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Riedlmayer, András J. András Riedlmayer collection on Balkan cultural heritage, 1992-2013: Finding aid

Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: AKP263
Repository: Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Riedlmayer, András J.
Title: András Riedlmayer collection on Balkan cultural heritage.
Date(s): 1992-2013.
Quantity: 1 collection (16 Hollinger boxes, 4 CD boxes (in 1 Hollinger box), 1 Oversize box, 1 exhibit box, 4 VHS boxes, 6 slide boxes (in 2 boxes), 2 fragile materials boxes)
Abstract: Materials collected byAndrás Riedlmayer relating to Balkan Cultural Heritage - in particular,war in Bosnia and Kosovo during the 1990s and the destruction of cultural heritage. Included in the collection are original documents and letters, academic and non-academic articles, photographs, slides, multimedia, testimonies, magazine and newspaper articles, physical objects and other miscellaneous materials collected by Mr. Riedlmayer.

Aquisition Information:

Donated by András Riedlmayer in 2013.

Processing Information:

Arranged and cataloged by Ana Knezevic, Milorad Dragicevic and Anne Mansella from 2013 to 2014. Encoded by Mary Guinan September, 2014.

Access Restrictions:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the Librarian of the Fine Arts Library.

Copyright Notice:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation:

Riedlmayer, András J. András Riedlmayer collection on Balkan cultural heritage. Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

A box of oversize materials is located at the end of the collection, followed by 2 boxes for fragile materials. Multimedia boxes are also separate.

Biographical Note

András Riedlmayer (b. 1947, Budapest, Hungary) was educated in Germany, the United States and Turkey. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Princeton University and from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. As a Fulbright scholar in the 1970s he traveled extensively in the Middle East and the Balkans, doing research in archives and manuscript libraries. He has published scholarly articles on Ottoman history and culture, Balkan heritage, and Islamic architecture. Riedlmayer has directed the Documentation Center for Islamic Art and Architecture of the Aga Khan Program at the Fine Arts Library of Harvard University since 1985. His other credentials include:
President, Turkish Studies Association (2006-2008);
Co-founder, The Bosnian Manuscript Ingathering Project;
Chair, The Middle East Librarians Association Committee on Iraqi Libraries, (2003-2007);
Co-founder and editor, International Justice Watch;
Member of the editorial board of H-TURK.


The collection is organized in seven series: I. András Riedlmayer II. War Crimes Tribunal. III. ICJ Documents. IV. Bosnia and Herzegovina. V. Kosovo. VI. Croatia. VII. Miscellaneous Multimedia.

Scope and Content

The András Riedlmayer collection on Balkan Cultural Heritage documents the destruction of cultural heritage during and after the Balkan crisis of the 1990s. It consists of materials created and gathered by András Riedlmayer from 1991-2013.
The first series of the collection contains Riedlmayer's correspondence, speeches and slideshow presentations, academic articles, lists of contacts, expenses, postcards, photographs and personal notes having to do with his research on cultural heritage in the Balkans. It also contains documents relating to his projects, including the Bosnia Ingathering Project and the Bosnian National Library Project.
Riedlmayer's correspondence with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is located in the second series, which also contains transcripts of his testimony as an expert witness in ICTY cases, texts of ICTY judgments, case information sheets, evidentiary photographs, databases, presentations, and reports prepared for the ICTY, concerning destruction of cultural heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.
The third series contains documents and articles gathered by and also addressed to Riedlmayer pertaining to his testimony in the case brought before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), charging the latter with violations of the terms of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
Series four contains items relating to the destruction of cultural heritage in the 1992-1995 war Bosnia and Herzegovina. These include BOSNET files (A bulletin of news from Bosnia compiled by the Balkan Institute and distributed through the mailing list "bosnews@doc.ic.ac.uk"), reports from both the Bosnian Institute and Bosnia Action Coalition, documents from conferences and activist talks, documents on impacted places of note, newspaper clippings, magazines, and publications on cultural genocide in Bosnia as well as general information on Bosnia, academic articles, maps, census info, government reports, brochures, photographs, slides, multimedia, bibliographies and other miscellaneous files, including a compiled source book of field research. Also included is a page of a burnt book and a piece of fire-damaged marble taken from the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina building after the library was shelled and burned during the siege of Sarajevo in August 1992.
Series five contains items relating to the destruction of cultural heritage in the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo. These include reports of field investigations, assessments, lists of monuments, US Congressional hearings, academic articles in various languages on Islamic culture and architecture in Kosovo, maps, clippings from newspaper and magazine articles, field surveys, documents on impacted places of note, exhibition materials from the exhibit "Burned Books and Blasted Shrines", brochures, bibliographies, history articles, photographs and slides, multimedia and other miscellaneous files. Also included is: The remains of a burnt book, collected from the interior of Bajrakli mosque in Peć/Peja in October 1999; Pages from destroyed manuscripts and books, collected from the interior of the village mosque in Crnoljevo/Carraleva in October 1999; A hand-forged iron nail with scorch marks, pulled from a charred beam in the Kulla of Zenel Bey, Peć/Peja, Kosovo.
Series six contains items relating to the destruction of cultural heritage in the 1991-1995 war in Croatia. These items include transcribed interviews with Croatian human rights activists, newspaper clippings, academic articles, lists of damaged monuments, reports dealing with cultural destruction, photographs, multimedia, and conference brochures.
Series seven contains miscellaneous multimedia materials dealing with Balkan cultural heritage. Included are the following media types: Audio CD, Video CD, Data CD, DVD, VHS, ZIP, BETAcam, various slides (Balkan, Non-Balkan). A floppy drive is also included.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Croatia.
Kosovo War, 1998-1999 -- Destruction and pillage.
Cultural property -- Protection -- Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Cultural property -- Protection -- Kosovo.
Muslims -- Crimes against -- Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Croats -- Crimes against -- Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Albanians -- Crimes against -- Kosovo (Republic)
Serbs -- Crimes against -- Kosovo (Republic)
Serbs -- Crimes against -- Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Islamic architecture -- Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Islamic architecture -- Kosovo (Republic).
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina) -- History -- Siege, 1992-1996.
Church buildings -- Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Church -- Kosovo (Republic).
Libraries -- Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Libraries -- Kosovo (Republic)
International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991.
International Court of Justice.