American Research Institute in Turkey





Dr. Antony Greenwood, ARIT Istanbul's long-time director, is retiring as of June 30, after a career of hosting research fellows and visiting scholars, developing the library and lecture series, administering fellowships, engaging with local colleagues and friends, and managing ARIT’s facilities and legal status in Turkey.  In recent years Tony developed the Istanbul Digital Library and American Board Archives project, and assisted with the founding of the multi-national Feriköy Protestant Cemetery Initiative.  We thank Dr. Greenwood for his service and care and wish him well in his future endeavors.

ARIT has appointed a new director for Istanbul. Ms. Zeynep Simavi comes to ARIT from the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institution, where she worked in public and scholarly engagement programs. Her areas of specialization include Ottoman art, contemporary art, especially of Iran and Turkey, museum studies, media and cultural studies, and the formation of Islamic art in the U.S., which is the subject of her dissertation at Istanbul Technical University.  Please join us in welcoming Ms. Simavi.


The ARIT Istanbul office and library is located in the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) in Beyoğlu. The address is İstiklal Caddesi No. 181, 34433 Beyoğlu, İstanbul. ARIT will no longer provide hostel facilities.

The main ARIT-Istanbul library, at ANAMED, contains 10,500 monograph titles, 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 will continue to develop its  collections, especially for Byzantine studies. An updated catalogue of the holdings of the Istanbul center library is accessible via internet at the ARIT Istanbul Library webpage.

The ARIT library is open to patrons the same hours as the ANAMED Library:
  Monday: 09:00 - 18:00
  Tuesday-Friday: 09:00 - 21:00
  Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
The ARIT office is in the library, and will be open workday afternoons:
  Monday-Friday:  12:30 - 17:30


A separate annex houses the library of the American Board of Missions and the office of the Friends of ARIT. The annex is located just two minutes from our main office at ANAMED, at Kallavi Sokak 30, Ece Han, Kat 6, 34430 Beyoğlu.

The ARIT annex is open Tuesday - Friday: 09:30 - 17:30

AMERICAN BOARD OF MISSIONS ARCHIVES: American missionaries began their work in this region in the 1830's. The missions extended from the Balkans, across Turkey to the easternmost provinces and south to northern Syria. The Archives of American Board of Missions, containing historical and eyewitness accounts from the far-flung mission stations, were entrusted to ARIT in 2010 to preserve and make available to scholars in the United States and Turkey, and around the world. ARIT entered into an agreement with the SALT Research Center in 2011 to digitize and put up on the Web this large and immensely rich collection. The archives are currently in storage at SALT and being catalogued, and are not physically accessible. However, 18% of the archives have now been put on line in full text, and can be accessed through the ARIT-Istanbul Digital Library at DLIR, or through the host site at SALT Research. The project is ongoing and new material is put up at regular intervals.

American Board Library projects have the support of the U.S. Embassy, the Alice Delmas Krieble Foundation, 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.

The ARIT Istanbul Library is supported in part by a fund developed with the help of an Endowment Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)


Library and Office Contact Information:

Ms. Zeynep Simavi, Director   (zeynepsimavi at

Gülden Güneri, Director’s Assistant (aritist2 at
İstiklal Caddesi No. 181
34433 İstanbul

Telephone: (90-212) 393-6072

ARIT Annex

Brian Johnson, Librarian (bdjohnson62 at
Tülin Kenber, FARIT assistant (aritevents at or tulin.kenber at
Kallavi Sokak 30, Ece Han Kat 6
Beyoğlu 34430

Telephone: 90 (212) 257-8111