Member of the International Council on Archives
Who Are We?The Board•Mr Han Kooij – Chair•Mr Kees de Groot – Treasurer•Lady Judy Moody-Stuart* – Chair Nomination Committe...
History of the Archive• The Shell Ladies’ Project: LadyMoody-Stuart, Glenda Lewin andProf. Dr Dewey White• Collection orig...
Why The Hague?• 2ndUN City in the world• Long tradition of expatriation• Shell origins of the collection• Donation of the ...
Defining “Expat”One who leaves their home country temporarily to work or studyAdj. Resident outside one’s native countrySo...
What’s in a word?“Many Britons abroad see themselves as expats, a word that reflectsoutdated attitudes inappropriate for 2...
Why an Archive?• Document and preserve the social history ofexpatriate life for future generations• Create a research faci...
The Collection• Primary source material, originals preferred• From all over the world, in original languages• What we coll...
Donation Example
Stories From all the Family
Why Donate?• Become part of expat history• Help academic research• Proper preservation• Keep your collection together• Fre...
Storage• Custom-built archival room• Humidity controlled• Acid-free folders and boxes• Links with Gemeentearchief
Research• Primary: social history, geography,psychology, genealogy etc• Secondary: writers, journalists (limitations)
Current Research ExampleNational identity and nostalgia inexpatriates’ letters, 1979-2009Mara SfountouriGlobal History and...
Volunteering• Essential for our operation• We ask: 3 hours minimum, enthusiasticand inquisitive nature, an interest inhist...
Volunteer Projects• Sorting and cataloguing collections• Research and gap filling• Scanning• Translating• Writing articles...
Latest Developments• Online catalogue launched 2012• First academic symposium 2013• Social media, reaching the world• Blog...
From a Suitcase to an Archive…our story in a nutshell
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Welcome to the Expatriate Archive Centre

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An introduction to the Archive: who we are and what we do. We aim to preserve the social history of expat life for future generations and for academic research.

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Welcome to the Expatriate Archive Centre

  1. 1. Member of the International Council on Archives
  2. 2. Who Are We?The Board•Mr Han Kooij – Chair•Mr Kees de Groot – Treasurer•Lady Judy Moody-Stuart* – Chair Nomination Committee•Ms Tasoula Hadjitofi – Member Nomination Committee•Dr Marijke Huisman – Academic Member•Mr Ian Franklin – Shell•Ms Sylvia Spoelder – Global Outpost* Founding MemberThe StaffVolunteers in supporting rolesElske van HolkDirectorRosita Arnts-BoerArchivistCatherine SwindlesOffice ManagerPeta ChowPR and Marketing
  3. 3. History of the Archive• The Shell Ladies’ Project: LadyMoody-Stuart, Glenda Lewin andProf. Dr Dewey White• Collection originated with source materialfrom 2 books “Life on the Move” and“Life Now”.• April 2008 independent “Stichting” withown staff and a new name The Expatriate ArchiveCentre
  4. 4. Why The Hague?• 2ndUN City in the world• Long tradition of expatriation• Shell origins of the collection• Donation of the premises
  5. 5. Defining “Expat”One who leaves their home country temporarily to work or studyAdj. Resident outside one’s native countrySource: Move Guides
  6. 6. What’s in a word?“Many Britons abroad see themselves as expats, a word that reflectsoutdated attitudes inappropriate for 21st-century global living. Its time toconsign it to history” - Sociologist Peter Matanle,The Guardian“Ive spent years looking at expat identity - namely the fact that many socialscientists claim it doesnt exist. Theres no "real" culture associated with it,they say. I wholeheartedly disagree… expat culture collects exceptions tothe (traditional culture) rule. It is based in a mindset, not an "origin".” -Anthropologist Sarah Steegar, Expatica.com
  7. 7. Why an Archive?• Document and preserve the social history ofexpatriate life for future generations• Create a research facility for historians, socialscientists and writers• Relevance in a shrinking world, increasingglobalisationOur Mission: To collect, preserve, promote and make accessible acollection of primary source materials documenting the social history ofexpatriate life.
  8. 8. The Collection• Primary source material, originals preferred• From all over the world, in original languages• What we collect:– writings, diaries and memoirs– letters, postcards and emails– photos and scrapbooks– video and audio– blogs and social media– magazines and newsletters– paperwork, tickets and invites• Supplementary library of published material
  9. 9. Donation Example
  10. 10. Stories From all the Family
  11. 11. Why Donate?• Become part of expat history• Help academic research• Proper preservation• Keep your collection together• Free delivery with Voerman• Free digital copy• Privacy and confidentiality
  12. 12. Storage• Custom-built archival room• Humidity controlled• Acid-free folders and boxes• Links with Gemeentearchief
  13. 13. Research• Primary: social history, geography,psychology, genealogy etc• Secondary: writers, journalists (limitations)
  14. 14. Current Research ExampleNational identity and nostalgia inexpatriates’ letters, 1979-2009Mara SfountouriGlobal History and International Relations MAErasmus University Rotterdam
  15. 15. Volunteering• Essential for our operation• We ask: 3 hours minimum, enthusiasticand inquisitive nature, an interest inhistory• We offer: a friendly and internationalenvironment, support and training,references, gratitude!Tini NeervoortCoordinator
  16. 16. Volunteer Projects• Sorting and cataloguing collections• Research and gap filling• Scanning• Translating• Writing articles• Managing library• Marketing, PR, social media
  17. 17. Latest Developments• Online catalogue launched 2012• First academic symposium 2013• Social media, reaching the world• Blog archiving• Digitalising films• New Director@xpatarchive
  18. 18. From a Suitcase to an Archive…our story in a nutshell

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