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Finding Aids


Table of the Inventory of the VOC Archives kept by the Dutch National Archives of the Netherlands

General survey. A detailed inventory is issued in print. The TANAP programme aims to publish all VOC finding aids in digitized format


PART I. THE HEREN XVII AND THE AMSTERDAM
  CHAMBER

A. Charters 1 - 22

B. Proceedings 23 - 310

C. Outgoing documents 311 - 360

D. Incoming documents from Europe 361 - 436

E. Incoming documents from Asia 437 - 4455

1. Documents concerning the earliest fleets, 1602-1614 437 - 655

    1. Documents concerning the fleet under the command of Wybrand van Warwyck and Sebald de Weert, 1602-1605 437 - 453
    2. Documents concerning the fleet under the command of Steven van der Haghen, 1602-1607 454 - 460
    3. Documents concerning the fleet under the command of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, 1605-1608 461 - 472
    4. Documents concerning the fleet under the command of Paulus van Caerden, 1606-1610 473 - 533
    5. Documents concerning the fleet under the command of Pieter Willemz. Verhoeff, 1607-1612 534 - 566
    6. Documents concerning the fleet under the command of Pieter Both, 1610-1614 567 - 596
    7. Extracts from missives and other papers dispatched from Asia to the Republic, 1611-1613 597
    8. Documents concerning the United Old Amsterdam and United Old Zeeland Companies, before the incorporation of the VOC, 1602 598 - 601
    9. Invoices of ships' cargoes, accounts of income and expenditure, accounts drawn up by the various VOC establishments in Asia, 1608-1613 602 - 654
    10. Extract-missive concerning a remonstrance about the VOC trade in Asia 655

2. Duplicate proceedings of the Governor-General and Council 656 - 847

3. Duplicate diaries of Batavia ---

4. Duplicate outgoing documents of the Governor-General and Council 848 - 1052

5. Letters and papers received from Asia 1053 - 4454

    1. Letters and papers revceived from Asia by the Heren XVII and the Amsterdam Chamber 1053 - 3987
    2. Letters and papers received from the Cape of Good Hope by the Heren XVII and the Amsterdam Chamber 3988 - 4373
    3. Letters and papers received from China by the Heren XVII, the Amsterdam Chamber and the China Committee 4374 - 4447
    4. Tables of contents for the letters and papers received from Asia by the Heren XVII and the Amsterdam Chamber 4448 - 4454
F. Documents from the committees of the Heren XVII and the
  Amsterdam Chamber 4455 - 4620

1. Haags Besogne and other committees 4455 - 4507

2. Fifth Department of the Amsterdam Chamber and Preparatory Conference
  4507I - 4530

3. Committee of secret matters 4531 - 4535

4. Secret committee for the English War 4536 -4541

5. Committee for the China trade 4542 - 4582I

    1. General 4542 - 4561
    2. Auctions in the Republic 4562 - 4564
    3. Consignments of merchandise to and from China 4565 - 4570
    4. Establishment and employees in Canton 4571 - 4577
    5. Ships and routes 4578 - 4582I

6. Committee for drawing up the annual general balance sheet 4583 - 4600

7. Committee for inspecting the books 4601 - 4608

8. Committee for negotiating with the committee from the States General 4609

9. Committee of the directors and principal shareholders of the Amsterdam Chamber
  for the ten-yearly and four-yearly accounts of the VOC 4610 - 4616

