Collection Guide


Title: Josephine Powell Slide Collection

Abstract: This collection documents the study of Anatolian textiles and ethnography that occupied Josephine Powell from the mid-1970s to the time of her death in 2007. The collection contains some 35.000 of her photographs (color slides, color and b/w photographs, contact sheets and negatives) together with fieldnotes, research notes, lectures, articles and correspondence, several photo essays executed at the beginning of her career and audiovisual fragments, as well as personal correspondence, records, snapshots and belongings.

Creator / Collector: Josephine Powell, 1919-2017

Repository / Institution: Suna Kıraç Library, Special Collections and Archives

Language: Turkish and English

Acquisition Information: The Josephine Powell Collection was acquired with donation in 2006.

Access and Usage Rights


Open for use for researchers except personal files

Digital access

Only slides in the collections (nearly 35.000) are digitized and accessible through Suna Kıraç Library Digital Collections website.

Physical Access

Other materials in the collection can be viewed in Suna Kıraç Library Special Collections and Archives Room


Materials in this collection generally fall under the copyright of Koç University. These materials are publicly available for personal, educational use. Please contact the University Archives staff for permission for other uses at

Preferred Attribution

[Title of the item], [Identification of item]. Josephine Powell Slide Collection, Koç University Suna Kıraç Library, Special Collections and Archives. [Reference URL for digitized copies]


Scope and Contents of Collection

The contents of the collection:

1- Photographic Archive (over 40.000 photographs as slides, color and b/w negatives and prints). Of these, some 35.000 relate to Powell’s work with Anatolian textiles and ethnography; others include some early photo essays, personal snapshots and pictures used in exhibitions.

2- Notes from some 29 field trips that Powell made to Anatolia, where she visited villages and followed nomad groups. These notes relate to the photographic record she made there (Section 1, above) and in the digitized version the notes are interspersed with images, which the notes comment on and explain.

3- Professional Documents: Correspondence, Photo Orders and Invoices, Donations, Projects, Research Notes, Exhibitions and Photo-Essays, Talks and Articles, Information Cards of Pictures, DOBAG files, Clippings, Offprints

4- Audiovisual fragments (over 50 tapes which are recordings from different parts of the world)


Records are organized parallel to the original order and provenance principles of the collector. 

Descriptions of the slide boxes are accessible through the library’s catalog. 

Process Notes


Scanned from a 35mm slide using a Nikon 9000ED in TIFF format and resized to 1024×768 ppi.