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Projects / Ph.D. students / Ph.D awarded


Archives are created in an organisation to support and manage work, to record why, when, where, in what capacity and by whom what actions were carried out. Every citizen, every family is archiving too. Archiving is preceded by archivalisation: the conscious or unconscious choice (determined by social and cultural factors) to consider something worth archiving. Archivistics is concerned with questions such as what makes a society, an organisation or an individual create and maintain archives the way they do and will a better understanding of the way people create and maintain archives enable us to make statements about an efficient and effective way of creating records? We therefore look at societies, organizations and people that create archives. This, I have named social and cultural archivistics. Its object is the continuum of records creation, processing, and use in an information society which depends of digital longevity. 


  • Social history of archives
  • Records creation and use in the past.
  • Archival use and user studies.
  • Comparative social and cultural archivistics.
  • Collective memory and archives as memory institutions.


Ph.D. students

See also the project descriptions in NARCIS (National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System).

Daan Hertogs
The records of the Shoah and the Shoah in the records.

Erika A. Hokke
The Archivist: Profession and Professionalization.

Christophe Jacobs Une politique pour les archives en France, 1852-1945? ††Co-tutelle avec líEcole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris)

Hans Waalwijk

De tijd was rijp. Jacob Schreiber en Jacob von Ramingen; scribenten, registrators, archivarissen en de vermarkting van archivistische technieken in 16e eeuwse Zuidwest Duitse gebieden.

Ph.D. awarded

Dr. Annemieke van Bockxmeer (14 November 2014): De oorlog verzameld. Het ontstaan van de collecties van het Rijksinstituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie


Dr. Geert-Jan van Bussel and Dr. Ferdinand Ector (2 December 2009): In Search for Remembrance... Accountability systems, content-intensive organizations and performance

Dr. Ineke Deserno (19 April 2016): Corporate recordkeeping: the evidence-base for sustainability reporting by multinational enterprises. (Monash University, Faculty of Information Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Supervisors Sue McKemmish and Eric Ketelaar)

Dr. Peter J. Horsman (16 December 2009): Abuysen ende desordiŽn. Recordkeeping and Archivingin Dordrecht 1200-1920

Prof. Dr. Rudi C.J. van Maanen (30 November 2000, Leiden University): Inventory of the City Archives of Leiden, 1816-1929.
Prof. Dr. John S. Mackenzie Owen (22 November 2005): The scientific article in the age of digitization

Prof. Dr. Theo H.P.M. Thomassen (16 December 2009 Ė cum laude): Instruments of Power: The States-General and their Archives 1576-1796

Dr. Susan Tucker (10 December 2009): The Most Public of all History: Family History and Heritage Albums in the Transmission of Records