10. Secret committee for financial matters of the Amsterdam Chamber 4617

11. Committee of the Amsterdam Chamber for the sale of the VOC possessions on
  the Malabar Coast 4618

12. Other committees of the Amsterdam Chamber 4619 - 4620

G. Documents from the advocates of the VOC 4621 - 4641

1. Pieter van Dam 4621 - 4638

2. Everard Scott 4639 - 4640

3. P.J. Guépin 4641

H. Documents kept separately, partly originally miscellaneous
  documents 4642 - 4926

1. Administration in Europe 4642 - 4772

    1. Relations with the States General 4642 - 4643
    2. Relations with the States of Holland and West-Friesland 4644 - 4645
    3. Relations with the stadhouder 4646 - 4649
    4. Relations with the West India and Frisian Companies 4650 - 4654
    5. Directors and shareholders 4655 - 4663
    6. Committees accredited by the States of Utrecht and Gelderland to the directors of the Amsterdam Chamber 4664 - 4677
    7. Committees accredited by municipal councils to the directors of the Amsterdam Chamber 4678 - 4682
    8. VOC employees - general 4683 - 4690
    9. VOC employees of the Amsterdam Chamber - general 4691 - 4693
    10. Individual VOC employees of the Amsterdam Chamber 4694 - 4701
    11. Private trade 4702 - 4707
    12. Foreign regiments and soldiers in the service of the VOC 4708 - 4711
    13. Church matters 4712
    14. Matters pertaining to coinage 4713 - 4717
    15. Relations with European powers 4718 - 4737
    16. Foreign correspondents of the VOC 4738 - 4741
    17. Relations with the Oostende Company 4742 - 4743
    18. Decline of the VOC and rescue proposals 4744 - 4771
    19. Letter transport of the Amsterdam Chamber 4772

2. Administration outside Europe 4773 - 4926

    1. Governor-General and Council 4773 - 4776
    2. Relations with Asian rulers 4777 - 4787
    3. State of the VOC possessions and trade in Asia 4788 - 4795
    4. VOC employees in Asia - general 4796 - 4800
    5. Individual VOC employees in Asia 4801 - 4807
    6. Dutch colonization in Asia 4808
    7. Private trade in Asia 4809 - 4814
    8. Coins, weights and measures 4815 - 4816
    9. Military matters 4817 - 4820
    10. Naval forces in Asia and return fleets 4821 - 4828
    11. Ships arrived in and departed from Batavia 4829 - 4831
    12. Amphion Society 4832
    13. Factories 4833 - 4926

I. Documents from the departments and offices 4927 - 7226

1. Equipage department 4927 - 5164

    1. General 4927 - 4931
    2. Ships put to sea 4932 - 4943
    3. Building and hire of ships 4944 - 4951
    4. Arming and outfitting of ships 4952 - 4966
    5. Provisioning of ships 4967 - 4977
    6. Personnel 4978 - 4990
    7. Passengers and stowaways 4991 - 4993
    8. Legal proceedings on board 4994 - 4995
    9. Damage 4996 - 5000
    10. Ships' cargoes 5001 - 5007I
    11. Freight traffic 5008 - 5012
    12. Private freight 5013 - 5016
    13. Navigation and navigational equipment 5017 - 5028
    14. Courses and landfalls 5029 - 5048
    15. Ship's logs 5049 - 5142
    16. Packetboats 5143 - 5147
    17. State of health on board the ships 5148 - 5161
    18. Ship's box 5162 - 5164

2. Pay office 5165 - 6962

    1. Instructions, memoranda and proceedings 5165 - 5167
    2. Land and sea muster-rolls, payrolls and ship's pay-ledgers 5168 - 6845
    3. 1. Land and sea muster-rolls 5168 - 5239

      2. Rolls of the qualified civil and military employees of the VOC
        5240 - 5261

      3. Payrolls 5262 - 5268

      4. Ship's pay-ledgers 5269 - 6845

    4. Documents concerning payments of the Amsterdam and Delft Chambers 6846
    5. Documents concerning legacies 6847 - 6939
    6. Documents originating from Johannes Adami, accountant of the pay office 6940 - 6962

3. Commercial department 6963 - 7015

    1. General 6963 - 6969
    2. Personnel 6970 - 6983
    3. Prices and auctions 6984 - 6986
    4. Purchase and sale of products 6987 - 7011
    5. Relations between the silk manufacturers and the VOC 7012 - 7014
    6. Orders for return goods, earmarked for the Amsterdam Chamber 7015

4. Financial department 7016 - 7063

    1. General 7016 - 7029
    2. Management of real estate 7030 - 7048
    3. Bills of exchange 7049 - 7063

5. Chief accountant 7064 - 7213

    1. Subscription of capital 7064 - 7127
    2. Loans 7128 - 7141
    3. Book-keeping 7142 - 7213
6. Miscellaneous financial documents originating from the Heren XVII and the
  Amsterdam Chamber 7214 - 7226


