Women frequently play a subordinate role in historical overviews. Hence, in its biographies database, Atria collects information (in Dutch) about the lives of women, who played or continue to play a distinctive role in society.
Women as pioneers
You will encounter many pioneers amongst the women in this database. Women who have done important things in their own field or were the first to practise a particular profession. Think, for instance, in terms of the first female professor in the Netherlands, the first female government minister or the first woman bank director. The women included in the database are all deceased.
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Atria also has folders of biographical press cuttings (in Dutch) comprising newspaper and magazine articles about the lives of important and well-known women; this includes women writers and their work. Apart from the biographies and press cuttings, we also have many books, articles and theses about interesting women.
Contributions and additional information
People, who have experienced major events at close proximity, can provide first hand testimony of “how it was”. These oral histories imbue paper archives with both a context and a more personal content, and generate a fuller representation of history.
Oral history method
The interviewers deploy the “life story approach” where interviewees are questioned about not only a particular period but also their lives as a whole.
Public or restricted
Although part of the interviews can be accessed by the public, other sections are as yet exclusively available for academic research and some sources will only be opened after an agreed period of time. The interviews are in Dutch.