Conservation and management of the Anne Frank Collection

Building a collection

The Anne Frank House acquires original items with a link to the history of Anne Frank. Otto Frank was instrumental in the formation of our collection.

Building the Anne Frank Collection

After the war, Otto Frank was set on acquiring original documents and objects from Anne and the other people in hiding. He transferred the items to the Anne Frank House. Over the years, the collection has been extended with purchases, gifts, and loans.

Procurement policy

In our procurement policy, we distinguish between collections A and B. Collection A consists of original objects connected to the Frank family, the other people in hiding, and the helpers, as well as objects that are tied to the building at Prinsengracht 263 or Otto Frank’s companies.
These original items form part of our national heritage. The Anne Frank House acquires collection-A pieces, which are managed and opened up in conformity with general museum standards.
Collection B contains, among other things, audio and video recordings of eyewitness accounts regarding the Frank family history, the first editions of the diaries in other languages, posters and programmes from major performances of the play, and correspondence with eyewitnesses.
We also acquire artistic expressions. This ‘Resonance collection’ consists of objects that were inspired by Anne Frank.

Recent acquisitions

Over the last few years, the Anne Frank House has been able to add various interesting pieces to its collection.

The Schildkraut Collection

In 2012, the Schildkraut Collection was acquired. It was part of the estate of Joseph Schildkraut, the actor. He corresponded with Otto Frank to prepare for his role as Otto in the first American stage adaption of Anne’s diary. Later on, he played the same role in the film The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by George Stevens (1959).
Joseph Schildkraut and Otto Frank exchanged letters until Otto’s death and their correspondence has been preserved. The Anne Frank House managed to acquire this collection thanks to a contribution from the BankGiro Loterij.

Autograph book of one of Anne Frank’s classmates

In 2017, the collection was enriched with the poesiealbum or autograph book of one of Anne Frank’s classmates at the Montessorischool. It contains a short verse written by Anne. She was 11 years old when she wrote it.
Anne picked a verse with a joke, in which the sentences have been mixed up. She embellished it with two pictures, a passport photo of herself, and the words: “Do not forget me.”
We acquired the book with the financial support of the BankGiro Loterij and the Mondriaan Fund.

Opekta materials

Quite regularly, private persons approach us with Opekta materials from the days when Otto’s company was situated on the Prinsengracht. Its advertisement brochures, recipe booklets, and labels form a fine addition to our collection.

Contribute objects yourself

We are always looking to add original items to our collection that have a direct link to:
•    the Frank family
•    the Secret Annex - the hiding place at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam
•    the other people in hiding: Hermann, Auguste, and Peter van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer
•    the helpers: Jan and Miep Gies, Bep Voskuijl, Victor Kugler, and Johannes Kleiman
•    the companies Opekta and Pectacon
Do you own any related materials? Please contact us, and we will decide whether they meet our procurement requirements. Please do not take materials to the museum without prior appointment.

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