14EN GlossaryEN SejNusBanner_2015002_EN2 4 6 5

Wijzig taal

The Corts Foundation contributes to the publication costs of a limited number of relevant books related to the fields of study mentioned in the Mission and Vision paragraph. Applications for sponsorships can be addressed to the Secretary General of the Foundation.


Tjitske Eisenga-de Groot

Tjitske's dagboek (Tjitske's deiboek)

20 Leafdesdichten BV, 2014

176 pp. ISBN 978.90.5615.323.6


This book in Dutch is about a woman who carries on writing her husband's diary, after he has been captured and killed by the Germans in WWII.
Jan Eisenga has been taken as repercussion of the strike in May 1943 and missing ever since.

With a preface by Truus de Witte, who did research about missing persons in de war and who write a dissertation about the strikes of April and May 1943.


G.L. Balk, F.van Dijk, D.J. Kortlang, Dr. P. Koenders, Prof. dr. F.S. Gaastra, Dr. Hendrik E. Niemeijer

The archives of the Dutch East India Company VOC and the local institutions in Batavia Jakarta

Brill, Leiden, 2007

572 pp. ISBN 978-900-4163-65-2



The VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, the Dutch East India Company) was the largest of the early- modern European trading companies operating in Asia. The VOC records constitute the most complete and extensive source on early-modern world history anywhere and are included in UNESCO´s Memory of the World Register. The long-term co-operation between the National Archives of Indonesia and the Netherlands since 2001 has resulted in this extensive catalogue of the fifteen archival collections of VOC institutions which are kept in Jakarta. The catalogue includes introductions on the VOC in general, the local institutions in Batavia and the custodial history of the records in English, Indonesian and Dutch.



Roel T. Van Der Heide

Een vrije geest tot zwijgen gebracht

Bornmeer, 2013

216 pp. ISBN 978.90.5615.296.3


This is a biography of Jan Eisenga, who was executed by the Germans on May 5th 1943, as result of the strikes at the time. He was a radical socialist, a pacifist, an Frysian witer and poet. He resisted the occupation of his country openly and had to pay with his life. 


Chris F. van Fraassen, Pieter Jan Klapwijk (ed.)

Herinnering aan een reis naar Oost-Indië: reisverslag en aquarellen van Maurits Ver Huell, 1815-1819

Walburg Pers, 2008

736 pp. with cd- rom, ISBN 978-905-7305-68-9



Maurits Ver Huell (1787-1860) left for the East Indies in 1815, where he commanded the frigate Admiral Evertsen. He traveled extensively on Java, and joined missions to Makassar, Banda and to the sultans of Ternate and Tidore. Returning home in 1819 Ver Huell had to abandon his poorly maintained ship in the Indian Ocean, where it subsequently perished with all of his collected naturalia and a collection of drawings. But in 1835/1836 he published the memoirs of his journeys, and made over a hundred watercolors paintings about the Indies. In this new publication the editors describe the life and times of Ver Huell himself, the social changes in the period of 1780 - 1830, and the collection of watercolors paintings (now in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam) is reprinted.



Joan van Esveld

Verdwenen in het niets

Bornmeer uitgeverij, 2014

60 pp. ISBN 978.90.5615.334.2


Louise is in primary school and needs to write an essay about experiences of people during World War II. What does she know and who can she ask? Unexpectedly she gets help from her classmate Ben. Together they research a very special story. This story is based upon the tragic history of Frits Loep who became a victim of the oppressor during the April/May strike of 1943.
Illustrations were especially made for the book by Tom van Dun.

large 1790655572_historische_gids_amsterdam

Gerrit Vermeer, Ben Rebel, Vladimir Stissi 

Historische gids van Amsterdam. Stadsuitbreidingen 1860-1935

Bas Lubberhuizen, Amsterdam

704 pp. ISBN 9789059372290



Architectural historians Gerrit Vermeer and Ben Rebel have published several editions of the Historical guide of Amsterdam since 1992. These guides so far described the medieval city and extensions of the seventeenth century. From 2007 onwards the authors worked on the present guide, together with Vladimir Stissi, describing the city extensions from the period of 1860 to 1935. This covers the residential areas called South ('de Pijp', 'Vondelpark' and 'Plan Zuid'), West ('Oud-West', 'De Baarsjes', 'Westerpark'), East and North.



Ruud Paesie

Zeeuwse kaarten voor de VOC; Het kaartenmakersbedrijf van de kamer Zeeland in de 17de en 18de eeuw  

Walburg Pers  Zutphen, 2010  

104 pp. ISBN 978.90.5730.678.5



In the 17th and 18th century the mapmakers of the Dutch East India Company were responsible for making nautical maps and providing them to their sailors. Much has been written about the famous Amsterdam mapmakers Blaeu and de Graaff, which gives the impression that these maps were exclusively manufactured in the Dutch capital. But this is not correct by far, as, for example; the so-called chamber of Zeeland also had its own mapmakers. Over an extended period of time maritime historian Ruud Paesie conducted detailed research into these mapmakers and published his results in this book.