K. Documents from the clerks' office of the Amsterdam Chamber
  7227 - 7231


PART II. ZEELAND CHAMBER

A. Charters 7232 - 7239

B. Proceedings 7240 - 7286

C. Outgoing documents 7287 - 7314

D. Incoming documents from Europe 7315 - 7526

1. Incoming documents directly addressed to the Zeeland Chamber 7315 - 7341

2. Documents originating from the Heren XVII 7342 - 7526

E. Documents of Governor-General and Council received by the
  Heren XVII and the Zeeland Chamber 7527 - 9191

1. Missives 7527 - 7599

2. Duplicate proceedings and memoranda of Governor-General and Council
  7600 - 7609

3. Duplicate diaries of Batavia 7610 - 7617

4. Duplicate outgoing documents of the Governor-General and Council 7618 - 7657

5. Duplicate missives and reports, received by Governor-General and Council
  from establishments in Asia 7658 - 9179

6. Documents concerning the book-keeping in the establishments in Asia
  9180 - 9191

F. Documents recveived from the Court of Justice in Batavia by the
  Heren XVII and the Zeeland Chamber 9192-9540

G. Documents received from the establishments in Asia by the
  Heren XVII and the Zeeland Chamber 9541 - 11024

1. Documents of the Director and Council of Bengal 9541 - 9624

2. Documents of the Governor and Council of Coromandel 9625 - 9734

3. Documents of the Governor and Council of Ceylon 9735 - 10207

4. Documents of the Commander (Director) and Council of Malabar 10208 - 10405

5. Documents of the Director (Governor) and Council of Surat 10406 - 10434

6. Documents of the Director and Council of Persia 10435

7. Documents of the Governor and Council of the Cape of Good Hope 10436 - 11024

H. Documents of the committee for the ten-yearly and four-yearly
  accounts 11025 - 11044

I. Documents kept separately, originally miscellaneous documents
  11045 - 11335

1. Administration in Europe 11045 - 11182

    1. General 11045 - 11049
    2. VOC employees of the Zeeland Chamber - general 11050 - 11064
    3. Individual VOC employees of the Zeeland Chamber 11065 - 11080
    4. Directors and shareholders 11081 - 11111
    5. Legal matters 11112 - 11119
    6. Relations between the VOC and other companies 11120 - 11124
    7. Expedition of Jacob Roggeveen, 1722-1723 11125 - 11128
    8. Relations with European powers 11129 - 11152
    9. Decline of the VOC and rescue proposals 11153 - 11159
    10. Relations with the Walcheren classis 11160 - 11167
    11. Levying of import and export duties on VOC goods 11168 - 11171
    12. Foreign correpondents of the VOC 11172 - 11174
    13. Foreign regiments in the service of the VOC 11175 - 11180
    14. Transport of letters of the Zeeland Chamber 11181 - 11182

2. Administration outside Europe 11183 - 11335

    1. Governor-General and Council 11183 - 11186
    2. State of the VOC establishments and trade in Asia 11187 - 11192
    3. Treaties with Asian rulers 11193 - 11196
    4. Differences of opinion between the Governor-General and Council and the Court of Justice in Batavia 11197
    5. VOC employees and freeburghers 11198 - 11203
    6. Supply and sale of products 11204 - 11206I
    7. Coins, weights and measures 11207 - 11209
    8. Naval power in Asia and the return fleets 11210 - 11222
    9. Military matters 11223 - 11225
    10. The Chinese revolt in Batavia of 1740 11226
    11. Medical matters 11227 - 11228
    12. Factories 11229 - 11335

