Since its founding in 1964, the American Research
Institute in Turkey (ARIT) has sought to promote American and Turkish
research related to Turkey in all fields of the humanities and social
sciences. ARIT sponsors a multi-faceted program of research fellowships
for American, Turkish and Central European scholars as well as Turkish
language study. ARIT fellows, Turkish scholars, and researchers from
other countries participate in the active series of lectures and
trips organized by the ARIT centers and contribute to the rich intellectual
and academic exchange that ARIT seeks to foster.
ARIT maintains separate facilities in Ankara and
Istanbul. The ARIT-Ankara library holds approximately 8,000 volumes
focused on archaeological studies, but also includes resources for
scholars working on modern Turkish studies. The library at ARIT-Istanbul
includes approximately 11,000 volumes and covers the Byzantine, Ottoman,
and modern Turkish periods. The recent gift of the library of Dr.
H. Kenneth Snipes has made the ARITIstanbul library a prime center
for research on the Byzantine period in Turkey.
Archives, libraries, and museums in Turkey provide
resources for research into many fields of study and geographical
areas. For example, the Ottoman archives offer documentation of the
Ottoman period in Eastern Europe, Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula,
as well as in Turkey. The remains of many successive phases of Anatolian
civilizations survive in Turkish museums and archaeological sites.
As a modern republic, Turkey offers opportunities for comparative
research in economics, politics, and anthropology.
Thirty-two United States and Canadian universities
and colleges compose the institutional membership of ARIT. The U.S.-based
ARIT office is located at the University of Pennsylvania.