Ottoman Archives

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The Ottoman Archives are a collection of historical sources related to the Ottoman Empire and a total of 39 nations whose territories one time or the other were part of this Empire, including 19 nations in the Middle East, 11 in the EU and Balkans, three in the Caucasus, two in Central Asia, Cyprus, as well as Israel and the Republic of Turkey.

The main collection, in the Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivleri (Office of the Prime Minister Ottoman Archives) in Istanbul, holds the central State Archives (Devlet arşivleri).

The Ottoman Archives not only contain information about the Ottoman dynasty and the Ottoman state, but also about each nation that holds part of these resources. Though touted as being open to all researchers, scholars have complained about being prevented access to view documents due to the nature of their research topic.[1][2][3] However, plenty of Armenian Genocide researchers including the British-Armenian Ara Sarafian, as well as Taner Akcam (known for his support of the Armenian Genocide) have used the Ottoman archives in Istanbul extensively when citing research for their books though they have made claims that obstacles were put during their access. [4][5]



  1. ^ Sarafian, Ara. "The Ottoman Archives Debate and the Armenian Genocide," Armenian Forum 2 (Spring 1999): pp. 35-44.
  2. ^ Gingeras, Ryan (2009). Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1912-1923. New York: Oxford University Press. p. vii.
  3. ^ Theriault, Henry C. (2003). "Denial and Free Speech: The Case of the Armenian Genocide," in Looking Backward, Moving Forward: Confronting the Armenian Genocide, ed. Richard G. Hovannisian. New Brunswick, NJ: Transactions Publishers, p. 256, note 30.
  4. ^ Taner Akcam, The Young Turks Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity)
  5. ^ Sarafian, Ara (Spring 1999). "The Ottoman Archives Debate and the Armenian Genocide". Armenian Forum 2 (1): 34–44. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

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