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Cornelis Hendrik van Schooneveld archive

Identifier: ubl006

Scope and Contents

In the years 1953-1982 Van Schooneveld in his capacity as editor-in-chief supervised the publication of about 800 books in the Mouton series Slavistic printings and reprintings (slavistics), Janua linguarum (linguistics) and De proprietatibus litterarum (literary studies). His archive contains several thousands editorial files, which makes it possible to reconstruct the genesis of almost all books in the mentioned series. Part of these files contain data concerning manuscripts that have been rejected. Another part of the archive contains the correspondence which Van Schooneveld kept in his capacity as professor in Slavistics at the universities of Leiden, Stanford and Indiana, respectively.


  • 1952-2003

Language of Materials

English, Dutch, Russian, (French, German, Serbo-Croatian)

Conditions Governing Use

Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.

Biographical / Historical

Cornelis Hendrik van Schooneveld was born on 19 January 1921 in The Hague. In 1938 he started his study in Slavistics at Leiden University, under the supervision of professor N. van Wijk. Van Wijk died in 1941, but not before legating his library to Leiden University Library. In the years 1941-1942 (after Leiden University had been closed down by the German occupiers) Van Schooneveld was employed by the University Library, in order to catalogue Van Wijk’s books. He completed his studies in 1946. A Rockefeller Fellowship enabled him to continue his studies in the United States, at Columbia University, New York. After this appointment Van Schooneveld taught Russian and German at the University of Oklahoma. In 1952 Van Schooneveld was appointed at Leiden University, as professor of Balto-Slavic languages. In 1959 he worked as a visiting professor at Stanford University in California. When this institute offered him a permanent appointment as professor of Slavistics he left Leiden University (July 1960). From 1966 onwards until his retirement in 1986 Van Schooneveld worked as a professor at Indiana University, Bloomington.

In the period 1953-1983 Van Schooneveld also worked on behalf of the publishing house Mouton & Co, The Hague as editor-in-chief of three internationally renowned series in the field of slavistics, linguistics and literary studies: Slavistic printings and reprintings, Janua linguarum, and De proprietatibus litterarum. Van Schooneveld died in 2003 in Vozérier-Amancy, France.


285 boxes (c. 40 m.)


Persoonlijk archief van C.H. van Schooneveld (1921-2003), hoogleraar slavistiek. De collectie bevat duizenden dossiers in verband met zijn werk in de jaren 1953-1982 als redacteur van drie wetenschappelijke reeksen van de voormalige Haagse uitgeverij Mouton & Co. Daarnaast bevat de collectie o.m. de beroepsmatige correspondentie die Van Schooneveld heeft gevoerd als hoogleraar Slavische talen aan achtereenvolgens de universiteiten van Leiden, Stanford en Indiana (Bloomington).


Private archive of C.H. van Schooneveld, (1921-2003), professor of Slavic studies. The collection consists of thousands of files concerning his editorial work in 1953-1982 on three scientific series published by the former The Hague publisher Mouton & Co. Additionally, the collection also contains the correspondence written by Van Schooneveld during his position as professor of Slavic Studies at Leiden University, the University of Stanford and the University of Indiana (Bloomington), respectively.


The papers (285 boxes in total) have been subdivided in: A. ‘Archives regarding Mouton and related activities’; 165 boxes (inv.nrs. 1-13). – B. ‘Professional correspondence’; 53 boxes (inv.nrs. 14-25). – C. ‘Scholarly notes and manuscripts’; 38 boxes (inv. 26-30). – D. ‘Scholarly documentation’; 19 boxes (inv.nrs. 31-36). – E. ‘Personal papers’; 10 boxes (inv.nrs. 37-39).

Physical Location

Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden, Bijzondere Collecties

Other Finding Aids

The main access to the collection is the inventory by Hinrichs in this collection level description (see below). At present the letters have not been described in the Leiden Catalogue (Letters).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Prof Dr C.H. van Schooneveld (Vozérier-Amancy, France) donated his private archive to Leiden University Library in 1998. In 2007 and 2008 his widow, Mrs. Dorothy van Schooneveld-Abel, donated additional archival materials from his estate.

Related Materials

The editorial papers of em. professor Werner Winter, Kiel University, concerning the scientific series Trends in Linguistics (1968-1985) – initially published by Mouton & Co, The Hague, later by Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin – is kept in the Bibliotheca Publica Latina Collection under shelfmark BPL 3526.


  • Album Scholasticum Academiae Lugduno-Batavae MCMLXXV-MCMLXXXIX. Leiden 1991. p. 149.
  • Hinrichs, J.P., The C.H. van Schooneveld Collection in Leiden University Library. Editorial correspondence and documents relating to Mouton & Co., The Hague, and other papers in the fields of Slavistics and linguistics. With contributions by A.Th. Bouwman. Leiden 2001. (Codices manuscripti, 31).


The material can be requested in the online catalogue and can be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Processing Information

After their arrival in 1998 the Van Schooneveld papers were inventorised by Dr Jan Paul Hinrichs, Slavic Librarian at Leiden University Library. This work resulted in an exhibition in February and March of 2001 ‘Mouton & Co. revisited’ at Leiden University Library. The accompanying publication (Hinrichs 2001) contains an historical outline of the rise and fall of Mouton & Co. as a scientific publishing house, a short inventory of the Van Schooneveld papers (received up till 2001) and a bibliographic overview of all the titles that were published in the three Mouton-series. The inventory in this collection level description, compiled by Hinrichs in the years 2007 and 2008, describes the complete archive (including the later additions) in much greater detail, while the original numbering system has remained intact.

Collection guide of the Cornelis Hendrik van Schooneveld archive (1952-2003)
Archief van Cornelis Hendrik van Schooneveld
Jan Paul Hinrichs 2001, 2008; André Bouwman 2007, 2008
Language of description
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Language of description note
Beschrijving is in het Engels.

Revision Statements

  • 28 October 2014: latest update

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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