January 25, 2022

Cultural Heritage: Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform Goes Live With More Than 500,000 Items

From the Curaco Cbronicle:

The Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform of the Leiden University and the University of Curaçao with more than half a million scans that were made of old books, magazines, articles, manuscripts, newspapers, photos, maps and charts went online on Saturday.

With only a mouse click away, people throughout the Dutch Kingdom and the world can now read, analyse and print the combined digital Dutch Caribbean collections up to the year 1954 of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies KITLV, the Royal Netherlands Institute for the Tropics KIT and the Leiden University Libraries.These historic, fragile and highly important collections, together with the digitalised archive of the University of Curaçao, are now accessible for the larger public for study purposes.


This exercise produced a total of 546,000 scans of which 380,000 are from books, magazines and articles, 80,000 scans from the collections of the KITLV, the KIT which has been stored at the KITLV since its closure, University of Curaçao and the Leiden University Libraries, 14,000 archive pieces.

The digital collections are available via the Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform, , and also on the Digital Library of the Caribbean,  where the University of Curaçao and Leiden University have been added as a partner collection.

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