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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Tarih Vakfi - The History Foundation Istanbul

The History Foundation is a non-governmental organization working in the public interest with the objective of developing and extending history consciousness in Turkey. It aims at enriching and lending a new content to the way in which people regard history and at encouraging the conservation of the historical heritage with a deep-rooted sensitivity and active participation of wide sections of the population.

The Economic and Social History Foundation of Turkey is an organization based on the joint initiative of a group of intellectuals of various backgrounds and professions, most of them being historians and social scientists. It was founded by 264 prominent intellectuals in September 1991 followinga call by the Foundation Initiative Committee formed in late 1990.

The History Foundation differs from the great majority of foundations in Turkey in the manner of its establishment and structure. It is a non-governmental organization completely independent of the state and is not backed by any political party, wealthy family or business group. Its initial capital was made of small contributions by its founders. Today, in addition to the revenues from various projects and publications, the History Foundation continues to depend on the generous support of its founders and members.

The History Foundation provides library, archival and bibliographical services through its Information-Documentation Centre (IDC) open daily from 10:00 - 17:00, which specializes in the field of history of the economic and social structure of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. The centre located at Eminönü, Istanbul, was sponsored by the Municipality of Greater Istanbul, IBM-Turkey; Yapi Merkezi and Zeytinoglu Holding at the initial stages, and by EGSBank in 1999.

The Centre houses one of the richest archives on economic and social history and the daily life of the alte period of the Ottoman Republic as well as the Turkish Republic. Having over 25,000 books and more than 1,300 periodicals, it is open to researchers every weekday. Its holdings also include 20,000 slides, photographs, maps and posters, 1,200 documentary films and video tapes, 130 audio tapes, 700 audio cassettes, hundreds of iconographic materials and 140 shelf-meters of files of documents. Among this archive, the largest book collections have been donated by Necmeddin Sahir Silan, Faik Resit Unat, Sami Nabi Özerdim, Orhan Tuna, Marmara Belediyeler ve Bogazlar Birligi, Ilhami Soysal, Ertugrul Kayihan-Vecdi Seyhun, Arslan Kaynardag, Volkan Ünal, Samet Agaoglu, Ayse Erzan, Hulusi Dosdogru, Talat Halman, Fatma Rezzan Hürmen, Saban Yildiz and Bedi Yazici.

Postal adress:
Tarih Vakfi - History Foundation
Barbaros Bulvari Yildiz Sarayi Arabacilar Dairesi
34349 Besiktas - Istanbul/Turkey
Phone : +90 212 227 37 33 - 227 37 34
Fax : +90 212 227 37 32
E-mail :

Zindankapı Değirmen Sokak No:15
Eminönü - İstanbul/ Turkey
Phone: + 90 (0) 212 513 52 35
Faks: + 90 (0) 212 513 21 77

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