Anatolian Cultural Heritage Center in Istanbul
The Anatolian Cultural Heritage Center will promote
Turkey's cultural heritage encouraging both the public
and researchers to participate in activities and to utilize
its resources. Three archives, donated by Pertev
Boratav, Ilhan Basgoz, and Josephine Powell, form the
core of the Center.
The collection contains a large library, over 45,000
photographs, field notes, audio and video tapes,
household goods, textiles, and tools collected in Anatolia
between 1927 and 1994. These three unique archives
make an important contribution to the study of village
and nomadic life.
Textiles and ethnographic objects will be on permanent
display and will include hands-on exhibits.
Photographs, field notes and related literature will be
available on computers. Events and exhibits, both
entertaining and educational, will create a lively and
Donated funds will be used to conserve and mount
textiles, curate the collections, catalogue field notes and
photographs, secure a building, employ a small staff, and
run the Center.
The center will be administered by the History
Foundation with the collaboration of Josephine Powell
and numerous qualified scholars.
Josephine Powell, born in 1919, is an American free-lance photographer
who has lived in Istanbul since 1974. Between
1952 and 1974, she traveled from Northern
Africa to Afghanistan photographing art, archaeological
and ethnographic subjects. Her photographs have been
published in more than two hundred books and are in
numerous collections, including those at the British
Museum and the Fogg Museum at Harvard University.
Pertev Naili Boratav, born in 1907 in Bulgaria,
established the Folklore Department at Ankara
University. He worked for forty years at the Centre
National de Recherche Scientifique in France. Boratav
wrote fourteen books on contemporary folk writing,
Turkish folktales, poems, songs, shadow puppetry
(Karagoz), Nasreddin Hoca stories, epics and
methodology. The History Foundation has already
catalogued and digitalised the Boratave archive under a
Ilhan Basgoz, born in 1923 in Sivas, is a leading Turkish
folklorist. He began his research in 1943, with a trip
to Kars with his
professor, Pertev Boratav. In 1960, he began
teaching Folklore at Indiana University. Today
he is a retired professor and an active scholar.
The History Foundation
The Economic and Social History Foundation of Turkey
is a non-governmental organization that promotes
research on the economic, social and cultural heritage
of Turkey. Established in 1991 by 264 prominent
intellectuals, the foundation has grown to become one
of the largest non-governmental organization s in Turkey.
The Foundation relies on private and public funding
dedicated to specific projects, from within Turkey and
abroad. Past sources include the Rockefeller
Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Is Bank,
other Turkish banks, and the Turkish Ministry of
Culture. The Foundation is tax-exempt in Turkey and is
audited by Pricewaterhouse Coopers.