In 2016, Leiden University Library and KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies donated 3132 high resolution mainly nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs and works of art to Wikimedia Commons in a partnership with Wikimedia.
This donation is an extension of their  2015 donation of 2418 colonial photographs, mainly of Indonesia and India. The 2810 photographs show Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China, and Suriname. The 322 works of art depict people, landscapes, plantations, plants and butterflies of Suriname and landscapes of Indonesia.
Leiden University Library, which presently manages the source image database
media-kitlv.nl, has made this donation possible in practice. The uploads were performed by Hansmuller/Hans Muller using the GLAMwiki Toolset software. English translations and corrections of the captions and other metadata were added.
This donation includes historical photographs and artwork, sorted by author, of
Indonesia (Dutch East Indies, this is the main part of the donation):
Singapore and Malaysia:
The overall category for maintenance is
Media contributed by KITLV (5529 images, including the 2015 donation as of 19 May 2016).
Plantations of Indonesia and Suriname, portraits of aristocrats, commoners and Europeans in the colonies, landscapes including volcanoes, expeditions in Borneo, animals and plants, religious scenes, and more.
Artwork [ edit ]
Mandarins in a boat, 1604. Baptista van Doetechum
"Observatoire de Peking", 1736. J. van der Spyk
The Great Wall, circa 1750
Cantonese (Guangzhou), circa 1830. Louis le Comte.
Le temple de Gozinzie près du village D'jnassa (?), 1860-1866. Johan Maurits van Lijnden, C.W. Mieling
Photographs [ edit ]
Marble Hill at Shiuhing (Zhaoqing), China, Xi River around 1871
View of the courtyard of Lie Ming Koen, China, around 1871
Jade Girl Peak on the Nine Bend River, Wuyi Mountains, circa 1871
Chinese junks at Macau, 1900-1902
Chinese money changers (or some game?), probably in China, circa 1900
Indonesia [ edit ]
Artwork [ edit ]
Mount Merapi (Gunung Merapi). Franz Junghuhn and C.W. Mieling, 1853-1854
Men collecting birds' nests east of Rankop (Rongkop-Rongkap?). Franz Junghuhn and C.W. Mieling, circa 1855
Kawa Patuha, 1853-1854. Franz Junghuhn and C.W. Mieling
Crater Lake of Gunung Slamet. Franz Junghuhn, circa 1855
J.J. Périé, around 1850. Isidore van Kinsbergen and J.D. Steuerwald
Photographs [ edit ]
Kawah Upas, the western crater of Gunung Tangkuban Parahu near Bandung. Junghuhn, around 1860
A teukoe of the west coast of Aceh with his bride, circa 1880. Lambert & Co.
Batak dignitary, the east coast of Sumatra, circa 1890. C.J. Kleingrothe
Gallery house of mr. M.J. Tiele, administrator of the plantation Padang Bulan, Amsterdam Deli Company, Medan, 1897-1903. C.J. Kleingrothe
Railway bridge over the Belawan, Sumatra, 1898. C.J. Kleingrothe
Ma'amoen al Rashid Perkasa Alam Shah, Sultan of Deli, 1898. C.J. Kleingrothe
Woman and two children, Batak country, circa 1900. C.J. Kleingrothe
Tobacco plantation Tanjung Morawa, Batangkuwis, Deli, circa 1903. C.J. Kleingrothe
Burning of natural gases at an oil drilling site, presumably at Pangkalan Brandan, East Coast of Sumatra, circa 1905. C.J. Kleingrothe
Ox carts, Bamboo Avenue, Belawan company, Deli, 1905. C.J. Kleingrothe
Lake Toba, Haranggaul, Sumatra, circa 1905. C.J. Kleingrothe
Post and telegraph office, Medan, Sumatra, circa 1905. C.J. Kleingrothe
Tobacco plant and leaf, Deli, circa 1905. C.J. Kleingrothe
Four-year-old coffee plant (café robusta) on a plantation, Sumatra, circa 1905. C.J. Kleingrothe
