Hendrik Muller Project

 

Hendrik Muller (1859-1941)Hendrik Pieter Nicolaas Muller (1859-1941) was a member of the 19th-century Rotterdam merchant family of that name. From an early age he was involved with Africa, as a merchant, diplomat and ethnographer. He led the ‘Oost-Afrikaansche Compagnie’ (East African Company) which traded with Mozambique and Liberia, became consul for Liberia in the Netherlands, and later consul-general for the Orange Free State during the Second Anglo-Boer War. He travelled extensively through Africa, Asia and America, and published several books on these travels. Later in his life he was appointed the Netherlands Ambassador, first to Romania and later to Czechoslovakia. In his will he stipulated the foundation of a Fund (‘Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fonds’) to support cultural academic research.

 

Hendrik Pieter Nicolaas Muller (1859-1941) was lid van de bekende 19de-eeuwse koopmans­familie van die naam. Reeds op jonge leeftijd was hij betrokken bij Afrika, zowel als koopman, diplomaat en etnograaf. Hij leidde de ‘Oost-Afrikaansche Compagnie’ die handel dreef in Mozambique en Liberia, werd consul voor Liberia in Nederland en later consul-generaal voor de Oranje Vrijstaat tijdens de Tweede Boerenoorlog. Hij reisde langdurig door Afrika, Azië en Amerika en publiceerde diverse boeken over zijn reizen. Op latere leeftijd werd hij benoemd tot Nederlandse ambassadeur eerst in Roemenië en daarna in Tsjecho-Slowakije. In zijn testament bepaalde Muller de oprichting van een fonds, het ‘Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fonds’, ter ondersteuning van cultureel-wetenschappelijk onderzoek.

 

 

Most of the files and documents on this page are in Dutch

De meeste bestanden en documenten op deze pagina zijn in het Nederlands

 

Documents and Files

Hendrik Muller als etnograaf en vroege Nederlandse Afrikanist

      Article in Dutch on Hendrik Muller as ethnographer and early Dutch Africanist (pdf-file).

Verzameling Dr. H.P.N. Muller in Nationaal Archief van Zuid-Afrika te Bloemfontein

      Article in Dutch and Afrikaans on the collection of papers left by H.P.N. Muller and kept in the National Archives of South Africa at Bloemfontein.

      Also available as pdf-file.

Photo Collection ‘Images of the Gold Coast (West Africa), 1870-1890’ / Fotocollectie ‘Beelden van de Goudkust (West-Afrika), 1870-1890

Database and presentation of Photo Collection ‘Images of the Gold Coast (West Africa), 1870-1890’, with photo’s of people and places in Elmina and Cape Coast, from the collections of the Photo Bureau of the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, originally collected by Hendrik Muller during his trip to West Africa in April-June 1890. Text in English and Dutch.

Genealogie Muller in Nederland’s Patriciaat 1930

      Genealogy of the Muller family, as published in 1930, in Dutch (pdf-file; big file: 450kB; read-only).

Lemma H.P.N. Muller in Biografisch Woordenboek der Nederlanden dl. 5

      Biographical article on H.P.N. Muller by G.J. Schutte in Dutch (link)

 

Links

Dr. Hendrik Muller Prijs voor de Gedrags- en Maatschappijwetenschappen

Information on this prestigious Academic Award for Social and Behavioural Sciences, named after Dr. Hendrik Muller, awarded since 1991 (in Dutch).

Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds – beursinformatie voor studenten

      Information on scholarships and subsidies for students available from the Dr. Hendrik Muller Fund (in Dutch).

National Archives of South Africa (NASA)

      Website giving a wealth of information on the holdings of the archives, with a powerful search engine (in English).

 

 

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Last changed: Tuesday, 05 March 2002