The ‘Polygoon-newsreels’ is the collective term for two types of Dutch newsreel shows, the first of which is the ‘Neerlands Nieuws’ (Dutch news) and the second ‘Polygoon Wereldnieuws’ (global news). The ‘Polygoon-newsreel’ came about in 1921, following foreign newsreels like that of Pathé in France. The firm Polygoon-Profilti produces these newsreels specifically for cinema audiences, reporting items on request. As of January 1924, the first newsreel was projected in cinemas—initially once every two weeks, and from the thirties onwards weekly. 

The collection displays an extensive range of ‘Polygoon-newsreels’ from the seventies and eighties; a significant share of which was made in 1980. Over forty newsreels cover topics like mechanical tea picking in Georgia (United States), the Paralympics, and floods in India, but also ‘Fierljeppen’ in Friesland (the Netherlands), horse races in the summer, a steam bicycle show, and a class for dry skiing.

As the ‘Polygoon-newsreel’ belongs to Netherland’s cultural heritage, this collection lends itself quite suitably for research within that context. 

This collection of films used to belong to the ‘Stichting Vrienden van het Filmarchief van Nijmegen’ (the film archive at the University of Nijmegen) and as such was part of the donation by Tjitte de Vries and Ati Mul.