New Collection: Completing the Picture
A simple story – a man from Pijnacker meets a woman from Rotterdam. They marry in The Hague, and eventually return there to retire. But this doesn’t give the whole picture. He worked in Canada, she in Papua New Guinea, and they met in Hong Kong. This is where the Expatriate Archive Centre comes in, to fill the gaps. We preserve life stories of expats such as the Goldbergs because otherwise these stories could be lost or discarded.
Frank Goldberg recently donated his fascinating collection of scrapbooks, photographs, airmail letters, newspaper clippings and more, along with his detailed memoir. His wife was also an expat, and they met in Hong Kong in the 1950s, where their four children were later born. They eventually returned to the Netherlands where two of their children now live, the other two having become expats themselves.
Your story won’t be evident to anyone looking at registries or records; there is a whole life in-between, and it might be scattered across countries. By donating your collection of paperwork, tickets, photos and other documents, you are ensuring that your expat story is preserved for the future. We accept material in any language, and we can arrange free delivery from anywhere in the world.
The Story Continues: Expanding Collections
We understand that expats often live in a changing world, moving on from place-to-place. If you decide to donate your expat story to us, you don’t need to worry that your story isn’t over yet! We are happy to receive additions or further finds.
This is exactly what happened this week. Anthropologist Ellettha Schoustra-van Beukering had already donated a sizable collection of photos and documents about her life in South Africa, Bangladesh, Singapore, Oman, Brunei, and the Czech Republic. She recently discovered more material relating to her years in Oman in the 1980s, and sent them to us.
Her original donation included the picture shown here, which shows her learning to use a water pump in Bangladesh in 1970.
The new additions include magazines containing articles that she had written, as well as the original source materials that she used to research these pieces.
So, if your collection is scattered around the house or in storage, send us what you can already find. You can always add to it later on.