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GlossariumCoverReading and interpreting texts from the 17th and 18th century can be challenging because of the use of words and spelling that differs from modern Dutch. A glossary can help scholars to interpret specific words and understand their language origine. The Dutch VOC records at the National Archives of Indonesia (ANRI) contain countless numbers of words that originates from Dutch but also from south east asian regions and other areas.

Mona Lohanda (senior archivist at ANRI) made a first selection of terms from the VOC archives, especially from the marginalia of the Daily Journals. These terms have been described and translated in Dutch, Indonesian and English. The etymology of these terms (the origin of them from a language point of view) has been researched by Dr. Tom Hoogervorst of KITLV Leiden and these are added to the glossary. This makes the glossary truly unique.

This glossary has been realized in the DASA project that TCF and ANRI has conducted together over the last years. all results can be found on the website of and available for download, but also on this page (see below).

The following persons have greatly contributed to realize this glossary:

  • Dr. Mona Lohanda, senior archivaris ANRI
  • Dr. Tom Hoogervorst, Aziatisch taalkundige KITLV Leiden
  • Dhr. Marco Roling, informatie ontwerper TCF
  • Mevr. Nurhayu Santoso, indonesische vertaalster

Download here >> Glossarium VOC Indonesie V20180206


corpusdipl exampleThe Corpus Diplomaticum Neerlando-Indicum comprises six volumes, published already between 1907 and 1955 by Mr J.E. Heeres and Dr F.W. Stapel at the Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV) as a ‘Bijdrage tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde van Nederlandsch-Indië’. These volumes contain the most imortant collection of political contracts and treaties (more than 1200) concluded by the Dutch in Asia and permits granted to them. It is a rich historical source, but until now only available in print and non-searchable.

The Corts Foundation decided to scan these volumes, partly OCR them and create indexes on the contracts, and names and places in these volumes. The first volume has now been digitized (196 contracts) and published online on the website of Sejarah Nusantara in Indonesia. 
The publication of Volume 1 can be found at:

This first volume was published by:

- Fanada Sholihah (History Department Diponegoro University)
- Marco Roling (The Corts Foundation)
- Jelle Gerbrandy (Software Engineer)

(video by: Fanada Sholihah and Aji Kurniawan AP, 2017)

Also on the same website the already existing database of the Marginalia (117.390 entries) is extended with indexes on person names and place names. The existing database of the Appendices to the General Resolutions (1213 entries) is extended with a few volumes and also indexes on person and place names. 
These two publications can be found at:

LUstudenten 6jun2017On June 6th 2017 four History students of Leiden University started checking and enhancing two digital datasets for access to the Dutch East India Company Archives of the National Archives of Indonesia. The work includes the recording of indexes of person and place names present in the so called Marginalia of the Daily Journals of the Castle of Batavia, and also document descriptions of the series Appendices to the Resolution Books.

The students are supported and guided by Alicia Schrikker and Lennert Bes, both teachers at Leiden University, and Marco Roling and Joan Snellen of The Corts Foundation. The students have the opportunity to get more acquainted with the archives of the Dutch East India Company and her large variety of documents, and also it is a good excercise in reading and interpreting 17th and 18th century texts. Later this year both these indexes will be published online on the website Sejarah-Nusantara.

Left to right: Lydia van Wijk, Hanna te Velde, Fenna Ytsma en Doreen van den Boogaart (Photo by Marco Roling)

HBPenning TCF 30mei2017The Dutch association "De Haagsche Besoygne" has awarded The Corts Foundation for her invaluable efforts and merit for the digital sustainable preservation of Dutch East India Company archives in Jakarta and in particular the digitization of about one million documents at the National Archives of Indonesia.

The secretary of The Corts Foundation, mr. Joan Snellen van Vollenhoven, has received a honor medal on May 30th 2017 at "'t Goude Hooft" in The Hague, on behalf of the board and all participants of the DASA project.



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 





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by 24 Dec. 2013