Preparing “The Messenger” To Go Online: Digitally preserving Avedaper and other rare publications of an Istanbul missionary press (EAP1355)

Aims and objectives

This project will digitise a collection of publications printed by the Istanbul press of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) between 1857 and 1933. The works include Armenian and Armeno-Turkish editions of the newspaper Avedaper ("the Messenger") as well as Armenian, Armeno-Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Greek, and Greco-Turkish books and tracts. These publications (many in the endangered Western Armenian dialect) are vital records of Turkey's Armenian population in the late Ottoman era, especially the Protestant segment, mostly lost in WWI and about with few written traces remain. Besides preserving these crucial sources, digitisation will allow them to be made available via the Internet for study and research worldwide.