Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Open Access Archives: Digital Persian Archive - Asnad.org

Digital Persian Archive - Asnad.org

"Image Database of Persian Historical Documents from Iran and Central Asia up to the 20th Century -A Research Project of the Iranian Studies Division at the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

"The Project aims at facilitating access to the growing number of available Persian historical deeds and documents, both published and unpublished. It shall allow work on archival material with the help of incorporated facsimiles without recourse to the original - often remote - place of publication or storage.

The Database includes "public" and "private" documents: royal decrees and orders, official correspondence, and shari'a court documents, such as contracts of sale and lease, vaqf deeds, marriage contracts, and court orders. It also serves as a bibliographic reference tool, being a continually updated repertoire of published historical documents."

Recent additions to the database:
0853/1449 Farman by Jahanshah Qara Quyunlu
0994/1585 Farman by Muhammad Khudabandah
1163/1749 Letter from Mustafa Khan to the Ottomans 3 of 3
1162/1748 Letter from Mustafa Khan to the Ottomans 2 of 3
1060/1650 Petition by the Armenian patriarch to Shah 'Abbas II
0630/1233 Farman concerning a village in the Ardabil region
1186/1772 Mubaya'ah of the Bagh-i Mirza Zahid in Tabriz
1156/1743 Contract of sale over land in Abivard
1351/1932 Contract of rent from Kashan
1356/1937 Marriage Contract from Kashan

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