The Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC)’s mission is to collect and preserve the life stories of expatriates worldwide for future research. Their work is aimed at curating unique source material documenting the experiences of expatriates of all nationalities and backgrounds, in order to establish a centre of excellence for expatriation research, and to give expatriates’ life stories their rightful place in global migration history.
In other words, the EAC exists to facilitate quality research that promotes and enhances a better understanding of expatriate life. It is located in The Netherlands, but its outreach is global. They hold more than 130 family archives from 14 nationalities in 120 countries.
The idea for an archive dedicated to preserving the life stories of expatriates grew from two books published in the 1990s. A group of wives of employees of Royal Dutch Shell collected material for these two anthologies from Shell families all over the world. The original material was stored but not forgotten: in 2003 the Outpost Family Archive was opened in The Hague to continue the work that had been started by the Shell Ladies Project. The archive became independent from Shell in 2008 and renamed the Expatriate Archive Centre.