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Byzantine Institute field worker in Hagia Sophia, ca. 1934.
According to a May 19, 1938 telegram from Robert Van Nice to William Emerson, "A young Turk, Adli Bey, who has worked for TW (Thomas Whittemore) for several seasons, graduates from the University School of Architecture this coming October and is anxious to go to America for further study. Before attending the school of architecture now directed by Bruno Taut, he took engineering at Robert College. He speaks excellent English and French and comes from a distinguished and cultured family. His grandfather was an ambassador to Berlin and Vienna, and his father was commander of the Turkish forces in Istanbul during the English occupation. Since his father’s death the family has undergone some financial reverses, but he can pay his way to America for at least a short stay and while there would like to study small town design. He believes that he will be the first Turk to have studied architecture in America. In the past most Turkish students have gone to France or Germany, and one is now in Sweden. He is so far above the average architectural student in America in intelligence and background that I enjoy knowing Adli very much, and I can vouch for his personal qualities as well as his ability…”
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The finding aid created by the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives.
Quote comes from Robert L. Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. 1936-1989, Subgroup 1, Series 1, Subseries B, Box 4, folder 1.