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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Fevzi Çakmak Diaries
Manuscripts Division
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1 box, 7 items, and 0.4 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


The Fevzi Çakmak Diaries consists of diaries, a notebook, and a calendar of the Turkish military leader and government official Fevzi Çakmak.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of six diaries, a notebook, and a calendar that primarily document Çakmak's experiences and observances during his military career in Albania and the Balkans (1911-1921). Prominent in the diaries are entries about the Balkan Wars and World War I. Two small diaries cover the first several months of 1950 and include the final four entries made before Çakmak died.


The collection has been arranged by material type (diary, notebook, and calendar) and then chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Çakmak was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1876 to a family rich in the tradition of military service. Beginning in 1899, he actively participated in the military actions in the Balkans, which included the Balkan Wars, World War I, and the War of Independence. Later Çakmak developed a career as a government official, first as part of the Ottoman Government and later the Turkish Republic. He held various positions which include Chief of the General Staff, Minister of War, Minister of National Defense, and Head of the Council of Ministers. Çakmak died on April 10, 1950. 1

Information collected from Nilüfer Hatemi, "Unfolding a Life: Marshal Fevzi Çakmak's Diaries" (Ph.D diss., Princeton University, 2000).

Collection History


Gift of Prof. Ahmet Sefik Cakmak in 2002 (2003-32).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2002.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Fevzi Çakmak Diaries; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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