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Personal archives

Eye also collects the archives of film organisations, companies, and film makers. The most extensive institutional archive comes from the Nederlandse Bioscoop Bond (Dutch Cinema Association). Another unique holding is the company archive of film pioneer Jean Desmet, which provides insights into the film and theatre industry of the 1910s.

Entreekaartje voor de Internationale Kino Tentoonstelling, augustus 1920

Many Dutch filmmakers, screenwriters, and film critics have donated their paper archives to Eye. For example, Eye manages the collections of Bert Haanstra, Fons Rademakers, Pim de la Parra, Wim Verstappen, Frans Weisz, and Rudolf van den Berg. These personal archives include correspondence, notes, screenplay versions, production reports, and budgets.

Currently, Eye manages more than 150 of these archives, which contain unique sources such as letters, minutes, screenplay versions, production reports, and budgets. The inventories of these archives can now be found in our library catalogue.

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Many of these archives can be viewed on request at the Eye Study.

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