Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome

The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome, KNIR) is a Dutch academic institute outside the Netherlands, founded in 1904. It focuses on research and interdisciplinary education in the humanities. The collection of its library pertains chiefly to the archaeology, history, and art history of Rome and of Italy. It also houses various special collections, including a rare book collection, archaeological and art historical photograph collections, post card collections, maps, and prints. In 2013 the library has begun a digitization project.

In June 2014, the following collections had been digitized and made available on the website:

  • Fotocollectie Van Essen: photos of Rome and its surroundings in the 1950s and 1960s, made by Carel Claudius van Essen, and dealing mainly with historic-archaeological topics. Images are shown in an album on flickr.
  • Collectie religieuze zegels: religious seals from the 11th and 12th centuries
  • Fotocollectie Santa Prisca en Mithraeum: a photographic collection of the archaeological excavations at the Santa Prisca, made in 1960 by Anton van Munster
  • Collectie ex-libris: ex-libris found in the KNIR Library. Images are shown in an album on flickr.

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