The Graduates and Famous People of Arnavutkoy American College for Girls


CTAD-CUMHURIYET TARIHI ARASTIRMALARI DERGISI, vol.11, no.22, pp.417-442, 2015 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.417-442
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This study is concerned with the study group biography graduates of the Arnavutkoy American College for Girls, which was one of the most famous missionary schools established in the Ottoman lands in the 19th. Century. In this context, first of all college graduates between 1875 and 1950'e are studied as a group, secondly graduates of the Ottoman period are given individually due to their fewness. Graduates of the republican period are studied as a group according to their field of specialisation following the graduation. The findings of the study is that graduates as individuals and as women realised a number of firsts and became firsts in many fields which had traditionally been preserved for men. As a group, graduates rather preferred jobs that involved the society at large. Thus, college aided women give up their traditional duties and take part in the society and contribute to it as active individuals. Another finding of the study is that college graduates preferred to live primarily in Istanbul, then in Ankara. A small number of graduates lived in small Anatolian cities. This suggests a city-concentrated model of progress for women rather than countryside and contributed mostly to the liberation of women living in the cities. This, however is not a drawback, as in those times, rights and liberties of women living in urban areas and countryside were similar and therefore the concentration of women graduates to the urban areas, seemed to help the progress of women at large and accepted as a curtail for all women in the country.