Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1A: Ottoman Empire, 1708-1757

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains correspondence concerning trade with the Ottoman Empire. The series includes letters to members of the Radcliffe family written in the first half of the 18th century by various relatives, friends, and business associates. A substantial number of letters are addressed to Sir Ralph Radcliffe, 1703-38, and to Messrs. Edward and Arthur Radcliffe, 1737-57. Includes 27 letters from Galata (near Istanbul) and 11 from Aleppo (modern Syria). Topics concern imports and exports, trading conditions, and European affairs. References are made to the Ottoman Empire and Russia. Mercantile firms mentioned in Galata include Polhill, Barker and Morse, and B. & G. Barker. This subseries is organized by geographic location and then by date.


Arranged by geographic location, then chronologically.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Teresa T. Basler in 2002. Finding aid written by Teresa T. Basler in 2002.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Subseries 1A: Ottoman Empire; Radcliffe Family Papers, C0926, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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