The “Guide to the International Archives and Collections at the IISH, Amsterdam” (henceforth cited as GIA), edited by Atie van der Horst and Elly Koen, was first published in 1989. A description of recently acquired archives and collections as well as major accruals to archives received by the IISH will be published annually to keep this survey up to date. From 1994 on a list of microfilms of archives or collections held in other repositories, of which the IISH has received a copy, is added to this survey.
Like the GIA this supplement is subdivided into the categories “persons” and “organizations”, arranged alphabetically. The components of each entry are:
1. Access. Restriction is indicated by *.
2. Name. Names of persons include data of birth and death when known.
3. Period. First and last date of the documents present.
4. Size. In linear metres.
5. Entry. Available finding aids.
6. Condensed biography / history.
7. Summary of the contents.
Reference is given to the pages of the GIA holding the initial description where summaries of a supplement are concerned.
Documentary collections are listed separately with only the name, period, size and available finding aids.
For consultation of the archives a written request in advance, addressed to the information service, stating the character of the study, is necessary. Prior request is particularly important because very recently acquired materials may not yet have been arranged or packed.