Off the beaten track—Oost

The Black Archives

Zeeburgerdijk 21
1093 SK Amsterdam
Get in touch:
  • Thursday 11:00—17:00
  • Friday 11:00—17:00
  • Saturday 11:00—17:00

The Black Archives is a unique historical archive for inspiring conversations, activities and literature from black and other perspectives that are often overlooked elsewhere. The Black Archives documents the history of black emancipation movements and individuals in the Netherlands. The Black Archives is managed by the New Urban Collective.

The Black Archives consists of unique book collections, archives and artefacts that are the legacy of Black Dutch writers and scientists. The more than 10.000 books in the collections focus on racism and race issues, slavery and (the) colonization, gender and feminism, social sciences and development, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles, South America and Africa. Black literature, knowledge and informa- tion is made accessible for study and research.

Based on the collection they develop exhibitions, public programmes and other activities.