The Svoboda Diaries Project

an activity of the University of Washington Ottoman Texts Archive Project (OTAP), is engaged in the web-based publication, in both web and print-on-demand formats (the "newbook formats"), of 45 Svoboda diaries and transcriptions of Svoboda diaries that have been digitized by the Digital Initiatives Program at the University of Washington Libraries.

Joseph Mathia Svoboda

Joseph Svoboda was born in Baghdad, Iraq to a prominent family of Central European descent. During the period of his employment with the Lynch Brothers' Tigris and Euphrates Steam Navigation Company he began, in 1862, to keep daily diaries and continued until his death in 1908.

The original versions of the Svoboda Diaries can be viewed here:

Svoboda Diaries

Alexander Svoboda

Our first publishing project has been the Alexander Svoboda Travel Journal. On the 15th of April, 1897, a 19 year-old European resident of Baghdad, named Alexander Richard Svoboda, set out on a long journey to Europe by caravan, boat and train. From a large and influential family of merchants, artists, and explorers settled in Ottoman Iraq since the end of the 18th century, Alexander traveled in the company of his parents and a departing British diplomat accompanied by his retinue. They followed a circuitous route through the Middle East to Cairo and thence to Europe on a three and a half month journey which Alexander described day-by-day in a journal written in the Iraqi Arabic of his time. The Ottoman Texts Archive Project (OTAP) at the University of Washington assisted Iraqi researcher, Ms. Nowf Allawi, in preparing this text, with an Arabic transcription and English translation in digital format, for the existing print-on-demand and electronic publications, which are available on this website.

The Makiya Archive

In the summer of 2015 the Svoboda Diaries Project was awarded a Libraries Acquisitions Grant through the Institute of Turkish Studies to digitize the personal papers of Magaret Makiya.

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  • Glossary of Names for Diaries 47-49 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- glossary of names for diaries 47-49.
  • Diary Series History and Notes 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- subjects and notes in diaries 47-49.
  • JMS.css 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- css formatting file for other diaries.
  • Diaries Metadata 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- diary metadata.
  • Diary Series Vocabulary 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- vocabulary in diaries 47, 48, and 49 and the frequency at which words appear.
  • Document Structures: Journeys, Marginal Material, Notes, Divisions, and Other Features 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- structure of the documents.
  • Provenance of the Diaries Published by the Project 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- provenance of the diaries.
  • The Language(s) of the Diaries 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- the language used in the diaries.
  • Joseph Mathia Svoboda Diaries Description 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- Description of the diaries series.
  • Joseph Mathia Svoboda Biography 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- biography of the author.
  • JMS Diaries Publication Plan 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- publication plan for the JMS Diaries.
  • Joseph Mathia Svoboda Diaries Series Introduction 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- project description for the JMS Diaries.
  • JMS Series Title Page 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River -- Title page for diary series.
  • Diary 48 August 1898-February 1899 (Summary) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-10-12)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from August 1898 to February 1899. jms_049_02_1899_040_sum.html
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (CSV) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_160_csv.csv
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (XLSX) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_110_arb.xlsx
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (TEX) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_050_tex.tex
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (XML) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_010_xml.xml
  • Diary 49 February 1899-October 1899 (CSV) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from February 1899 to October 1899. jms_049_02_1899_160_csv.csv
  • Diary 49 February 1899-October 1899 (Word List) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from February 1899 to October 1899. jms_049_02_1899_150_wla.txt

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