Joop J. de Jong

Evening shot, How the Netherlands withdrew from her Asian Imperium

(Dutch title: Avondschot, Hoe Nederland zich terugtrok uit zijn Aziatisch imperium)

Boom, 2011

786 pp. ISBN 978-94-6105-270-4


In 1949, after four years of conflict, the Netherlands granted Indonesia independence. The loss of the Netherlands Indies was perceived by the Dutch as a national trauma and was felt as a dictate ‘by the whole world’ to surrender sovereignty. The author describes in detail the extremely complex period in which competing parties (Indonesian Republicans, Dutch, and Americans) acted. He surprises the reader with remarkable conclusions on the basis of abundant new archive material. One of his findings is the proposition that the Netherlands was able to deliver itself from this ‘Indonesian swamp’ against the initial conceptions of the international community. De Jong’s views on the Dutch military are quite surprising. Although they failed in the short run, their actions proved to be instrumental to the successes in the final consultations.  


jvdullemen tropicalmodernity

Jan van Dullemen

Tropical Modernity. Life and Work of C.P. Wolff Schoemaker

Amsterdam, Sun, 2010

272 pp. ISBN 978-908-5068-79-2



The book gives an interesting overview and insight into the life and work of the Dutch architect Wolff Schoemaker (1882-1949), the Frank Lloyd Wright of Indonesia. The book offers a great introduction to projects such as Villa Isola [Bandung, 1933], Koloniale Bank [Surabaya, 1940] and Nederlandse Handelsmaatschappij [Batavia/Jakarta, 1922].

It provides a comprehensive introduction to a debate that has often been overlooked in the official architectural agenda and theories about modernism at the beginning of the 20th century.



Hendrik E. Niemeijer

Batavia, Een koloniale samenleving in de 17de eeuw

Balans, 2005

440 pp. ISBN 978-905-0187-23-7



This book gives an overview of the colonial society of Batavia in the seventeenth century. Hendrik Niemeijer spent several years in the National Archives of Indonesia (ANRI) doing research into the archives of the Dutch East India Company. The complex social structure of a multi-cultural society with different ethnics groups, cultures and religions has been captured well in this book. The author provides historical details on the formal institutions at Batavia and their workings, as well as a lively description of everyday life in Batavia. 



pboer lossjava2

Peter C. Boer

The Loss of Java, 18 February – 7 March 1942

Singapore, NUS Press, 2010

604 pp. ISBN 978-9971-69-513-2



The Loss of Java presents a detailed account of the air, sea and land battles between the Allied and Japanese armed forces during the battle for Java that followed the evacuation of southern Sumatra in February 1942. Little has been written about the allied air campaign, or about why Dutch forces fought just one major land battle with the Japanese, the Battle of the Tjiater Pass, in the later stages of the struggle. The Loss of Java shows that the strategy adopted by the Dutch grew out of a carefully-devised plan of defence, and that the battle of Java comprised not one (the Battle of the Java Sea) but four major engagements with the Japanese.

A review of the work can be found at http://stonebooks.com/archives/110508.shtml




Hendrik E. Niemeijer

Arsip Pengurus Gereja Protestan di HindiaBelanda / Indonesia (GPI) 1844-1950

Jakarta, Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia, 2010

232 pp. ISBN 978-979-3914-69-5



 The Protestant Church in the Dutch Indies (Indonesia) is the oldest church of its kind in Asia, going back for more than four hundred years. For a long time the Indonesian Christians considered it a bulwark of white paternalism. The Christians of Maluku, Minahassa and Timor aspired to obtain ecclesiastical independence. The central church authority in Batavia agreed in 1934 and 1935 with synod elections in Ambon and Tomohon. In 1947 and 1948 also the churches of Timor and Western Indonesia became independent. The Japanese occupation and the time of the Indonesian revolution meant a turning point in the history of Christianity in Indonesia.

This book is based on research into the archive of the church council, now present at the National Archives of Indonesia (Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia) in Jakarta. The book also distinguishes a selection of documents regarding the Protestant Church during the time of the Japanese occupation (1942-1945). These documents have been published digitally on www.sejarah-gpi.org.


gerrit-vermeer orgel-van-de-westerkerk-in-enkhuizen

Gert Eijkelboom, Gerrit Vermeer, Erik Winkel 

Het grote orgel van de Westerkerk in Enkhuizen

Stichting De Westerkerk, Enkhuizen, 2011

pp 108 ISBN/EAN 978-90-9026036-5



In 2011 a multi-year restoration project on the great organ of the Western Church of Enkhuizen was finished. This project was monitored by architecture historians, whose research of the origin and construction of this 16th century early renaissance organ (of 1549) was vital for the restoration. This book gives a detailed account of the history of the organ and its restoration.




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