Collection Guide


The stereoscopic glass slides in the collection contain photographs of archaeological sites taken by scholars visiting western Anatolia between about 1895 and 1910. The collection consists of albumin images on glass, with each image having both negative and positive. Purchased from a private collector in Paris in 2008, the collection sheds light on the history, architecture, and lifestyle of the period concerned.


Curation: Private Collector (Ahmet Abut)

Period: 1895-1910

Format: Each glass slide is 44 x 107 mm and within 31 boxes, each box contains 25 slides.The dimensions of some slides are 9 x 60 mm and in three original cardboard boxes.

Language: French

Access and Usage

Digital Access

The original glass was scanned from the slides and digitized and they are available online since 2018.

Physical Access

The original glass slides can be examined at AKMED Library by making an appointment.


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Preferred Citation

[Title of the item], AKMED Stereoscopic Glass Slides Collection, STRDIA 1, Koç University AKMED Library.


Administrative/Biographic History

It was purchased in 2008 from a private collector in Paris. Metadata were arranged in accordance with the standards and transferred to ContenDM in its current jpeg form in 2018.

Note on Scope and Context

It contains photographs of archaeological sites taken Savans who visited Western Anatolia about 1895 to 1910. The images mostly belong to the cities of Aizonai, Heraclia, Sardes, Aphrodisias, Troia, Pergamon, Izmir and Bursa, which are important cities of Ionia, Caria and Phrygia regions in ancient times.

Processing Notes

The collection was digitized by scanning at 300 dpi in jpeg format with slide scanner in 2014. The digitized images were uploaded to CONTENTdm because its current digital form meets the need.