Collection Guide


Abstract: The Ankara Orchard House Collection is composed of ethnographic items that reflect the “orchard house” tradition, which refers to Ankara’s 18th and early 20th-century city culture.

Institution:Suna Kırac Library, VEKAM Digital Collections

Oluşturan(lar): The collection was composed of the Semahat-Nusret Arsel (NSA) Collection by Sadberk Hanım Museum experts.

Period: 18th and 20th centuries.

Format: JPEG

Languages: Russian, Persian, English, French, Ottoman, Greek

Access and Usage

Digital Access

The collection items are digitalized when their conservation processes are completed, and they are opened to access online.

Physical Access:

The materials in the VEKAM Ankara Orchard House Collection are exhibited and stored in Ankara Orchard House. Researchers are not allowed to access the original materials; however some of the items are exhibited in the orchard house.

Copyrights & Use

Koc University VEKAM owns the copyrights of the materials in the collection. These materials are only available for educational purposes. For other uses, please get in contact with VEKAM Library and Archive unit via e-mail addresses.

Preferred Reference

[Title of the material], [Inventory number]. Ankara Orchard House Collection, Koc Univerity VEKAM Library, and Archive. [URL reference for digitalized materials]


Administrative/Biographic History

The curation process of the collection began in 2007 by Sadberk Hanım Museum before Ankara Orchard House was opened. Between 2007 and 2016, current Project and Activities Expert Arzu Beril Kırcı was responsible for the collection and inventory. Between 03.05.2017-02.06.2017 Conservator Ceyda Cüceloğlu and Art Historian Feyza Akder made preliminary research on the inventory for further development of the inventory. According to the results of mentioned research  Prof. Dr. Ömür Bakırker studied on glass materials (METU Architectural History); Prof. Dr. Zeren Tanıdı (Uludağ University) studied on calligraphic materials; Prof. Dr. Nurşen Fındık Özkul (Hacı Bayram Veli University) studied on ceramic materials; Doc. Dr. Muharrem Çeken (Ankara University) studied on metals, Doc. Dr. Hatice Tozun (Hacı Bayram Veli University) studied on textiles; Zafer Gülbahar (The Directorate of General Foundations) studied on carpets and rugs; Ceyda Cüceloğlu (VEKAM) studied on wooden materials. These studies were completed on 1 Ağustos 2019. Studies on the inventory are still being held by VEKAM.

Note on Scope and Context

The Ankara Orchard House Collection is composed of ethnographic artifacts that reflect Ankara’s   “orchard house” tradition with references to the social life of the city in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th-centuries. The collection is composed of metal, textile, wooden, ceramic, carpet/rug and glass materials.


Registrations are organized according to VEKAM Library and Archive Unit’s original order and provenance norms.

The collection has 863 objects. 407 of these are kept in storage, and 456 of them are exhibited. 401 objects are present digitally within the archive management system.

Processing Notes


200 of the materials were re-digitilazed in 2014 within LoCloud Project. Equipment used in the project were:


  • Nikon d 800
  • Nikon d 700


  • Nikon 55 mm f/2.8 micro
  • Nikon 24-120 mm f/4
  • Nikon 105 mm f/2.8 micro
  • Zeiss 35 mm f/2.0
  • Nikon 20 mm f/2.8
  • Mamia 80 mm f/4.0 macro zoom

Other Equipments

  • Manfrotto 055 pro-b tripod
  • Nikon speedlightlar (Sb-600, Sb-800, Sb-900) flashlights
  • Various reflectors, softboxes, and light apparatus
  • Color scale
  • 75 mt, colorama white background paper

With the studies began in 2017 textile materials and carpets/rugs were professionally photographed by the research team.
The objects are available in JPEG format (401 items) via CONTENTdm Content Management System.