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The Corts Foundation funds projects to preserve photo collections, digitize old book and archive collections, and compile electronic databases of old bibliographic surveys, glossaries, subject and personal indexes, and old secondary search aids.

The Corts Foundation is also developing long-term projects, running five to ten years, with its partners in the field of preservation imaging, microfilming and development of secondary search aids online. By doing so, The Corts Foundation raises further funds from individuals, governments and businesses to develop sustainable and stable projects.

An overview of past activities
Funding the archival guide The Archives of the Dutch East India Company and the Local Institutions in Batavia (Jakarta), Brill Publ., Leiden, 2007.

Participating in a Conference ‘Archives as Collective Memory of the Nations’ on Bali, 3-4 September 2007, organized by the National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia (ANRI).

Project ‘Renumbering 17th and 18th century Dutch -archives’ in ANRI, re-packing and renumbering these collections (11,000 objects), October 2008 – March 2009, in co-operation with the Nationaal Archief Nederland, The Hague.

Inventory of the archive of the Protestant Church in Indonesia, 2008–2010 with a special selection of documents pertaining to the Japanese Occupation and the independence of regional church organizations, 1942-1950, in co-operation with the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Programme Cultural Heritage WW II).

Preparations for a Programme for ‘Preservation Imaging’ and ‘Public Access’ of 17th and 18th century Dutch archives in collaboration with ANRI.


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This project, funded and coordinated by The Corts Foundation, aims to translate into English a few volumes of the official Japanese publications of the war history series known as ‘Senshi Sōsho’.

The Senshi Sōsho project focuses specifically on the volumes which are relevant to the study of the Japanese attack on and the subsequent occupation of the former Dutch East-Indies in the period of 1941 to 1945. The focus of TCF is not to translate texts about the general operations of Japanese forces, but only to describe the operations in the former Netherlands East Indies which were not translated before. These volumes deals with the Japanese campaign in the Netherlands East Indies in all its aspects (Army, Navy and their air forces).


Digital Archive System at ANRI (DASA) was the name of the multi-year project (2011 - 2018) that The Corts Foundation and the Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (ANRI) conducted together in close collaboration, in order to digitally preserve and provide access to a selection of the Dutch East India Company records of the 17th and 18th century.

These records were formed during the time that the Dutch East India Company was a strong ruler in the region, with headquarters at Batavia. A large number of documents is made accessible at the website of Sejarah Nusantara at sejarah-nusantara.anri.go.id . The Corts Foundation and ANRI hope to serve scholars, as well as the general public, with detailed information of the early modern history of the archipelago.



The Corts Foundation

is a Dutch non profit organization that uses the legacy of Kees Corts to perform history and archive projects concerning the former Dutch Indies, especially the period of the Dutch East India company, and end of the colonial period during World War II.





Jakarta, Indonesia
Bangkok, Thailand


also the foundation::
Christiaan G. van Anrooij Fonds









Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia





National Institute for Military History 






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by 24 Dec. 2013