Not a dilettante, but a professional: A short history of the archival profession and the professional association in the Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century
The (Royal) Society of Archivists was founded in Haarlem in 1891. The founders had a clear intention to unite archivists and to develop the archival profession and archival institutions. There was a social component, but the main focus was to discuss professional questions, develop new methods and improve the organization of the archival domain. By 1919 the main goals – the Manual (1898), the Archives Law (1918) and the Archives School (1919) – had been reached. The archival profession now truly existed. What has happened since then? How has the profession developed? What did Dutch archivists think the future of their profession would look like? Did they see a future for archivists? In seven-league boots we skip through history.