Interviews with union members

Time period: 1983
Number of interviews: 7
Accessibility: Only the digital files are accessible.

The Trade Union Historical Society was founded in 1983; its objectives were to increase knowledge of trade union history and promote interest in the history of the trade union movement.


This audio collection features interviews with members of the St Eloy Katholieke Arbeidersbeweging, Algemeene Nederlandsche Metaalbewerkerbond Rotterdam, the Algemene Nederlandse Bouwarbeidersbond, ABB and ABVA, Amsterdam, NVV, Friesland, the Transportbond and the Algemene Nederlandse Diamantbewerkerbond.


The archive was deposited with the IISH in 2005 by the VHV “Friends of the History of the Trade Union Movement” Foundation; with an addition in 2018 from IISH backlogs and in 2021 from Jacques van Gerwen.


Imaazje! The imagination of Provo

Time period: 1965 - 1967
Number of interviews: 29
Accessibility: On request

Provo is one of the best-known protest movements of the 1960s. Although disbanded in 1967, Provo is still surrounded by tasty stories, fond memories and ever-expanding myths. Historian Niek Pas (Tegelen, 1970) conducted extensive research into this protest movement, trying to explain why Provo emerged as an action group in numerous Dutch and foreign cities and simultaneously grew into an international symbol of the Dutch 1960s. This resulted in his dissertation Imaazje! The Imagination of Provo (1965-1967)(Amsterdam: Wereldbibliotheek, 2003). For his doctoral research, Niek Pas interviewed several former members of Provo. Of the interviews, 29 were taped, spread over 38 audio cassettes.

Imaazje! : de verbeelding van Provo (1965-1967)

Author: Niek Pas

Amsterdam: Wereldbibliotheek, 2003

ISBN: 90 284 2014 2

Drawing on the background and networks of two key players at the time, Rob Stolk and Roel van Duijn, Niek Pas paints a fascinating picture of the birth and development of Provo – in Amsterdam, but also in Maastricht and Belgium.

The FNV will not step aside

Vakbondsleider Wim Kok houdt een toespraak tijdens een stakingsmars op de Coolsingel, Rotterdam (1977)
Henne Pauli
Time period: 1977
Number of interviews: 4
Accessibility: Permission from the copyright holder is required.

Interviews by Henne Pauli with Jaap Boersma, Frans Drabbe, Jaques Penders and Arie Groenevelt on the role of the 1977 strike.


The collection originally consisted of 8 cassettes signed BG GC1/551 to GC1/558.


Literature: Henne Pauli, De FNV gaat niet opzij!;

Hoe de vakbeweging de grote staking van ’77 won,

Voorlichtingsdienst Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging, 1977.

Together with NKV leader Wim Spit, he successfully leads the merger with the NVV to form the FNV. Under the slogan ‘The FNV does not go sideways’, he successfully leads the fight to retain full price compensation in 1977.

Dolle Mina

'Dolle Mina's' [Women's Lib] demonstrating for the right of birth control and abortion showing their bellies with the slogan 'baas in eigen buik' [woman's right to choose]. Utrecht, 14 March 1970.

dolle mina


Interviewers: Nienke, Poortvliet, Marijke Naezer, Mieke Aerts, Barbara Henkes


Number of interviews: 8

Dolle Mina was a left-wing, radical feminist action group. Despite the formal rights women had, there was still a lot of injustice and disadvantage. Through playful actions, they wanted to improve women’s rights. Their sources of inspiration were campaigning women in the US and the Maagdenhuis occupation in Amsterdam. The action group took its name from the nickname of women’s campaigner Wilhelmina Drucker. This combative feminist of the first hour was nicknamed ‘Iron Mina’. Wilhelmina Drucker pursued the same goals as the action group a century earlier.


ATRIA -> Dolle Mina

Women’s Peace Movement

Vredesgang der Nederlandse Vrouwen, Amsterdam - 18 mei 1936
Time period: 1914-1940



Interviewers: Marijke Mossink, Annette Mevis

Number of interviews: 8



THERE WERE ONCE two women’s peace unions, the Algemeene Nederlandsche Vrouwen Vredebond and the Internationale Vrouwenbond voor Vrede en Vrijheid. Both had been founded at the beginning of World War I with an appeal to something like women’s special responsibility for a better world.
The ANW was of the so-called apolitical ‘improve the world start with yourself’ type. Its members went on home visits like salvation soldiers to propagate peace from person to person.
The IVW, the Dutch branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, was self-confident, professional and politically dyed-in-the-wool in the feminist suffrage struggle. Like self-appointed mediators, its leaders, including Aletta Jacobs, went round heads of state and prime ministers to organise peace.


Political scientist Marijke Mossink explains what moved both unions in her dissertation De levenbrengsters – Over vrouwen, vrede, feminisme en politiek in Nederland 1914-1940. On 10 May 1940, they had come within a hair’s breadth of merging, after years of disputes over the forms of action and organisation of their female mission.



