The Ottoman Archives (officially known as Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Directorate of State Archives Ottoman Archives - BOA) is the major state repository of the Ottoman Empire’s. The archive contains documents are relating to the administration of the empire. The Ottoman archives are assumed to have created since the beginning of the establishment of the Ottoman state. The organization of the documents in modern archiving sense first started in 1846 with the establishment of Hazine-i Evrak [Treasury of Dcuments]. The building was established by the renowned architect Gaspare Fossatti between 1846-48 on the grounds of Bâb-ı Âli [grand vezir’s offices] in Gülhane.
In 2013 the Ottoman Archives were transferred from the historical building in Bâb-ı Âli in Gülhane to its new Ottoman Archives Complex building in Kağıthane district of Istanbul. On July 9, 2018, the General Directorate of State Archives was closed with the Decree Law No. 703. On July 16 2018, Devlet Arşivleri Başkanlığı [Directorate of State Archives] was established with the Presidential Decree number 11. Click here to find out more about the Directorate of State Archives.
The archive is a major source for the researchers focusing on Ottoman history. The Ottoman Archives’ collections contains millions of documents on various topics concerning the Ottoman state such as;
Working Hours: Monday-Friday: 09.00-18.00 / Saturday: 09.00-17.00
Phone: +90 (212) 314 9000
Address: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaşkanlığı Devlet Arşivleri Başkanlığı, Osmanlı Arşivi Külliyesi, İmrahor Cad. Sadabad Mevkii Kağıthane/İSTANBUL
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