Javanese mask game (topeng) at the pasar malam in Surabaya, 1905-1906. Kurkdjian
Gate of the Borobudur, circa 1900. Kurkdjian
Mount Bromo and Mount Batok, circa 1910. Kurkdjian
Michielsmonument, Padang, circa 1910. J. Demmeni
Minangkabau brides on Sumatra's west coast, circa 1910. J. Demmeni
Woman at work on a rubber plantation, probably in Java, circa 1915. Kurkdjian
Canning oil, Batavian Petroleum Company, Pangkalan Brandan, 1916. C.J. Kleingrothe
Sand Sea (Lautan pasir), the Gunung Batok, Bromo (Gunung Bromo, left) and Gunung Semeru, circa 1920. Kurkdjian
Stereo photo. Photographer O. Kurkdjian on the edge of the Sand Sea (Lautan Pasir), circa 1920
Buddha statue between stupas at Borobudur, circa 1925. Kurkdjian
Portrait of a Dutch director of Dejima, circa 1820
Palace of the lord of Satsuma at Sedo. Felice Beato, presumably 1863-1865
Japanese sailboat near the warehouses at Dejima. Felice Beato, presumably 1863-1865
Temple in Nagasaki. Felice Beato, presumably 1863-1865
Tōkaidō road in a village in Japan. Felice Beato, presumably 1863-1865
Nunobiki waterfall near Kobe. Kusakabe Kimbei, circa 1890
Japanese woman in jinrikisha. Kusakabe Kimbei, circa 1890
Malaysia [ edit ]
Klingalese puppetry at the Nattukottai Chettiar Temple, Waterfall Road in Penang, circa 1890. Lambert & Co., G.R.
Waterfall near Penang, circa 1910. Kleingrothe, C.J.
Beach Street in Penang, circa 1910. Kleingrothe, C.J.
Coast at Tandjong Tokong in Penang, circa 1910. Kleingrothe, C.J.
Coast near Muka Head on Penang island, circa 1910. Kleingrothe, C.J.
Herd of elephants in Perak in Malacca (Melaka), circa 1900. Lambert & Co.
Singapore [ edit ]
New Bridge Road, 1895-1908
Greetings from Singapore, 1895-1908
Finlayson Green, 1895-1908
Victoria Theatre and Memorial Hall, circa 1900
Chinese locksmith at Singapore, circa 1900. Lambert & Co., G.R.
Suriname [ edit ]
Artwork [ edit ]
Branch with blossoming orange blossom, oranges and butterfly. Cornelis Markée, circa 1763
A jasmine tree branch, with caterpillar and sitting and flying butterfly. Cornelis Markée, circa 1763
Pineapple. Cornelis Markée, circa 1763
A red lily with its caterpillar. Cornelis Markée, circa 1763
Paramaribo on the river of Surinam. P. Beranger, 1817
Orchestra of a dance party (Negro dance). Bray & Petit, 1850
"Group of plantation niggers". Bray & Petit, 1850
Negro plantation houses. Bray & Petit, 1850
Views of plantations on the river Surinam. Gerard Voorduin and Jacob Heemskerck, 1860-1862
View of the Waterkant and roadstead of Paramaribo. Gerard Voorduin and Jacob Heemskerck, 1860-1862
Plantation Catharina Sophia, Surinam, 1878.Arnoldus Borret
Woman with red shawl. Arnoldus Borret, circa 1880
Kotomisi with orange twig. Arnoldus Borret, circa 1880
Three women. Arnoldus Borret, circa 1880
Photographs [ edit ]
Willem Hendrik Johan van Idsinga, governor of Surinam (1867-1873), circa 1870
Tamarind Avenue, Paramaribo, circa 1885. Julius Muller
Military Hospital, Paramaribo, circa 1885. Julius Muller
Plantation Mon Souci, circa 1885. Julius Muller
A small shrine in a Maroon village, circa 1885. Julius Muller
Immigrants are inspected upon arrival in Paramaribo on the ship, circa 1885. Julius Muller
Photographer Julius E. Muller, Paramaribo, circa 1885
Ice factory Sträter, Esser & Co., Paramaribo, 1892
Two maids, Paramaribo, 1895-1902. Bromet & Co.
Steenbakkerijstraat, Paramaribo, circa 1899
Saramaccastraat, Paramaribo, circa 1899
Chinese club, Paramaribo, circa 1899
Indian couple, circa 1900
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