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Abdullah frères
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Abdullah Frères Photographs Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 1.3 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of an open collection of photographs by the Istanbul photography firm of Abdullah frères.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of an open collection of photographs by Abdullah frères. Currently, there are two of Ephesus (Turkey) and 31 of Constantinople [Istanbul].

Collection Creator Biography:

Abdullah frères

The Ottoman Armenian brothers Vhichen (1820–1902), Hovsep (1830–1908) and Kevork Abdullah (1839–1918) operated a famed photographic studio in Istanbul from 1858 to 1900, when they sold the firm to Sébah and Joaillier. Known by their French name Abdullah frères (Abdullah brothers), they became official royal photographers to the Ottoman Sultan in 1863, and had the right to use the royal monogram. Between 1866 and 1895, they also had a branch studio in Cairo.

Collection History


Purchase from Krul Antiquarian Books and Bernard J. Shapero in 2005-2008 acquired with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund (AM2005-60, 2006-75, 2008-81) along with gift of Program of Hellenic Studies in 2004 (AM2005-3).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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:

Abdullah Frères Photographs Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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