American Research Institute in Turkey





The ARIT center in Istanbul occupies an attractive four-story house in Arnavutköy, one of the best-preserved villages on the Bosphorus.  Arnavutköy is rich in old wooden houses, shops and restaurants, all within a ten-minute walk.  The ARIT center, built in the 1920’s, is just one door in from the road along the Bosphorus, and less than five minutes’ walk from bus and ferry stations.  ARIT in Istanbul has hostel facilities with single and double bedrooms, kitchen facilities and dining area.  The center has conference rooms and study areas associated with the library.  Scholars affiliated with ARIT can make use of computer facilities there to access personal e-mail accounts and web services.

The library at ARIT-Istanbul has approximately 14,000 volumes and journals, and covers the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish periods.  The gift of the library of  Dr. H. Kenneth Snipes greatly enhanced the ARIT Istanbul library holdings for the Byzantine era.  The library continues to develop the collection for Byzantine studies. A catalogue of the holdings of the Istanbul center library is now accessible via internet at the Digital Library for International Research (DLIR) server.

AMERICAN BOARD OF MISSIONS LIBRARY: The holdings of the American Board of Missions Library, rich in 19th and early 20th century material on the American missions in Anatolia, the Balkans, and the Middle East, are now housed at the Institute and also can be accessed through DLIR. A special collection of pamphlets and the periodicals is now accessible in full text online at the ARIT Istanbul Digital Library. For information on the collection and its use, please contact the Institute director, Tony Greenwood, at gwood at,  or ARIT Istanbul Librarian, Brian Johnson at bdjohnson62 at

AMERICAN BOARD OF MISSIONS ARCHIVE: During the summer 2013, ARIT Istanbul Library will begin a new project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities to catalog and conserve the archives of the American Board of Missions that was headquartered in Istanbul until recent times. The archive is the gift of the American Board, given to the ARIT to preserve and make available to scholars in the United States and Turkey, and around the world.  American missionaries began their work in the region in the 1830's. The missions extended from the Balkans, across Turkey to the easternmost provinces and south to northern Syria. This large collection is rich in historical and eyewitness accounts from the far-flung mission stations and includes a collection of rare photographs of the 19th century mission activities. A first sample of archival material, consisting of the personnel file cards of American Board missionaries, is accessible through the Istanbul Digital Library.

Also through the DLIR, come several rare Turkish journals via the Middle East Research Journals project. Access to directory information on a range of research resources in Turkey is available through DLIR's Local Archives and Libraries of Overseas Research Centers project.

ARIT is engaged in a project to develop Istanbul Library facilities and resources with the support of an NEH Endowment Challenge Grant. Please consider a special gift to support this plan.
American Board Library projects have the support of the U.S. Embassy and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Special thanks are due to the Global Ministries, donor of the American Board of Missions library and archive collections.


Library and Office Contact Information:

Dr. Antony Greenwood, Director
Üvez Sokak 5
34345 Istanbul

Telephone: (90-212) 257-8111
Fax:  (90-212) 257-8369

E-mail ARIT Istanbul Director: [gwood at]
E-mail for Director's assistant: [aritist2 at]

Telephone for hostel guests: (90-212) 265-3622