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Brabant Collection: A seemingly inexhaustible source of information about Brabant’s Heritage.

The Dutch province of North Brabant has a rich heritage that deserves to be accessible to a wider audience. That's the idea behind the Brabant Collection of Tilburg University. In centuries past, Brabant's history has been chronicled in numerous books, journals, prints and maps-and later also in photographs, film, and audio fragments. This impressive collection, located at the university, is a welcome resource-not only for many researchers, but also for those interested in local history. Your financial partnership in support of expanding and preserving this heritage collection helps the University to answer this societal need.

The Brabant Collection, which is maintained by Tilburg University, is a well-rounded and complete collection of more than 100,000 books and 200 journals of more recent date, 20,000 early printed editions dated before 1801, 700 manuscripts, 2000 letters and 20,000 prints and maps. The Brabant Collection also preserves the unique Theology collections, which are comprised of 33,000 old prints and several hundred manuscripts. Film and sound represent an important part of the Brabant Collection. The popular North Brabant Film and Photo archive is comprised of some 900 films and 240,000 photographs.

The Visscher-Roman wall-map: A unique cartographic object

One of the ongoing projects in the Brabant Collection that particularly counts on the financial support of donors has to do with preserving, digitizing and making accessible the Visscher-Roman wall-map, which is one of the most important cartographic overviews of the Dutch province of Brabant from the 17th century and an important example of Dutch Golden Age craftsmanship. The map, part of the Brabant Collection, is the most complete known example of its kind- and as such is of inestimable cultural value. Costs of the project are estimated at some 100,000 euro. By investing in this project you will contribute to making this unique object accessible to a wider audience. Once the map has been digitized, printed editions of the map would make excellent gifts to valued business contacts, for example.

Maintaining, archiving, managing, preserving and expanding the Brabant collection is an intensive and costly business. Only with outside funding will it be possible to develop the collection as a resource- which now and in the future can be accessed by those interested in the history of Brabant. Your donation can help to make this possible.