Archive of Talât Sait Halman, the First Minister of Culture in ŞEHİR
10/18/2019
İstanbul Şehir University added the archive of Talât Sait Halman into its library, who was the first Minister of Culture in Turkey and one of the greatest contributor for Turkish literature.
The archive of Talât Sait Halman, who was poet, writer, translator, academics, diplomat and politician, and one of the greatest contributor for Turkish literature, translating the works of Yunus Emre into English and the works of Shakespeare into Turkish, is now in the library of İstanbul Şehir University. İstanbul Şehir University plans to digitalize the archive and offer the researchers for their use like other valuable pieces in the collection of the university. The archive has his written works containing 80 books and thousands of essays, his correspondences, more than 200 awards, and personal belongings.

İstanbul Şehir University’s library already has various archives of very important researchers, scientists, artists and institutions like Taha Toros, Mehmet Fuat Köprülü, Şerif Mardin, Kemal Karpat, Cüneyd Orhon, Zeynep Orhon Targaç, Osman Öndeş and Tekel, and continues to extend its library by another important archive. Now you can find the archive of Talat Sait Halman, who was poet, writer, translator, academics, diplomat and politician, and one of the greatest contributor for Turkish literature, translating the works of Yunus Emre into English and the works of Shakespeare into Turkish, in the Library of İstanbul Şehir University.

The archive contains the works, the awards, the personal belongings and the library of Halman
The collection contains his 80 books, thousands of articles published in the newspapers of Milliyet, Akşam and Cumhuriyet, book criticisms, poems and lecture notes while it has a large library of more than ten thousands books and magazines.​

The collection also has the correspondences of Halman with the important authors, poets, artists and politicians of Turkey, his awards which he got as UNESCO Turkey’s representative and the Minister of Culture and, the award of "Knight Grand Cross" by Queen II. Elizabeth. In addition, there are his personal belongings such as his special table, typewriter, cufflinks, and ties.




Dr. Jayne Warner will explain the details of the archive
Dr. Jayne Warner, who worked with Talât Sait Halman for 40 years, will give detailed information about the archive in the conference of “Talât Sait Halman Archive”, held at 11.00 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, in İstanbul Şehir University. The archive is still being organized.



The archive will be digitalized and offered to the researchers’ use.
İstanbul Şehir University will digitalize the archive and offer the researchers for their use like other valuable pieces in the collection of the university. The documents of more than 200 thousands pages digitalized by the support of the İstanbul Şehir University and İstanbul Development Agency (İSTKA) have been viewed 4,738,658 times by the researchers from Turkey and the world.

Who is Talât Sait Halman?
Talât Sait Halman, born in 1931 in Fenerbahçe, İstanbul, passed away in 2014 in Ankara. After graduating from the elementary school in Moda, he went to Robert College. Then, he studied in Columbia University and moved to New York. He gave lectures in the universities of Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania and New York. He retired as the Head of the Near East Languages and Literature Department in the New York University. While living in USA, he worked as UNESCO Board Member, USA PEN Association Board Member and Journal of Turkish Literature Editor in Chief. After the retirement, he returned to Turkey and he established the Department and Center of Turkish Literature in İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University in Ankara. At that period, Halman worked as the first Minister of Culture in Turkey, the first ambassador responsible of Cultural Affairs in Turkish Republic and the Head of UNICEF Turkey’s National Committee.​​​