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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1215

Watermark tracings from the Topkapi Palace Museum Archives

More than 1700 tracings of watermarks of 15th-19th-century documents and manuscripts held by the Topkapi Palace Museum Archives.

Dates

  • circa 1950-2000

Creator

Language of Materials

In Turkish.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Extent

3 linear feet (6 boxes)

This collection consists of more than 1700 tracings of watermarks of 15th-19th-century documents and manuscripts held by the Topkapi Palace Museum Archives, hand-copied onto tracing paper with India ink and mounted on card stock. Some documents originated from European sources, some from local sources. Each tracing is annotated with notes indicating the source document or manuscript in the Topkapı Archives and the date, when available.

Biographical / Historical

Nigâr Anafarta (1918-2001) was archivist, art historian, and the longtime director of the Topkapı Palace Museum Archives where she worked from 1960 until her death; she made and assembled this collection.

Physical Location

Currently undergoing conservation, then to be transferred to the Harvard Depository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018MH-18. Purchased from Ün Sahaf with funds from the Aga Khan Endowment Fund at Harvard University, 2018.
Title
Anafarta, Nigâr, compiler. Watermark tracings from the Topkapi Palace Museum Archives, circa 1950-2000 (MS Typ 1215).
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Date
2018 June 6
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
hou02952

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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