The relocation of the collections of the Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), from the Reuvensplaats to the closed stacks at the University Library is in full swing. This will last until February 1st. In total, 12 kilometers of collections will be moved.
During the relocation supply of requested materials may be delayed, but we aim to supply once an hour. The stacks at the Reuvensplaats still contain some personal collections of researchers (archives, materials, documentation files etc.).
The KITLV reference library at the University Library has been moved from the open stacks on floor -1 to the Noordhal’s ground floor. This measure was taken to create space for the East Asian Library collections that are being brought in from the Arsenaal. The KITLV reference library will also be shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification. On March 1st 2017 the collections will be relocated to the Asian Library, along with the reference collections for China, Japan and South and Central Asia.
The KITLV reference library is moved from the open stacks on floor -1 to the Noordhal’s ground floor. This measure is taken to create space for the material of the East Asian Library that is being brought in from the Arsenaal building for the Asian Library. The latter is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.
Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has donated over 3000 historic photographs and prints on the Dutch East Indies, China, Japan, Singapore and Suriname to Wikimedia Commons, the image database of Wikipedia. The images are part the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) collection, which is conserved by the UBL. The upload of the images was done by Wikipedian Hans Muller.
Besides images from the Dutch East Indies, the donation also includes pictures from China, Japan, Singapore and Suriname. Material such as watercolors depicting various Surinamese populations created by Father Borret, photos of nineteenth century Japan by pioneer photographer Felice Beato and photographs made by the famous photographic studio Lambert & Co. in Singapore.
The pictures were already available through the UBL and KITLV, but with the donation to Wikimedia the historical material is now also online in the public domain. This means that everyone is allowed to use the pictures for free. The user can also improve the descriptions and make additions. One year ago, 2400 Asian historical photographs were added by UBL to Wikimedia.
The donated images are available through Wikimedia Commons. The search can be done in Dutch as well English. It’s also possible to search on KITLV, preferably followed by a geographical location, name of photographer or subject.