Archives created in Asia and South Africa
8. Archives transferred from Japan to the
archives of the Dutch factory in Japan have been very well
preserved. They are now in the National Archives of the Netherlands
in the Netherlands. The holding covers the entire VOC
period, and continues until 1860. The structure is the same
as that of the archives of the other establishments. For the
voc period the archives consist of
two sections: the archives of the opperhoofd
(head of establishment) and council, and those of the pakhuismeester
(head of the warehouses), book-keeper, and scribe. The latter
holding contains protocollen van
civiele akten. The archives of the opperhoofd
and council consists of series of resoluties,
and book-keeping. The series of documents referring to book-keeping
and trade are very intact compared to those from other establishments.
Besides this, the archives display the typical lacunae which
occur in many of the archives from establishments: correspondence
with bodies other than the Governor-General and Council are
only available in a very incomplete state, and there are only
a few scant remains of the correspondence with the local authorities.
There is a modern inventory of the archives(16).