The Dutch Carmelite Institute (NCI) was founded in 1945. It aims to contribute to the study of the history and spirituality of the Carmelite Order, in particular of the northern and southern Netherlands.
The Institute has three departments: archives, a library and a iconotheca-documentation department.
Library and Documentation
The library includes about 11.500 volumes, of which 1000 older editions (before 1800), some incunabula (before 1500) and post-incunabula (1500-1540).
The multilingual collection is made up almost exclusively of "Carmelitana", i.e. books which deal with everything related to the Order, its history and spirituality. Many of these relate to the Dutch Province or to countries strongly linked to the Netherlands. If you want to view our database, click here...
Archives of the Flemish-Belgian Province of the Carmelites and monasteries of that Province, 16th to 18th century
The archives begin in 1597, the records sometimes go back to the 14th and 15th centuries. All documents are also on microfilm. The Boxmeer monastery and several stations in the Dutch Mission functioned within the Belgian province.
Archives of the Carmelite monastery in Boxmeer, 1387-1975
Formally, these archives do not form the archives of the Dutch Carmelite Institute, but are owned by the monastery. Included is a large number of important documents and writings, accessible through an inventory.
The archives of the Dutch Carmelite Province from 1855 and the Titus Brandsma archives
Titus Brandsma (1881-1942) was beatified in 1985.
The archives concerned, consist in a large number of relevant documents of the Papal Court in Den Bosch, many personal letters and original writings of Titus himself, letters addressed to him as well as documents, magazines, articles etc. about Titus’ life and death. All documents are broadly described and are accessible through computerized data processing.
A collection of Carmelite footage from the 16th to 20th century, stored in 160 volumes, including etchings, engravings, pictures, maps and/or copies of these and more than 10,000 photographs and slides, videotapes and audiotapes of Carmelites, persons and things, systematically arranged and largely accessible through inventories.