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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


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.

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