About us

The Rotterdam City Archives is the public memory of the city and several surrounding municipalities. The extremely vast collection includes hundreds of thousands of prints, photographs, films, maps, sound recordings and more than 18 km archival records. Most of the digital available collection you can consult on our website. Copyright protected work you can consult in our reading rooms.


The City Archives of Rotterdam is also one of the largest archives of the Netherlands. It employs almost 100 permanent members of staff and more than 50 volunteers.

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Visitor information

The extensive collection of the Rotterdam City Archives may be accessed by anyone who wishes to research local history. Visitors can access material through this website, but also in the reading rooms of the archive. Here you can view documents and consult our staff who will be willing to assist you.

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The Rotterdam City Archives is easy to reach by public transport or car.

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Street name committee

The street name committee was created in 1941 in order to advise the Municipal Executive in matters of assigning street names. Sub-municipalities and citizens make requests for streets to be named and the mandated alderman (Ports, Finances, Public Spaces and Organisation) takes the decision.

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