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The 'Philippus Corts Stichting', working abroad as 'The Corts Foundation', aims to contribute to the preservation of the Dutch past in Eastern and South-East Asia. To accomplish this goal, the foundation works on two projects at the moment: “sustainable digital preservation of VOC-archives in Jakarta” and “translation of Japanese sources about the war in the former Dutch East Indies”.


The unique preservation project on VOC archives concerns the early modern history of Indonesia. The period that the “Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie” was active in the region. In these unique archives, part of the “Unesco Memory of the World Register”, and estimated in total to about ten million pages, we find a treasure of information about the people, the land and culture, but also the maritime trade and shipping in South-East Asia. The ambition of the Foundation is to digitize and publish as much as possible parts of these VOC archives that are selected by historians, within our financial and technical abilities. We have been in successful with this since 2009.

A number of archival series have been scanned and published online, like the Daily Journals of Batavia, Diplomatic Letters, Letters from local rulers, Resolutions of Batavia. We started scanning the archive series ‘Appendices to the Resolutions’ in 2015 and will finish this in 2016. We will have more than 880.000 scans of VOC-documents. A copy of all made (and to be made) scans of the VOC-archives (in JPG format) will be stored in the study room of the National Archives in Den Haag. In this way we contribute to the long term digital preservation and dissemination of world heritage archives and promotion of research of the history of Indonesia and the VOC. A second project concerns the translation to English of the official Japanese records of the war in East- and South-east Asia, and in the Pacific. After the publication in September 2015 of the Senshi Sosho volume 3 called “The Invasion of the Dutch East Indies” we now work on the second and last volume that is expected to be published in December 2017, called “The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal”. The Karel Doorman commemoration year 2017 will be concluded with this publication.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization for the general benefit. The Foundation started in 2003 to secure the legacy of Kees Corts and to realize his initiatives regarding scientific research of the second world war and preservation of the VOC archives in Jakarta.

The Foundation is registered in the Netherlands as so called “Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (ANBI)” according to article 633 of the Dutch fiscal tax legislation van de Nederlandse belastingwetgeving van 2001. In Japan The Corts Foundation works according to the national legislation that applies to a 'Non Profit Organisatie' (N.P.O). In Indonesia The Corts Foundation is recognized as a 'Non-Governmental Organization' (NGO).


Members of the Board

of The Corts Foundation

Mr. Egbert Jacobs

former Ambassador

Joan C. Snellen van Vollenhoven

Secretary General, 

Management Consultant

Joop Baars Msc


Mr. K. Van Duijn

Member of the board,
Notary, LMM

Dr. Petra M.H. Groen

Member of the board,

Dr. Alicia Schrikker

Member of the board,

Nico A.M. Vriend MA

Member of the board,

Historian, Archivist


Dr. Willem G.J. Remmelink

Final editor Senshi Sosho

Marco D.P. Roling BSc BA

Information Analyst and ICT Advisor

Risma Manurung Mba

Archivist and project administration


Academic advisory committee Senshi Sosho


Dr. Anita M.C. van Dissel

Dr. Petra M.H. Groen

Vice-admiral rtd Matthieu J.M. Borsboom

Lt. gen. rtd. G. Jan Folmer



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


In particular:
Christiaan G. van Anrooij Fonds
 Engelbert van Bevervoorde-Van Heyst Fonds



In particular:
Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation







Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia





National Institute for Military History 








Audited for reliable management and expenditure




The Corts Foundation regards the preliminary  recommendations by the SBF as applicable,  described in the code version 3.0

by 24 Dec. 2013