the iish, as Experienced by his Daughter

Interview with Claire Posthumus

Huub Sanders

I.3 Looking for Traces of Huizinga

His Relation with N.W. Posthumus,

Based on Unpublished Letters and a Text

Huub Sanders

I.4 Working for the Institute

Kees de Dood, N.W. Posthumus and

the International Institute of Social History, 1940-1950

Alex Geelhoed

I.5 The Persistent Life of The British Merchant

Co Seegers

I.6 Harry Stevens, the British “Correspondent” of David Rjazanov’s Institute

On the History of Collecting at the Marx-Engels Institute (1927-1931)

Irina Novichenko

I.7 The Importance of Friendship

The Shared History of the iav/iiav and iish

Francisca de Haan and Annette Mevis

Part II – the european collections of the iish:

acquisitions and catalogues

II.1 A Broken Mirror

The Library of Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis

Bert Altena

II.2 The Archives of Hendrik de Man

A Tragedy

Wouter Steenhaut

II.3 Trying to find a Masked Man

An Unfinished Investigation

Marien van der Heijden and Franck Veyron

II.4 La Rosa de Foc

Collecting Anarchist Materials

Andrew H. Lee

II.5 The Key to the Library’s Collection

Rules and Practices

Coen Marinus

II.6 From Ice Age to Global Warming

The Libraries of the Amsterdam iish and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (fes)

Rudiger Zimmermann

II.7 Does a History Research Institute Need its Own Archive?

Karl Heinz Roth

II.8 A Manuscript Found at the Institute

Kees Rodenburg

II.9 Did Castoriadis Suppress a Letter from Pannekoek?

A Note on the Debate regarding the “Organizational Question” in the 1950s

Marcel van der Linden

II.10 Matriarchy and Socialism

French Precedents

Francis Ronsin

II.11 Neo-Malthusians

A Photograph

Jenneke Quast

II.12 Secret Suitcases

Dutch Communist Party Papers

Margreet Schrevel

II.13 Long live the Library!

The Book Collections of the iish in particular the knaw Library

Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk

II.14 The iish as a Trailblazer in Technology in the 1990s

Jaap Kloosterman’s Transformative Breakthroughs

Henk Wals

Part III – the iish and eastern europe

III.1 Publications of Posrednik and Svobodnoe Slovo Publishing Houses

in iish’s Russian Collections

Els Wagenaar

III.2 Bakunin and Bacon Cake

E-editing in Social History

Lex Heerma van Voss

III.3 The Activities in Moscow after 1991 and Memorial

Francesca Gori

III.4 Rescue Efforts in Post-Soviet Moscow

Nanci Adler

III.5 Archival Revolution and “Intellectual Access” in Russia

ArcheoBiblioBase in Moscow and Amsterdam

Patricia Kennedy Grimsted

III.6 Sources for Writing the History of Russia and the Soviet Union

National and Transnational Perspectives

Gijs Kessler

III.7 The Making of Collective Memory

The Politics of Archive in the Soviet Azerbaijan

Touraj Atabaki and Solmaz Rustamova-Towhidi

Part IV – the iisg goes global

IV.1 The long Journey of the dhkp Archive

From the Turkish Prisons to the iish

Zulfikar Ozdoğan

IV.2 The Egyptian and Sudanese Communist Collections

Roel Meijer

IV.3 Collecting under Uncertainty

The Creation of the Chinese People’s Movement Archive

Tony Saich

IV.4 From Dhaka with Love

The Nepal Nag Papers and the Sino-Soviet Split

Willem van Schendel

IV.5 The Role of Archives and Archivists in the Contemporary Age

in Ensuring the Transmission of Collective Memory

Stefano Bellucci

IV.6 Gunnar Mendoza

A Life to Share

Rossana Barragan Romano

Jaap Kloosterman

A Tentative Bibliography

Notes on the Contributors


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