The Linschoten Society was founded in 1908 by a group of scholars, professionals and enthousiasts of Dutch maritime history. Named after Jan Huygen van Linschoten, a Dutchman who provided the merchant companies from Holland and Zealand at the end of the 16th century with the necessary information to reach the East Indies, the Society's main objective is to advance knowledge on travel and navigation history through the editing and publication of contemporary travel accounts.

Every year, the Society publishes a new edition in the series of Werken van de Linschoten-Vereeniging. Currently, the collections counts 116 volumes of the Werken, and three volumes of the register to the Werken: Tresoor der Zee- en Landreizen.