From the turn of the 20th century, Princeton has been actively collecting Persian manuscripts and Iranian publications resulting in a vast and renowned collection. The collection contains, among other materials, one of the largest Persian manuscript collections in the US, and the single most comprehensive collection of Shiite law outside Iran. After WWII, the pace of collecting increased, creating much deeper holdings of contemporary Iranian imprints, including a vast body of journals dating from a decade and a half before the Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1907 up to the present. A key subset of Princeton's Persian collections consists of a core of 442 periodical titles published from the 19th century up to 1979, and amounting to approximately 500,000 pages in a range of print sizes and formats. This particular set of periodicals to be digitized under the current proposal was assembled as a distinct collection by Husayn Kay Ustuvan Tihrani (d.1969-70), himself an author and newspaper editor (most notably of the influential "Ruznamah-i Muzaffar"). Kay Ustavan was among the founding members of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis), and served as a diplomat representing Iran in China. He had assembled this personal collection of important, well-regarded Persian magazines, primarily of political and popular content, from his own and earlier eras. The collection covers the culturally and politically important late 19th century (the latter days of Iran's Qajar Period) up to the Pahlavi period -- a span including what is sometimes referred to as the "Constitutional Period" of Iran's political history. Rudolf Mach (Princeton's Curator of Near East Collections from the 1950s through the 1970s) purchased this collection from Khalil Mostofi (owner of Kitabforushi Mostofi), who acted as Kay Ustavan's family's representative after his death.
The Trustees of Princeton University
Dr. David Magier
Princeton University Library
1854 - 1979
The great majority of these periodicals were published in Iran (in Isfahan, Mashhad, Qazvin, Rasht, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran and Yazd). Others are Persian periodicals published by and for Iranian eÌmigreÌ communities in Azerbaijan (Baku), Egypt (Cairo), England (London), India (Bombay, Calcutta), Iraq (Baghdad) and Turkey (Istanbul).