A Worldwide Information Source Turkish Archive
(January 31, 2003) The Archive of Turkish Oral
Narrative,ATON, has received worldwide attention with
its digitized collection. The Southwest Collection/Special
Collections Library has recorded over 18,000 document
requests from the site,
http://aton.ttu.edu/, in the first three
weeks of January. It has already been accessed by more
patrons in three weeks than the total number of visitors
to the archive premises in its forty year existence.
Of the three similar programs worldwideATONis the only
collection digitized and accessible on the web.
There are currently over fifty links to theATONwebsite
from various other sites around the world. Academic
and professional institutions with a link include:StanfordUniversity,SakaryaUniversityin
theTurkishRepublic, Monumenta Altaica inRussiaand the
American Anthropological Association. The British Library
which is considered one of the finest libraries in the
world, also has a link to theATONwebsite. There are
also over two dozen search engines and other various
sites that link to ATON. Uysal-Walker Archive of Turkish
Oral Narrative: http://aton.ttu.edu
Web Master's Perspective Chris Reynolds
The Uysal-Walker Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative has
its beginnings in field tapes recorded by Dr.
Ahmet Uysal, Dr. Warren Walker and Mrs. Barbara Walker
in the Turkish countryside. To my understanding,
the field tapes contain oral narratives and conversations
as relayed by the inhabitants of both rural and urban
areas of the TurkishRepublic. These field tapes
and recorded stories were later translated and typed
into the seventy three volumes. All are now accessible
on the ATONwebsite.
the summer of 2002, we began scanning the seventy three
volumes thus creating some 2,300 Adobe PDF files.
This represents one Adobe PDF file per published narrative.
Each page of each narrative has been protected by a watermark
declaring fair use by the copyright holder. The
scanning and watermarking process took approximately four
to five months with the scanned volumes going online in
late October. Since going online, the narratives
have been visited over 28,000 times to date by users from
56 countries, situated on five continents. A portion
of the narratives represent the body of work contributed
by Drs. Barbara and Warren Walker. The remainder number
of items have been provided as a courtesy of Dr. H. B.
Paksoy from his personal collections. Dr. Paksoy
collected these works over a twenty five year period in
several countries in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Dr. Paksoy's collections consist of photographs, field
tapes of conversations and narratives, music, rare and
unique books, and numerous articles and excerpts from
These works have been donated copyright free and are available
to the public for fair use for personal and scholarly
research. Currently, we are working to scan more items
from Dr. Paksoy's personal collection such as books and
other works. In the future, it is our hope to digitize
the original field tapes made by the Walkers and put them
online alongside the translated narratives. Both
short term and long term objectives have always focused
on expanding and digitizing the entire collection and
making it as accessible to the public as possible.
The digitization of this collection serves as a permanent
backup to the paper medium on which documents now reside
in the climate controlled archives of the Special Collections
Library at TexasTechUniversity.
Please visit http://aton.ttu.edu
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