Collecting the Netherlands: the history of the collections of the Meertens Institute.
For over ninety years, the Meertens Institute has being acquiring archives and research collections on the Dutch language and culture. This unique material on linguistic variation, ethnology and onomastics forms part of the national heritage of the Netherlands. The institute currently manages more than 700 collections, including research data (digital and non-digital), audio collections, archive collections, printed material, surveys, card indexes, maps and photographs.
This doctoral research project focuses on the collections and the circulation of information. The central question is: what is the history of the founding and development of the collections of the Meertens Institute, and how can this information be added to the collections in a meaningful way?