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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Miscellaneous Ottoman Turkish Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1
Turkish, Ottoman


Consists of selected official and legal documents from the period of the late Ottoman Turkish Empire.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected official and legal documents in Ottoman Turkish, Greek, and Arabic, such as dowry agreements, property transactions, deeds for land, contracts, receipts, court orders for payments, and promissory notes, accounts, and notes of money borrowed. Some of the documents are marked with a Tuğra, or the Turkish royal cipher, and others refer to the Greek island of Kos. One document, dated August 25, 1926, and addressed to the court of his Royal Highness Fu'ad I King of Egypt, is a court order for an individual to pay another a certain sum of money; otherwise the court will seize that person's possessions. Some of the documents are enirely handwritten, and some are printed but with the names, dates, and the details of the cases added in manuscript`.

Collection History


The material was purchased in January, 1999 .

AM 1999-60


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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.

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:

Miscellaneous Ottoman Turkish Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1