Ali Saim Ülgen Archive, which was pre-classified by Architecture Foundation under the leadership of Ahmet Ersoy, was transferred to SALT Research in 2012 and exhibited under the name “Modern Turkey’s Discovery of the Ottoman Heritage: Ali Saim Ülgen Archive” in 2013. It is considered to be a treasure in terms of its potential, size, the value of the documents and the comprised hints of Ali Saim Ülgen’s life and personality, and Ottoman Heritage. The selection called “Ali Saim Ülgen Archive: Construction of a Cultural Memory and a Personal History” was aimed to offer a profile of the archive by showing documents of different types, sizes, and characteristics.
The selection offers a double reading of this great archive, which was filled with 50 years of Ali Saim Ülgen’s life. The first term is to value the archive as a large visual database, the second, and most important term, is to trace Ali Saim Ülgen’s life through the documents, as is in every personal archive.
The archive, comprising og photos, survey drafts and drawings, maps, brochures, correspondences, notes and other kinds of documents, allows different readings, researches and different perspectives, and also gives essential details of the Ottoman monuments.