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Books off the shelf: Digitisation at the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History

The Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatiën (RGP) is a series of source editions, the first volume of which was published in 1905. Today, the series comprises 450 volumes that contain documents about the history of the Netherlands.

Huygens ING has digitized the RGP series and other historical sources such as journals and biographical dictionaries and has developed an application that makes it possible to browse the pages online. The online version aims, as far as possible, to be a faithful replica of the original edition. At the same time, efforts have also been made to exploit the new opportunities afforded by an electronic publication by making it possible to search the text and, where possible, adding clickable lists of contents and/or indices. More information about the approach that was selected can be found under explanation.


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Since December 2007 the following publications have been made available on the Internet:

Acts of the private synods of South Holland 1621-1700, 6 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Andries Vierlingh, Tracts on dikes, 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Anthonie Heinsius and the Dutch Republic 1688-1720. Politics, War, and Finance. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Baltic archivalia, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Bibliography dr. B.A. Vermaseren, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Bronnen in het buitenland. Literatuurwijzer voor bronnen van de Nederlandse geschiedenis in buitenlandse archieven en bibliotheken. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
C. Snouck Hurgronje's official recommendations (1889-1936), 3 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Charters of Kloosterrade Abbey 1108-1381, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Chronicle of Peter van Os. History of 's-Hertogenbosch from the time of Adam until 1523. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Codex documentorum sacratissimarum indulgentiarum Neerlandicarum. Collection of documents relating to papal indulgences in the Netherlands (1300-1600), 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Constitutions and the Organisation of Government during the Batavian era, 1796-1806, 8 volumes Digital publication Project description
Correspondence of Anthonie Heinsius 1702-1720, 19 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Correspondence of Simon van Slingelandt and Sicco van Goslinga 1697-1731. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
The Correspondence of William of Orange, congres bundle in honour of the publication of the online data repository12 april 2005, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
The Correspondence between Elias Canneman and Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel 1799-1813. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Correspondence of William III and of Hans Willem Bentinck, first Earl of Portland 1656-1702, 5 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Data concerning personal effects and real estate in the Netherlands in the 16th century. 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Debriefing reports and instructions drawn up by the governors of Ambon for their successors in the 17th and 18th centuries. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Diplomacy and Development, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Documentary edition on the history of Amsterdam's business community and guilds, 3 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Documented sources on the history of Dutch trade with England, Scotland and Ireland. 4 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Documents concerning the foreign policy of the Netherlands 1940-1945, 8 delen. Digital publication Project description
Documents regarding the foreign policy of the Netherlands from 1848 to 1945, 33 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Dutch entries in the pound-toll registers of Elbing 1585-1700, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Dutch Asiatic Shipping 1595-1795, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Dutch foreign policy, 1914-1919. 6 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Dutch-Indonesian Relations 1945-1969, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Dutch naval wars 1652-1676, 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Een beeld van een congres. Belgisch-Nederlandse/Nederlands-Vlaamse Historische Congressen 1939-2003, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Excerpta Romana. Sources of the Roman history of the Netherlands, 3 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Exploring Sweden's archives (a study of archive material concerning relations between the Netherlands and Sweden 1520-1920), 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Financial accounts of Putten's domains and properties 1379-1429. 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Groen van Prinsterer. His written legacy: Correspondence 1808-1876, 6 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Groen van Prinsterer. His written legacy: Papers from 1821-1876, 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Inventories of household effects and other related items present in the stately homes of the House of Orange between 1567-1795. 3 volumes Digital publication Project description
Johannes de Beke. Chronicles of the bishopric of Utrecht and of Holland, 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Journals and notes of Willem Hendrik de Beaufort, 1874-1918, 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Jubily symposium 'Over de grenzen van de Nederlandse geschiedenis'. 1 volume. Digital publicati Project description
Kattendijke Chronicle (c. 1490). 1 volume. Digital publication Projectbeschrijving
Landsheerlijke archieven van Gelre, Holland, Zeeland en het Sticht, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Letters and other papers related to Daniël van der Meulen 1584-1600. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
North-Brabant Charters 690-1312, 4 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Official Letters from the Governors-General and the Committees to the Gentlemen XVII of the United East India Company (VOC), volumes. Digital publication Project description
Official papers concerning Dutch-Indonesian relations 1945-1950, 20 volumes. Digital publication Project description
The Optimum Formula for a Foreign Policy Document Series, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Papers of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt 1570-1620, 3 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Pieter van Dam. Description of the East India Company (VOC) 1693-1701, 7 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Private minutes of N. Stellingwerff and S. Schot of the meetings of the States of Holland between 1620-1640. 7 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Repertory of Dutch diplomats residing abroad and foreign diplomats residing in the Netherlands between 1584-1810, 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Resolutions of the States General. Old and New Series 1576-1625, 21 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Roman sources on the ecclesiastical history of the Netherlands from 1521 to 1914, 20 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sicke Benninge Croniken der Vrescher Landen mijtten Zoeven Seelanden ende der stadt Groningen, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Sources for the economic history of the lower Maas region. 2 Volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sources of information on the life and work of D.V. Coornhert. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Sources on the history of the Exchange Banks (Amsterdam, Middelburg, Delft and Rotterdam). 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sources on the history of Leiden's textile industry 1333-1795. 6 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sources on the history of Leiden University 1574-1811. 7 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sources on the history of Levantine trade 1590-1826, 4 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sources on the history of Middelburg during the princely period, 3 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sources to the history of the Dom of Utrecht, 3 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sources on the history of Rijnsburg Abbey 1140-1620, 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Sources relating to the Central Moluccas 1900-1942. 4 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Statistics on Dutch industry from the first half of the nineteenth century, 3 volumes. Digital publication Project description
The daily registers of the Zeelandia fort, Taiwan 1629-1662, 4 volumes. Digital publication Project description
The correspondence of Constantijn Huygens 1608-1687. 6 volumes. Digital publication Project description
The correspondence of J.R. Thorbecke. 7 volumes. Digital publication Project description
The dispatches of Thomas Plott (1681-1682) and Thomas Chudleigh (1682-1685), English envoys at The Hague, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
The Dutch in Kerala 1663-1701. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
The historical record of the Netherlands from 1795-1840, 22 volumes. Digital publication Project description
The Iersekeroord toll. Documents and accounts 1321-1572. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
The Journal of Adrichem (1806-1809) and the Journal of The Hague (1810-1813) / G.K. van Hogendorp. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
The London diaries of baron O.C.A. van Lidth de Jeude MSc, 1940-1945, 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
The memoirs of Anton Reinhardt Falck. 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
The origins of the Dutch Constitution 1814-1815. 2 volumes. Digital publication Project description
Trade with France 753-1583, 4 volumes. Digital publication Project description
The United East India Company (VOC) in Persia 1611-1638, 1 volume. Digital publication Project description
Unlocking government archives of the early modern period, 1 volume . Digital publication Project description

Other publications

The history

Huygens ING has been releasing electronic versions of books from its RGP series through its website since 1995. These include:

The programme was set up so that all the RGP publications could eventually be made available in electronic format. Background information and accountability issues relating to the retrodigitisation project can be found under explanation.