It is likely that any book ever written about Amsterdam can be found in the archives. This is in addition to magazines and newspapers, some of which are 350 years old. There are more than 700,000 photos and a few thousand listings. It is the largest municipal archive in the world, and its exhibits are spread over shelves with a total length of 49 km.
The archive belongs to the government of Amsterdam. It also follows the way in which the various departments in the administrative structure of Amsterdam manages their archives and promise to preserve documents of importance to the history of the city.