The departmental library has a substantial collection of major Dutch writers and philosophers. In addition, the departmental library boasts a sizable collection of books on linguistics, literary theory, cultural theory and intellectual history. The library also has the latest reference works, dictionaries, and bibliographies. In addition, the departmental library provides Dutch and Flemish reviews and magazines. Comfortable chairs and free coffee provide an atmosphere conducive to browsing and reading.
The Bancroft Library has an extraordinary collection of Dutch clandestine literature; books that were published illegally during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. It also has the “Engel Sluiter Historical Documents Collection”, over 160,000 transcribed pages of manuscripts from Latin-American, Iberian and Asian archives dealing with the former Dutch colonial empire. These books and documents may be used only in The Bancroft Library. For more information, see The Bancroft Library.
Exhibit: Dutch clandestine literature in the Berkeley library
Engel Sluiter Collection
The Engel Sluiter Historical Documents Collection at the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library is an accumulation of research notes and transcriptions of historical documents from archives throughout Europe and Latin America, made between approximately 1930-2001 by Engel Sluiter, former Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, who was of Dutch origin. The collection consists of 98 boxes of these notes and transcriptions, estimated in excess of 160,000 pages, including photocopies of documents and other written works. While the collection is summarized as relating to “17th-century Dutch-Iberian global rivalry,” subjects range from Dutch, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese voyages to the Americas, imperial finances between the later sixteenth and first half of the seventeenth centuries, Dutch voyages during the early 17th century, shipping records, the Dutch presence in North America, the Caribbean and Brazil, the transatlantic slave trade, the Newfoundland fisheries, and the Dutch Arctic exploration and whaling.
With the support of the New Netherland Institute and a Digital Humanities Collaborative Research grant provided by the Mellon Foundation, the Dutch Studies Program is working on the digitization of a guide to this collection. You can find more information on the Sluiter collection by reading this interview with the project’s principal researcher Julie van den Hout.