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Ottoman Imperial and Provincial Salnames1

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2016

Justin McCarthy
Department of History University of Louisville, Kentucky
J. Dennis Hyde
Van Pelt Library University of Pennsylvania


In 1263 AH (1846–1847 AD) the Ottoman imperial government began to publish statistical and descriptive yearbooks of the Ottoman state: devlet salnames (Salname-yi Devlet-i Aliye-yi Osmaniye). Later the Ottoman provinces published their own, more detailed salnames. Salnames are often the only non-archival source for aspects of 19th and early 20th-century Ottoman history, yet they are only recently being extensively used by scholars. This article briefly describes two types of salnames and presents a union list of salnames, in the hope of increasing their accessibility and use.

Research Article
Copyright © Middle East Studies Association of North America 1979

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2 This article does not consider the salnames published by various Ottoman ministries. Most prominent of these are the Askeri Salnameleri (Army Yearbooks) and the Bahriye Salnameleri (Navy Yearbooks).

3 The most often-used list of salnames is the nearly complete list given by Sertoğlu, Midhat in his Resimli Osmanli-Tarihi Ansiklopedisi (Istanbul: İIstanbul Matbaasi, 1958), pp. 280283Google Scholar. The authors have made extensive use of Sertoğlu’s list.

4 Some of the salnames listed here do not appear in the Sertoğlu list, while some volumes listed by Sertoğlu were not found in any of the Library holdings examined. The latter have been excluded from the union list.