User:Mr.Nostalgic uploaded the 325k photos on his own initiative, in his spare time, simply using 5 laptops and Pulover’s Macro Creator –on average uploading 2,000 photos a day over a period of five months.
Most photographs date from the period 1945-1989 –which is a difficult period to obtain photos from, because of copyright barriers. These photographs have all been released with a CC-zero license, as the National Archives of the Netherlands had obtained the copyright of the collection -and decided to open the collection up. Quality and resolution varies, but is OK in most cases (and in several cases just fantastic).
Though most photographs were taken in the Netherlands, these photos cover a broad range of interesting topics from all over the world: many photographs on sports & Olympic Games, a range of politicians (from George Bush via Margaret Thatcher to Robert Mugabe), cultural heritage (monuments, artists and Eurovision Song Contest) and even 24,500 photographs taken during the Dutch-Indonesian war, 1945-1949. Another interesting part of the collection are 5,000 photographs taken by Willem van de Poll in Israel, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan during the period 1948-1950.
Dutch-Indonesian war (Medan, 1948) Photo Dutch Army (DLC)
Ajax-Liverpool 5-1 (“Fog Match”, 1966) Photo by Jac. de Nijs
Dana (Eurovision Song Contest 1970) Photo by Eric Koch
A small part of the collection (ca. 3%) was already used in Commons, but usage rapidly increased during and after the new donation process. Total image usages of the Anefo collection is now 97,000, over 12,500 distinct images. Wikidata even uses 6,797 Anefo images from this collection.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn & Heinrich Böll (1974) Photo by Bert Verhoeff
Robert Mugabe (1979) Photo by Koen Suyk
Destroyed houses in Ein Karem (Jerusalem) 1948 Photo Willem van de Poll
Work to be done
Thanks to both Dutch Nationaal Archief (for making the images available under CC-zero) and to User:Mr.Nostalgic, for 5 months of work. So this is it? Everything under control? No, there is still a lot of work to be done re this upload. License is OK (all CC-zero). Descriptions are OK, but only in Dutch. And categories are -as always with mass uploads- not complete. The source is categorised (Dutch National Archives, Anefo), as is the photographer (if known). But the most important categorisations (persons, locations, events) still need to be done. 15,000 down, 310,000 to go!