The General Directorate of the Albanian State Archives has signed a collaboration agreement with the State Archive Directorate in Istanbul, from where documents about the Ottoman period arrived about 350.000.
The director of the Albanian state archive, Ardit Bido, said that the documents in question are very important because they shed light on the unknown history of Ottoman rule in Albania. According to the director, further documents from that period that all historians and scholars will be able to find in the state archive will soon arrive from Istanbul.
"Three years of effort, but we did it. The general management of the state archives is pleased to inform all Albanians about the greatest enrichment of the central state archive with documents on our national collective history, in a single donation.
More than 350.000 documents dating from the fifteenth century to the first quarter of the twentieth century concerning Albania and the Albanians were taken from the central archive of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul in digital format, thanks to the collaboration agreement between the general directorates of the two files.
This total represents about half of all the documents that the Istanbul archive has on Albania and on the Albanians while the remaining part is expected to arrive very soon.
Most of these date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, witnessing the development of the Albanians and Albania in the Ottoman Empire; the reforms, the Albanian revolts and the Ottoman measures to suppress them, religious and didactic questions, where the topic of writing of the Albanian language is also addressed. The oldest document dates back to the 8 February 1455.
[...] This wealth represents the multi-year effort of the Albanian state archive. Previously, 2015 documents had arrived during the 5000. Today 350.000 documents have been taken and as many will be received by the end of the year. In this way, the central Albanian state archive preserves not only the entire history of Albania and the Albanians after independence, but also of the Ottoman period, except for the original documents."- reads the post published by the director of the Albanian state archive.