Marja Swüste followed a library assistant’s programme at the P.A. Tiele Academy in The Hague and specialised as a documentalist at the Frederik Muller Academy in Amsterdam. After this, she worked for about ten years as a library assistant at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a research assistant at Huygens ING since 1989 where the projects she has worked on include: Bronnen voor de geschiedenis der dagvaarten van de Staten en steden van Holland voor 1544. Currently, she is working on the project: Repertorium van ambtsdragers en ambtenaren, II middeleeuwen.