Use the form in the toolbar above to search the Royal Library newspaper archive.
You can save your current query for additional analysis and later reference in this panel. Give it a proper title and (optionally) a description.

This is the metadata view. If you start your search, this view will show metadata graphs on article types, distributions, pillars and newspapers.

Article types




This is the word cloud view. Clicking on an article or clicking on the cloud button next to a saved query will yield a word cloud.
This is the timeline view. Click on the timeline button next to a saved query to create a timeline graph.
By clicking on the bars, you can then show a word cloud and heat map for the selected period.
You query includes advertisements. As you may be aware, not all advertisements have been split correctly into individual items, so the counts displayed may be off.
This is the article view. After searching, select an article to display its text and its image. Clicking on the image will redirect you to the full newspaper page in Delpher.

Welcome to Texcavator!

Texcavator allows you to use full-text search on the newspaper archive of the Dutch Royal Library. On top of that, it allows for visualizations like word clouds, time lines and heat maps. It also provides services to enhance your search experience like filtering, stopword removal, normalization and stemming. Please read our documentation to check all available options.

Regrettably, we had to close the guest account at the request of the Royal Library for copyright reasons on 14-12-2016. The Translantis project lead recently decided that researcher accounts should be applied for at the Royal Library. Please contact the Royal Library by letter if you wish to obtain an account.

Current version: 1.2.2

Useful links and documentation

Colloborating institutes

Texcavator: A Short History

Texcavator originated from the earlier text mining applications WAHSP and BiLand. During the Translantis project, the application was renamed to Texcavator and further developed by the UvA (Fons Laan). In May 2014, development was taken over by the Netherlands eScience Center (Janneke van der Zwaan). From April 2015 onwards, Texcavator was developed at the Digital Humanities lab of Utrecht University (Julian Gonggrijp and Martijn van der Klis).

Texcavator is licensed under the Apache license. The source code can be found on GitHub.