IRCICA’s archive contains historically important documentary and artistic collections.
» The archive of historical photographs contains more than 77.000 photographs and other visual material arranged in 91 albums. Among them, Yıldız Photograph Albums dating from the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II contain 38.599 photographs, including duplicates and engravings (2034 items), taken during 1865-1908. Albums relating to specific regions, cities or subjects were published with photographs selected from this archive, with multilingual annotations: Haramein. Makka al-Mukarrama and al-Madina al-Munawwara in photographs from the Ottoman period selected from the albums of Sultan Abdulhamid II and the collection of Fahreddin Pasha (Türkkan) (2014); Al-Quds / Jerusalem in Historical Photographs (2009); Istanbul, A Glimpse into the Past (2001); Photographs of Istanbul from the Archives of Sultan Abdulhamid II (jointly with Kültür A.Ş. of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, 2007); Istanbul in Photographs from the Period of Sultan Abdülhamid II (2019); Bursa in Photographs from the Period of Sultan Abdulhamid II (2011); Edirne in Historical Photographs selected from the Collection of Sultan Abdulhamid II and the Archives of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (2015); Manisa in Photographs of the Period of Sultan Abdulhamid II (2013); Erzurum in Engravings and Old Photographs (jointly with Erzurum Atatürk University, 1998); Egypt as Viewed in the 19th Century (2001); One-Century-Old Turkish-Japanese Friendship in Historical Photographs (2008); Friendship Between Turkey and Yemen Throughout History in Photographs (2011); Turkish-Afghan Friendship in Historical Photographs (2011); 600 Years Old Turkish-Polish Friendship in Historical Photographs (2014); and Friend and Brother. 70th Anniversary of Relations Between Turkey and Pakistan (2018).
» A collection of approximately 7000 calligraphic works, consisting of the entries submitted to the calligraphy competitions held by IRCICA, and furthermore, works of calligraphy, gilding and other arts that were received as gifts or otherwise from artists participating in IRCICA events. All are catalogued and preserved in protected milieu.
» Thousands of photographs representing IRCICA’s activities and related events.