Archives of related families

The Museum Plantin-Moretus also preserves the family and business archives of relatives of the Moretus family from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The museum preserves the archives of the following families: Schilders, Bosschaert-De Groot, De Labistraete, De Vlieghere-du Mont-Van Wijck and De Neuf and documents of the Goos, Lunden, Geelhand, Wellens, Wolschaten and Verdussen families.

Business archive of Henri François Schilders

One of these archives is the substantial business archive of a merchant called Henri François Schilders (1638-1680), who was an international wholesaler, financial trader and maritime insurer. In addition to the immense amount of business correspondence, with correspondents all around Europe, in Russia and even in Latin America, countless documents relating to contracts and accounts were found as well as documents that provide a very detailed introduction to the activities of an Antwerp trading company. The Schilders family archive also offers a fascinating insight into the colourful intimate and daily life of a wealthy Antwerp burgher and his family.

Consulting the database

Dorrit Van Camp compiled an inventory of the archive of Henri François Schilders entitled “Familie- en bedrijfsarchief van Henri François Schilders and Sibilla Bosschaert” (1657-1693), Inventory, Plantin-Moretus Archive, Schilders family archive, 2009.

You can consult it in the reading room or download the PDF file: The inventory of Henri François Schilders (in Dutch)

To date no inventory has been compiled of the archives of the rest of the family.

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