K. Documents from department and offices 11336 - 13861

1. Equipage department 11336 - 11530

    1. General 11336
    2. VOC ships - general 11337 - 11347
    3. Outfitting of the fleet of Wybrand van Warwyck 11348 - 11350
    4. Equipage master 11351 - 11352
    5. Building and outfitting of the ships 11353 - 11357
    6. Equipment and tools 11358 - 11365
    7. Provisioning 11366 - 11370
    8. Armaments 11371 - 11388
    9. Personnel 11389 - 11406
    10. Proceedings, journals, reports and ship's logs 11407 - 11439
    11. State of health on board the ships 11440 - 11450
    12. Purchase, hire and chartering 11451 - 11463
    13. Unloading and searching of the ships 11464 - 11466
    14. Stolen and contraband goods 11467 - 11469
    15. Docks and channels 11470 - 11479
    16. Descriptions of landfalls and seaman's guides 11480 - 11489
    17. Shipwreck, salvage and repairs 11490 - 11507
    18. Convoys 11508 - 11510
    19. Warfare 11511 - 11513
    20. Relations between the Zeeland Chamber and the Admiralty 11514 - 11516
    21. Confiscation of VOC ships 11517 - 11518
    22. Algerian pirates 11519 - 11523
    23. Mutinies 11524 - 11525
    24. The 'Cinque Ports' in Dorset 11526 - 11527
    25. Ship's box 11528 - 11530

2. Pay office 11531 - 13330

    1. Proceedings 11531
    2. Incoming documents 11532 - 11533
    3. Land and sea muster-rolls, payrolls and ship's pay-ledgers 11534 - 13307
    4. Documents concerning legacies 13308 - 13314
    5. Documents kept separately concerning the salaries of VOC employees 13315 - 13330

3. Commercial department 13331 - 13620

    1. General 13331 - 13340
    2. Loading and transhipment of products 13341 - 13348
    3. Supply, purchase and sale of products 13349 - 13374
    4. Prices 13375 - 13381
    5. Freight for private individuals and sale of private goods 13382 - 13388
    6. Captured goods 13389
    7. Allotment of merchandise to shareholders 13390 - 13391
    8. Warehouse 13392 - 13397
    9. Orders 13398 - 13620

4. Financial department 13621 - 13757

    1. General 13621 - 13633
    2. Cashier's office 13634 - 13643
    3. Financial transactions between the Zeeland Chamber and the Amsterdam Chamber 13644 - 13649
    4. Financial transactions between the Zeeland Chamber and the States of Zeeland 13650 - 13653
    5. Financial transactions between the Zeeland Chamber and the Boards of the Admiralty 13654 - 13660
    6. Money received and advances on monies still outstanding 13661 - 13665
    7. Receipts 13666 - 13669
    8. Debt collection and tenders 13670 - 13680
    9. Bills of exchange 13681 - 13698
    10. Money matters 13699 - 13712
    11. Management of real estate 13713 - 13757

5. Chief accountant 13758 - 13861

    1. General 13758 - 13769
    2. Accountant's office 13770 - 13781
    3. Journals and ledgers 13782 - 13793
    4. Subscription of capital, transfer of and payment of dividends on shares 13794 - 13815
    5. Documents kept separately concerning shares 13816 - 13826
    6. Loans 13827 - 13859
    7. Underwritings 13860 - 13861

L. Old inventories of the chamber 13862 - 13866


PART III. DELFT CHAMBER

A. Incoming documents 13867

B. Documents originating from the directors Adriaan
  and Gerard van Vredenburch 13868 - 13875

C. Documents concerning the commerce PM

D. Documents concerning the equipage PM

E. Documents concerning the salary administration 13876 - 14081

F. Documents concerning the financial management 14082 - 14093


PART IV. ROTTERDAM CHAMBER

A. General 14094 - 14097

B. Incoming documents 14098 - 14099

C. Documents concerning the decline of the VOC PM

D. Documents concerning the equipage and the salary administration
  14100 - 14296

E. Documents concerning the commerce 14297

F. Documents concerning the financial administration 14298 - 14317


PART V. HOORN CHAMBER

A. General 14318 - 14329

B. Documents concerning and originating from the directors
  14330 - 14334

C. Documents of the equipage department 14335 - 14531

D. Documents of the commercial department 14532 - 14540

E. Documents concerning the financial administration 14541 - 14624

F. Documents concerning the management of the archive 14625


PART VI. ENKHUIZEN CHAMBER

A. General 14626

B. Documents concerning the salary administration 14627 - 14842

C. Documents concerning the commerce 14843 - 14848

D. Documents concerning the financial administration 14849 - 14911


PART VII. DOCUMENTS WITH NO APPARENT CONNECTION
  WITH THE VOC ARCHIVES 14912 - 14923

PART VIII. OBSOLETE FINDING AIDS TO THE VOC
  ARCHIVES 14924 - 14933
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