The Dutch archives
The 11th publication of the Stichting Archiefpublicaties (Dutch
Foundation of archival publications) aims to give an overview of the
different methods in which colonial archives are the subject of research.
Colonial Legacy in South East Asia focuses on the colonial archives of
South-East Asia with Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in the forefront.
The authors try to open the black box of archives in general and find
that the colonial archives in particular still mostly used by historians
and trained and experienced archivists. Instead of only a source of
information for historiography, the colonial archive has to become a
subject of research. Archives are not static, they are always changing as
they are created and moulded incessantly by actors like governments,
organisations, commercial enterprises, churches, families and
individuals. This process is then succeeded by archivists and other
custodians' recreations and reconstructions. Knowledge of all this is
important when using the information these archives contain.
Jaarboek 11, Stichting Archiefpublicaties