English summary of the inventory of the archives of the Dutch factory in Japan, 1609-1860

Fonds Specifications


Custodial History

1. The transfer of the first part of the archive (1609-1842) to Batavia (1852, 1860) and to the Netherlands (1862/3. The transfer of the second part (1843-1860) to the Netherlands (1909).
By regulation of 17 may 1852 of the Governor-General at Batavia, the Opperhoofd Mr. J.H. Donker Curtis was ordened to send the archive of the factory to Batavia, ".....and this, for the time being, including such a period, as seems to him, After consultation of his predecessor in office, the former Opperhoofd F.C. Rose, proper to be missed on Deshima. Rose thought that this was the case with the documents anterior to 1800. So this part was sent to the General Secretiat at Batavia, on which consignment Donker Curtis remarks in a covering letter, that the documents written in Japanese (the acts of safe-conduct and others) must be examined first by the Nagasaki officials. These Japanese documents were sent to Batavia in september 1860 by the Consul-General of the Netherlands in Japan, together with the lacquered panel with the names of the Opperhoofden and with the archive of 1800-1842.
At Batavia the archive was preserved on the top floors of the Grain- and Iron-warehouses, together with documents, produced by others Outposts or by the "Hooge Regeering Batavia" (High Government at Batavia; hencefort indicated as: H.R.B.). Probably in this period the mixing of the Deshima documents with the last named archive has taken place (Cf. par.11). In 1862 and 1863 a part of thes collections was sent to the General State Archive at The Hague, after a brief sorting. The ambassador of the Netherlands at Tokyo finally sent the archive of 1843-1860 to the Ministery of Foreign Affairs, (despatch, of 24 june 1909), whence it was received at the General State Archives in oktober 1909.