Diaries, written recollections and letters frequently provide a unique view of history. Atria has 260 different ego documents by women (mostly in Dutch). Think, for instance, in terms of a camp diary, a diary written by a baker’s wife between 1892 and 1898 in Friesland, or the 1899 diary of the woman director of a theatre school. Approximately 40 of them have been digitalised.

Viewing ego documents

If you would like to come and see a diary, please make an appointment by emailing

Donating ego documents

Have you inherited a collection of diaries where female relatives share their everyday lives? Do you have old housekeeping books or travel stories? For Atria, these are absolute treasures. For further information, please contact the archivist by emailing