De levenbrengsters
over vrouwen, vrede, feminisme en politiek in Nederland 1914-1940

Marijke Mossink

Stichting beheer IISG, 1995 – 252 pages



Proefschrift van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Faculteit Politieke en Sociaal-Culturele Wetenschappen. Door middel van een vergelijkend onderzoek naar de Algemeene Nederlandsche Vrouwen Vredebond en de Internationale Vrouwenbond voor Vrede en Vrijheid is nagegaan hoe het mogelijk was dat deze twee vrouwenvredesorganisaties naast elkaar bestonden, en waarom het zo moeilijk was om tot een fusie te komen. Centraal staat de betekenis die in beide organisaties aan de begrippen ‘vrouwen’, ‘vrede’ en ‘organisatie’ werd toegekend.




Red women

Number of interviews: 8

Oral History interviews with eight women who played important roles in the Red Women and women’s training centre De Born


For brief descriptions of the interviewees see the website van Artria

Women’s relief work

Number of interviews: 8

Oral history interviews with feminists who pioneered women’s mental and physical health care.


For brief descriptions of the interviewees, see the website van Artria

Oral history of the second feminist wave in Flanders

Stem vrouw-actie van PAG Mechelen, 1971 (collectie AVG-Carhif)
Time period: 1970-1985


Number of interviewees: 15

Number of interviews: 30


Reading room or download link (subject to permission)

Transcription: yes (pdf, Word)

Recording: audio

File type: wav (with conversion to mp3)


Accessibility: Reasoned request. The institution then reviews the transcripts (privacy-sensitive passages) and checks the contract with the interviewee (possible restrictions on use).

The aim of the project was twofold:

  • To generate source material on feminism of the so-called ‘second feminist wave’ by interviewing protagonists of this movement with special attention to aspects that remain underexposed in written sources.
  • To introduce the general public to (the ideas of) the second feminist wave by means of interactive web modules using, among other things, interview fragments.


  • 30 interviews (15 protagonists, 2 interviews each): digital files with transcription and metadata
  • Video interviews with 8 protagonists, from which several passages were cut for the didactic website: GENDERHISTORY.BE


The second feminist wave is the name of a period of feminist activism in the late 1960s and 1970s.  It was part of a broader movement of social protest, like the student protest of May ’68. This website introduces you to the feminist movement in Flanders. What did the feminists want ‘from the second wave’? And how do they look back on that period today?


The website is meant as an introduction to the history of the women’s movement.



In 2012-2013 the Archive Centre for Women’s History (AVG) worked on the project about the history of the second wave of feminism in Belgium.

This article was published about the course of the project and the learning process the AVG went through regarding digital sustainability.  

Labour Movement Twente

Time period: 1930-1960

Collection former Film and Science Foundation


Interviewer(s): Gerard Kuys, Eric Theloosen, Niek Vos, Jozef Vos
Number of interviews: 10

Number of persons: 17
Production date: 1976-1978
Type of interview(s): scientific
Carrier: 5 audiotapes
Accessibility: restricted
Transcription: none

The interviews were conducted within the framework of the (economic and social) history doctoral theses (KUN) of the four interviewers, with as subject the labour movement and labour relations in the Twente textile industry 1930-1960. A number of interviews were conducted with several people at the same time. For instance, Duyn, Ter Haar, the Kapitein couple and Pieperiet are in one interview, as are Meijer and Tijdeman.

Almost all of them speak about the situation in the textile industry in Twente from an active position in the left-wing (trade) movement, especially NVV, NSV, NAS, EVC and OVB, whereby a strong aversion to the CPN emerges. The exception is the liberal politician Stikker, who speaks more from the position of employers than from his views on the new (post-war) forms of cooperation between employers and employees. Among other things, he was the initiator of the Labour Foundation in 1945.


Gerard Kuys – De vrees voor wat niet kwam : nieuwe arbeidsverhoudingen in Nederland 1935-1945, aan het voorbeeld van de Twentse textielindustrie

Niek Vos – De rauwe wet van vraag en aanbod: arbeidsverhoudingen in de Twents-Gelderse textielindustrie 1945 tot 1949

Einde textielstaking, april 1932. Arbeiders gaan de poort van Gerh. Jannink & Zn. binnen (Nationaal Archief 023-0268)

Unity Trade Union Centre (EVC) 1943-1948

Time period: 1943-1948

Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewer: P. Coomans, T. de Jonge, E. Nijhof
Number of interviews: 8
Production date: February/March 1972
Type of interview: scientific
Carrier: 23 tapes
Supplier: E. Nijhof
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcription: summary


De Eenheidevakcentrale EVC 1943-1948 // Paul Coomans, Truike de Jonge, Erik Nijhof

oospronkelijk: doctoraalscriptie

ISBN : 9789001390167

In 1944, the foundations were laid for an entirely new trade union organisation, the Eenheidsvakbeweging (EVB). This was an initiative of the underground leadership of the Communist Party of the Netherlands (CPN), which had played an important role in the resistance and hoped to be able to convert the respect it had gained into key positions in post-war society.


In addition to participating in a progressive government, she also envisaged playing a leading role in a renewed trade union movement, in which the old ideological oppositions would be overcome in the interests of the joint struggle for optimum working conditions.


For more information on the interviews and the interviewees, see: SFW Work Edition no. 8 (1995), pp. 4, 15, 16, 18, 19, 24, 29, 35.


The EVC opposed the colonial war and wanted to organise a strike against it, but in vain.