Historic Ottoman Documents to Be Restored by Turkish Agency

On the 7th of February, 2014, protestors set fire to the presidency office in the Bosnian capital city of Sarejevo. Many historic documents stolen, while others were damaged by the fire.

Soon after the fire, Turkey’s Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) got hold of Shaban Zahirovic, the head of the Bosnian State Archives offering assistance. They were informed that as much as 60% of the documents were damaged or otherwise looted.

TIKA has taken on the responsibility to restore the Ottoman documents, and will work with Turkish experts to restore as much of the archives as possible.

It is said that “most of the Ottoman files remain intact, but much of the Austrian-Hungary period files were lost.”

Read more about the project, and check out pictures at http://www.worldbulletin.net/haber/128844/turkey-to-help-recover-lost-bosnian-archive-files.

A New “Ottoman Archive Center” to Be Built in Istanbul

The Ottoman archives, which is currently in four different locations, will be housed in one place at the “Ottoman Archive Center” in Kagithane district of Istanbul, opening publicly in 2012, according to the Directorate General of State Archives on Tuesday (November 3, 2009).

The new Ottoman Archive Center, designed to guard against floods, earthquakes, chemical and biological attacks, will house approximately 100 million documents as well as 370,000 note-books. The center will include an administrative building, a research hall for 350 scholars, research institute, library, museum, a special unit for digital archives, social facilities and a congress hall for 2,500 people.

From turkishny.com.