Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905, founded VU Amsterdam in 1880. At first the university was only open to Reformed Christians and was entirely financed by their fund-raising efforts and donations. Since the 1960s, however, VU Amsterdam has been open to everyone and funded in the same way as the other Dutch universities, although it still retains its tradition of Christian standards and values. This finds expression in the emphasis placed upon social involvement in the university’s teaching and research programmes.

Abraham Kuyper

Abraham Kuyper

Programme Art, Heritage and Archives (KEA)

With this strategic programme the University Library (UL) aims to catch up with the existing backlogs in collection management of heritage and special collections of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. By means of identification  and registration, these materials are made available for education and research, wherever possible.
Through this programme the UL ensures access to the heritage and art collections of VU Amsterdam for present and future generations.

Call for action
Do you have any heritage objects, historical documents or art objects that may be related to the VU, or do you know someone who could be helpful in this regard? Please contact Liselotte Neervoort: tel. +31(0)6-21247309, e-mail l.l.neervoort@vu.nl.

Art, Heritage and Archives Programme period: 2016 – 2020

Nederlands: historie van de VU