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Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje collection - Or. 8952 C-L

Identifier: ubl167

Scope and Contents

Or. 8952 C-L contains files on specific publications of C. Snouck Hurgronje (mainly correspondence), various Arabic correspondence related to Snouck Hurgronje’s contacts in Arabia and the Dutch consulate-general in Jeddah, typescripts of speeches and publications, reviews, materials related to conferences, membership of academies and other learned societies, materials related to the Vereeniging Koloniaal Instituut (Amsterdam), the Technische Hoogeschool (Polytechnic) at Bandung, newspaper clippings, and photographs and various personal documents concerning C. Snouck Hurgronje.

This collection is part of the ubl085 Collection Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje .


  • Creation: c. 1875-1936
  • Creation: Bulk 1889-1927


Conditions Governing Use

This is a digitised collection. The original documents can only be consulted at special request.


377 items

Language of Materials

Multiple languages

Abstract in Dutch

Een deel van het archief van Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936), islamoloog en arabist, adviseur van het Gouvernement van Nederlands-Indië (1889-1906) en hoogleraar Arabisch in Leiden (1906-1927). Het archief bevat brieven, politieke dossiers en andere documenten, typoscripten van voordrachten en publicaties en materiaal m.b.t. congressen en lidmaatschap van wetenschappelijke instituten. Dit gedeelte betreft het archief bewaard in Or. 8952 C – L. NB: voor andere onderdelen van de collectie zie de overkoepelende collectiebeschrijving.

Abstract in English

Part of the archive of Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936), Islamic scholar and Arabist, advisor to the Colonial Government of the Netherlands East Indies (1889-1906) and professor of Arabic at Leiden (1906-1927). The archive contains correspondence, political files and other documents, typoscripts of speeches and publications and materials related to conferences, membership of academies and other learned societies. This part of the archive comprises the documents preserved in Or. 8952 C – L. PLEASE NOTE: for other parts of the collection see the main collection guide of the Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje collection.

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Custodial History

After the death of Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje in 1936 his archive remained in the possession of his widow, Ida Maria Snouck Hurgronje-Oort (1873-1958). During the Second World War, part of the archive was transferred for security reasons to his former home at Rapenburg 61, Leiden. Not long before the death of Snouck Hurgronje’s widow her daughter Christien Liefrinck-Snouck Hurgronje (1914-) arranged for the correspondence to be donated to Leiden University Library in 1956. This correspondence is now preserved in Or. 8952 A-B (see the separate collection guide). In 1980, part of the archive which was then still kept at Rapenburg 61 was transferred to Leiden University Library and added to the general correspondence files, although it did only partly contain letters. These additions were registered under Or. 8952 with the remark ‘Nagekomen 1980’ (added 1980). At least part of the additions were regarded as subject to the embargo which expired on January 1st, 1997.


No future additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital images are accessible through the inventory. For an overview of the letters that are digital available in the catalogue click here. Then use Refine My Results or Advanced Search to diminish the number of results.

Related Materials

This collection comprises only part of the Snouck Hurgronje archive. The bulk of the archive is preserved in Or. 18.097 and Or. 18.098. The general correspondence is preserved in Or. 8952 A-B (see the separate collection guides). More general information on the Snouck Hurgronje collections can be found in the main collection guide.

Separated Materials

The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) at Leiden has a collection of Snouck Hurgronje papers.

Processing Information

The materials in Or. 8952 C-L were organised and packed in 1980 or shortly afterwards, but no inventory was made.

The archive was restored, repacked, digitised and catalogued between 2007 and 2011 with funding from Metamorfoze, a national conservation and digitisation project co-ordinated by the Royal Library, The Hague, with additional financial support from Familefonds Hurgronje (Middelburg) and various persons related to Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje.

Collection guide of the Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje collection - Or. 8952 C-L (c. 1875-1936)
Collectie Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje - Or. 8952 C-L
Arnoud Vrolijk
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This finding aid has been written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 25 September 2020: latest update

Repository Details

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