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MarginaliaInfoGraph20160521Last week TCF and ANRI published the full index of marginalia online of the Dagregisters of Batavia. Marginalia are the short text summaries that are written in the margin of the page and they act as an index to the full texts written on these pages.

Publication online in a searchable database means that an impressive number of 117,390 entries to the scans of 85,150 folio pages are available for historic research. The period of 1659 - 1807 is covered.

An infographic displays the relationship between publications, scans and marginalia entries. Discover yourself the true stories based on primary sources.



PanjiTalesOn April 28th Wardiman Djojonegoro, former minister of Education of Indonesia, visited dhr Kurt De Belder MA MLIS, director of UB Leiden and dhr Roger Tol of KITLV concerning the project: “Panji tales manuscripts”.

This visit was made possible by mediation of The Corts Foundation. Perpustakaan Nasional Republik Indonesia (PNRI), the National Library of Indonesia, is researching at the moment, together with several institutions in countries in Asia, the University Library of Leiden and The Corts Foundation the possibility of an application of the “Panji tales manuscripts” to the World Memory Register of UNESCO.

DASA infograph 20151221 partThe 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

diplletterexampleThe 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 ( 2495-2623), and an additional series 'Incoming and Outgoing Missives from Indigenous rulers' ( 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. 

All diplomatic letters can be accessed here:
> [browse] > [search] > [rulers] > [locations] > [visualizations]

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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