Stichting IISG (IISH Foundation)

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Name: International Institute of Social History Foundation.

RSIN (formerly Fiscal Number): 0029.61.775

Contact details

IISH Foundation
P.O. Box 2169
1000 CD Amsterdam

Tel 020 66 858 66

Fax 020 66 541 81



Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board has 7-9 members. The Supervisory Board and management perform their duties unpaid.

Policy plan

The International Institute of Social History Foundation collects archives, documentation, publications, objects, images and datasets, belonging on the one hand to persons and organizations belonging to movements dealing with social themes, and on the other hand to labor relations and living conditions of working people. The social themes the institute focuses on are: poverty, exploitation, human rights violations, political repression, war, labor migration, housing and land tenure. It conducts cutting-edge research on the history of work, workers and labor relations on a global scale and collects data to this end, which is also made available to other researchers.

Collection development focuses on the needs of labor relations research, integrating data collection by the IISH research department and more traditional collection policies. The IISH needs materials with data that allow researchers to get a grip on economic developments, demographic relations, individual/household strategies and collective strategies - and (therefore) on developments of labor relations. This may include:

  • Archives and publications by and about movements and individuals active in them, focusing on primary and unique material. If possible, we collect these collections in a digital-born state. Often this material says something about workers' collective strategies.
  • Material with (numerical) data that can be stored in databases: publications of statistical agencies, price lists, censuses, etc. This material must undergo a processing step if it is to be used meaningfully in research. Optionally, this can be done on the spot, as with the HSN.
  • Databases of statistical agencies, researchers, organizations, etc.

The concentration on labor relations again narrows the substantive scope of the collection policy to that of the early days of the IISH and NEHA; most of the social movements that the institute began collecting in the second half of the twentieth century are now no longer within the collection profile. However, digital additions from major archival lenders are still accepted.Since the research program has a global scope, this also applies to the collection work. This is based on the principle of targeted collecting and the application of various strategies. The targets are jointly determined by the IISH collection creators and researchers.

Digital material is preferred, because it offers great advantages for research. These advantages will only increase in the future as technology advances.

Archivists should be aware that storing, maintaining and making available their archives will cost a lot of money in the long run. With large institutional archivists such as Dutch labor unions and political parties, it is therefore reasonable to expect them to contribute to the costs.

Remuneration policy

The IISH Foundation applies the salary scales of the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.


The foundation aims to promote the knowledge and scientific study of international and national social history in the broadest sense.

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