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 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.
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, Philippus. World War II proved to be a disastrous tragedy for the family, as Philippus was executed.
Mission and Vision
The vision of both Corts Foundations 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 Foundations focus on four areas of interest.
As stated the "Christiaan Cornelis Corts – foundation" and the "Philippus Corts foundation" together form the "Corts foundations". 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.