In this collection, nine hundred two-dimensional objects offer an image of the history of Jews in the Netherlands around 1900. More than half are part of the collection purchased in 1998 from Jaap van Velzen. For this collector, an important motivation was removing the misperception that all Jews were rich. Many of the objects are about 'ordinary people'.
Magazine and book illustrations, portraits, graphics and drawings by Jewish artists or with a Jewish subject, cartoons, topographical images and historical documents make up an important part of the collection. Other items from daily life are also on display, like bookmarks, bookplates, shares, seals, advertising material, product packaging and sheet music.