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History of Sound Archive RUU and SFW

Stichting Film en Wetenschap
Time period: 1960-1970
Number of interviews: 1 (1 person)
Accessibility: Restricted
Transcripts: None
Period of interviews: 1995

The collection has not yet been digitized and therefore cannot be viewed directly at Beeld & Geluid. Digitization can, however, be requested from Beeld & Geluid via: 

Medium: 2 cassette tapes

The interview with Rolf Schuursma (born 1931) was conducted for the purposes of a study into (the history of) SFW’s sound archive, resulting in Lauwers’ The interview collections at the Film and Science Foundation, An audiographic overview, part 1, Amsterdam: Film and Science Foundation (SFW working edition no.8), 1995. An inventory of the first 10 years of the audio archive’s interview collection.


The interview covers the development of the Historical Sound Archive within the Institute of History of the Utrecht State University (RUU) in 1961 up to its incorporation into the Utrecht SFW in 1970. Schuursma played a crucial role in the whole process. Besides acquiring a large amount of radio material, he initiated the interview collection at RUU. He moved with SFW in 1970 and became head of the newly formed Documentation Department. He later held other positions within the foundation until 1980, when he became librarian of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Between 1985 and 1992, he was a member of the Advisory Board of SFW.