TCF on other websites
December 2015: DASA infograph published
The website of Sejarah Nusantara that is developed by The Corts Foundation and ANRI together to publish parts of the VOC archives contains thousands of scans, digitized archive series, databases that are fully searchable and connect to documents and scans, embedded book publications and scientific articles. Most sources are connected with eachother and can be browsed and filtered.
To show these relationships, the numbers of scans and records, an infograph was created by Marco Roling of The Corts Foundation. The full size infograph is clickable to immediately go to the specific pages of the website that was created in the DASA project.
November 2015: All diplomatic letters to Batavia online
The Corts Foundation, in collaboration with the Arsip Nasional Republic Indonesia and Leiden University, has finally published 8,568 diplomatic letters to and from Batavia Castle from the 17th and 18th century on the website of Sejarah Nusantara. These letters were found in the archive series of Daily Journals of Batavia Castle (inv.nr. 2495-2623), and an additional series 'Incoming and Outgoing Missives from Indigenous rulers' (inv.nr. 3567-3593). A database was created to provide access to an index to letters that were send to and from Batavia. Also all the letters were mapped geographically and visualized in charts and maps. Additionally scans were made to complete the archive inventory numbers that contain diplomatic letters.
For the first time we display a so far hidden collection of letters from mainly Indonesian sultans and radja’s. In fact, this is the biggest collection of archival materials originating from Indonesian rulers, only discovered in 2013 and a true historian's treasure.
October 2015: Dr. Niemeijer awarded at Indonesian University
Dr. Hendrik E. Niemeijer received a personal invitation from the Rector of Universitas Diponegoro, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, to attend the 58 Dies Natalis celebration on 15th October and receive a special Award for his contributions to the development of the Maritime & Global History curriculum at the Faculty of Humanities (FIB). After speeches by the Rector and the Minister of Home Affairs the tokens were distributed. Dr. Niemeijer would like to share this Award with all the colleagues in the Department of History and thank them for their warm support and hospitality.
On the photo Dr. Niemeijer stands next to other award winners, Bapak Sigit Pramono Ketua Perhimpunan Bank-bank Nasional (Perbanas, the Chairman of the Indonesian Banks Association) and the Dean of the Faculty of Law.
September 2015: Publication Senshi Sosho volume
The Corts Foundation has concluded her first Senshi Sosho project on September 21st with a publication in print and in Open Access by Leiden University Press of "The invasion of the Dutch East Indies".
This translation from the Japanese language covers the capture of the Dutch East Indies, resulting in the capitulation of the KNIL (the Royal Netherlands Indies Army) on Java. The translation is done by Dr. Willem Remmelink with a team of Japanese historians. On September 21st the first copy of the book was presented by the president of The Corts Foundation mr. Egbert Jacobs to the Dean of the Humanities Faculty of the University of Leiden Prof.dr. Wim van den Doel, in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador and other representatives from Japan, Indonesia and the Netherlands.
The Corts Foundation and the Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia proudly present a website, in both English and Indonesian language, that shows thousands of handwritten pages of the Dutch 17th and 18th century archives, inventories and searchable databases. This website focusses on a worldwide audience of people interested in the history of the Indonesian archipelago hidden as treasures in these old documents.
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The 'Christiaan Cornelis Corts Foundation' and the 'Philippus Corts Foundation' together are making up 'The Corts Foundations'.
The Corts Foundations are both Dutch non-profit organizations founded in 2003 with the legacy capital of Kees Corts, whose interest in the Indonesian history led to the support of many interesting projects.
Mission and Vision
The vision of The Corts Foundation is to make an important contribution to the preservation and dissemination of documentary heritage in the field of the History of World War II and Asian-European Relations so as to safeguard information on common and national history.
The foundation focusses on four areas of interest.
C.W. Corts MSc was born on 24 May 1920 into a Dutch family living in Sumatra, where his father practiced medicine. In 1939 Kees Corts returned to the Netherlands for his tertiary education with his parents and younger brother, Philip. World War II proved to be a tragedy for the family, as Philip was executed during the occupation of the Netherlands.
As stated the "Christiaan Cornelis Corts – foundation" and the "Philippus Corts foundation" together are making up "The Corts Foundation". The Christiaan Cornelis Corts – foundation is in control of the finances, while the "Philippus Corts- foundation" operates projects abroad under the registered name: "The Corts Foundation".
The foundations are non-profit organizations working for the general benefit. They were founded in 2003 in order to secure the legacy capital of Kees Corts, and to define its mission in the field of the history of the Second World War and the VOC archives in Indonesia.