The photography collection of Leiden University is the oldest public photography collection in The Netherlands. It aims to represent the history and the different manifestations of the medium throughout its history.
In 1953, as first public institution in The Netherlands, professor in art history Prof. Dr Hans van de Waal founded the photography collection which was then based at the Print Room (‘Prentenkabinet’) of the Art Historical Institute of Leiden University.
Which are the most important sub collections of the photo collection of Leiden University?
The collection photographs and photographica of Leiden University is part of the Special Collection division of the University Library. Photographs and objects from the collection can be viewd and studied in the Special Collections Reading Room. See for instructions and house rules the general section on the Special Collections.