Rast Müzikoloji Dergisi, vol.8, no.2, pp.2396-2411, 2020 (Scopus)
© 2020, Fikri Soysal. All rights reserved.Although Ottoman Archives consist of many important documents related to music dating back to different historical eras, only a limited number of studies about these documents have been carried out. Several reasons contributed to this. Firstly, the Ottoman archive has a very complicated catalogue system. Additionally, only a limited number of documents are presented with an abstract and a translation. Many documents are in closed cases without an abstract. Because of this, researchers have to know the catalogue system in order to find reliable sources in the Ottoman archive. After a long period of research on musical sources in the Ottoman archive, I have learnt which catalogue titles consist of documents related to music. In this article, I will provide information about different specific catalogue titles that consist of documents related to music. Additionally, I will discuss some characteristics of the catalogue system which are important for music history research.