History of The Diplomatic Archives

The Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, contains documents of our departments and missions as well as documents of other institutions addressed to the MFA since 1919. Our archives host around 65 million pages of documents dated between 1919-2000.

The Diplomatic Archives were preserved in the former building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kızılay, before and after the Ministry moved to its current premises in Balgat in 1987.

In 2000, a Protocol was signed with the Directorate of State Archives. MFA experts were employed at the Archive Department that was formed, as the archives were moved to the premises of the State Archives in Yeni Mahalle.

The Archives, hosted by the State Archives between 2001-2013, were moved to the current Archive building of the Ministry in Çiğdem district in 2012 in a process spanning over 5 months. With the exception of present-day archives of our departments at home and most missions abroad, the MFA archives are hosted in this new premises. The archives of our missions abroad are being gradually transferred to Ankara. In fact, thanks to the official written correspondence of our missions abroad with the MFA on a regular basis, our archives at the MFA are deemed complete.

The Archives of our Ministry has been included, along other institutions, in the scope of the Presidential Decree nr. 11, dated 16 July 2018, within the context of the Presidential system of Government. In line with the new regulations prepared by the State Archives, our diplomatic archives will be linked to the “Document Search System” for Researchers and “State Archives Network” that is aiming to connect the archives of all governmental bodies through a centralized system.