Collection and the Project

This is a dijital archive of periodicals that belong to the Hakkı Tarık Us Collection, currently kept at the Beyazıt State Library in Istanbul. The Hakkı Tarık Us Collection, consisting of valuable books, journals, newspapers, yearbooks, almanacs, and salname’s, is being repaired, classified, registered and digitized since 2003. Digitizing Ottoman period periodicals, as well as preparing a catalogue of all of the periodicals, was jointly carried out by the Beyazıt State Library and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies between 2003 and 2007, and between 2009 and 2010.

As is well known, the Hakkı Tarık Us Collection is one of the best private collections of books and periodicals. After Mr. Hakkı Tarık Us (1889-1956) passed away, an independent library was founded within Sibyan Mektebi of the Beyazıt comlex to keep the collection, which was managed by a newly founded vakıf. For many years, this library was visited by numerous researchers and readers. Yet, in order to ease its administration, in 2003, it was decided that the library should be transferred to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and, consequently, began to be kept in the Beyazıt State Library. During its preservation at this library, the Center for Documentation and Area-Transcultural Studies of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies proposed a joint project with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, for the preservation and utilization of the Hakkı Tarık Us Collection. With the signing ceremony on August 25, 2003, the “Project for Preservation and Digitization of Periodicals in the Hakkı Tarık Us Collection” was started. After an interruption between 2007 and 2009, the project was continued within the framework of the “Research and Educational Project of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies” at the same university, before being completed as a whole in March 2010.

Project Staff

Süheyla Şentürk, vice-president, Beyazıt State Library, Istanbul
Masami Arai, prof., Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Kayoko Hayashi, prof., Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Abdurrahman M. Hacıismailoğlu
Muhammed Hızarcı
Selahattin Öztürk