Amsab - Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis

  • Amsab - Institute of Social History
  • Amsab-ISH


Bagattenstraat 174


32 9 224 00 79


32 9 233 67 11


Amsab-ISH is an officially recognized Flemish cultural heritage institution engaged in archiving documents and other items of progressive social movements and persons. It was founded in 1980 by Herman Balthazar and Wouter Steenhaut. Both of them were employed at the Department of Modern History at the University of Ghent at that time.

Amsab-Institute of Social History became an officially recognized Flemish cultural institution in 1985.

For more information about the history of the institution, please consult its website.

Archival and Other Holdings

We preserve and collect records from the 19th century onwards. Materials are related to the history of socialist organizations, radical left-wing organizations, new social movements and groups involved in action for peace, women, the Third World, a different globalization, gay and lesbian rights, migrant rights, etc. Amsab-ISH has also become the archive of the green movement.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

All Amsab-ISH collections appear in the online catalogue, which is available for consultation on the Internet. Finding aids are also regularly published.

Opening Times

Monday: 10:00 - 17:00 Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 - 17:00


  • AMSAB website consulted on 07/11/2014

    Pierre-Alain Tallier (dir.), Gertjan Desmet & Pascale Falek-Alhadeff, Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van de Joden en het Jodendom in België, 19de-21ste eeuw, Brussel, ARA-AGR/Avant-Propos, 2016, 1328 p.