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Archive Elsa van Dien-Hendrix

Brief overview

Name of the archive: Archive Elsa van Dien-Hendrix

Provenance: Public Library Groningen, acquired by University Library Groningen in april 2014

Size: 1 archive box

Language of the materials: Dutch


Archive of Elsa van Dien-Hendrix (1911-1995), librarian and organizer of an exhibition featuring 500 children’s books.

Collection number: UBG052

Institute: University of Groningen

Retainer: University Library Groningen

Provenance and acquisition


Before the second world war, Elsa van Dien-Hendrix was a librarian in Amsterdam. The special collection of children’s books in Groningen is named after her because she organized an exhibition featuring these books. The exhibition became well known throughout the country, and was also shown in Surinam and the Dutch Antilles. After the war, Dien-Hendrix worked at the documentation centre of Dutch newspaper Het Parool, where she was colleagues with Annie M.G. Schmidt, an author of Dutch children’s books. Furthermore, she worked for the Provinciale Bibliotheek Centrales of Overijssel and Noord-Holland. She wrote reviews for periodicals and magazines and taught youth services librarianship. Her biggest accomplishment in the field of children’s literature and librarianship is her travelling exhibition, which gained wide spread acclaim. The exhibition was commissioned by the Bureau voor Aesthetische Adviezen in Amsterdam. The exhibition was met with rave reviews in the newspapers, as can be seen in the snippets collected by Van Dien-Hendrix.


In 2014, the collection was acquired from Groningen Public Library.

Future additions       

No future additions are expected.

Contents and collation

The collection contains letters, newspaper snippets and miscellaneous materials having to do with the collection.

Instructions for users of the archive


The collection is accessible for research purposes. To look at the collection, a University Library Access Pass is required.

Limitations to use

The materials in this collection are available for viewing only. They cannot be borrowed. When consulting this collection, the rules set out in the Reglement voor de gebruikers van de Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit Groningen apply. Reproductions, insofar as they are allowed are to be made in line with the rules set out in the Tarieven en diensten Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Accessing the collection

An inventory of the collection is available.


When referencing materials from the collections, one full citation must be given. After this, an abbreviation suffices.

  • Collection: University Library Groningen, Archive Elsa van Dien-Hendrix.
  • Individual items: Groningen, UB, Van Dien-Hendrix [number].


The materials from this collection can be requested through Smartcat, the online library catalogue, or by sending an email to Special Collections Department.


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