Borrowing IISH Documents

It is possible to borrow IISH collection items for exhibitions provided they are exhibited in the environmental conditions standard for museums.

In short:

  • There is a fee for borrowing archival documents, books, pamphlets, and various kinds of visual materials.
  • The borrower must sign a borrowing agreement and arrange and pay for insurance from start to finish, against the lender's valuation.
  • The cost of collecting and returning the objects will be borne by the borrower.
  • Requests for loans should be made at least six weeks in advance.


  • No original photographs, videotapes, or audiotapes will be available for loan. Reproductions may be ordered.
  • Due to the inclusion of the Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels Papers in Unesco's Memory of the World Register, original documents from this collection are no longer available for loan. However, it is still possible to order scans of documents.

On this page more information on conditions and rates can be found.

IISH Collections | Loan
IISH Collections | Loan - Photo by IISH

Rates for exhibiting documents

For archival documents, books, pamphlets and various kinds of visual materials used in exhibitions the following rates (exhibition charge) apply:

  • per document | € 40.- a piece


  • Only posters framed by the IISH will be available for loan.
  • Posters for exhibitions will be framed by the IISH between 2-3 mm plexiglass, backed with acid-free board and sealed with bright tape, see image 1

  • The borrower may exhibit the poster in an interchangeable frame, between nails, or in any other way, provided the original object and its IISH-made wrap are not damaged.

  • Drilled holes in plexiglass and board may be applied beforehand on demand, see image 2.

  • The cost of framing, sending et cetera will be borne by the borrower.


Posters: prices and sizes

  • Up to 50x35 cm   | €35.- a piece
  • Up to 70x50 cm   | €45.- a piece 
  • Up to 100x70 cm | €55.- a piece
  • Up to 125x85 cm | €75.- a piece
  • larger size | on request         

Please note: prices are excluding the exhibition charge. 

Conditions for Borrowing IISH Documents

  1. The objects specified in the attached schedule and the associated packaging and exhibition material shall be insured by the borrower under an all-risk policy from the moment they are removed from their location at the premises of the lender up to and including the moment they are returned to these premises or to a location designated by or on behalf of the lender. Evidence hereof shall be submitted to the lender before the objects leave the premises.
  2. The collection and return of the objects shall be for the account of the borrower and, though carried out in accordance with the lender's instructions, under its responsibility.
  3. Between their collection and return, the objects may not leave the premises for which they are destined, nor be used for purposes other than those of which the lender is aware.
  4. The borrower undertakes to take all measures to protect against fire, burglary, theft, loss or damage which might be expected of a good custodian and which have been approved by the lender.
  5. While on the premises in which the exhibition is being held, the objects shall be stored in environmental conditions normal for museums, and during the exhibition they shall be displayed in closed cabinets or behind glass or perspex, without any form of adhesion being applied to or pinning of the material.
  6. No change shall be made to either the condition of the objects or the frames, bases and cabinets without the lender's prior permission. If, for whatever reason, there is a change in the condition of any object, the borrower may do nothing to restore it to its original condition unless instructed to by and under the responsibility of the lender.


  1. Notwithstanding the above, the borrower accepts all responsibility and risks relating to the loan, as well as those relating to copyright.
  2. In catalogues, on text labels and in any other information intended for the public, the name of the lender shall be given as "Collection, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam".
  3. The objects may be photographed or reproduced in another manner for educational purposes, provided the lender has granted its permission in advance.
  4. If the objects are to be used for an exhibition, the borrower shall provide to the lender a complimentary copy of the exhibition catalogue and/or the poster for this exhibition.
  5. In the event an object on loan is reproduced (in, for example, a catalogue, book, other printed material), the borrower shall provide to the lender a complimentary copy.
  6. If, in the opinion of the lender, the borrower is in default as regards the aforesaid, the lender may recall all objects immediately, regardless of the consequences.
  7. Under no circumstances may the lender derive from the loan or from compliance with the aforesaid provisions any claim to restitution or compensation for losses either incurred or yet to be incurred.
  8. The borrower is required to allow the person authorised by the lender for this purpose an opportunity to monitor the objects comprising the loan.
  9. For archival documents, books, pamphlets, and various kinds of visual materials there is a fee for borrowing. See rates at the IISH website: Rates for exhibiting documents.