Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies

Country: Iran
Collection Type: Research center
Collection Size: > 50,000
Period: 1860-1900 1960-1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White images Colour images Film-based negatives Glass plates positives and/or negatives Prints
Website: http://iichs.org/index_en.asp

The Institute for Cultural Research and Studies was founded in 1986 with a mandate to maintain, organize and catalogue valuable historical documents acquired during and after the Islamic Revolution in Iran. In 1996, it was replaced by the Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (IICHS), a professional research center devoted to the study of contemporary Iranian history. Its objective is to undertake various research projects regarding social, political, economic and cultural aspects of post-eighteenth-century Iran, using its collection of primary sources.

The institute’s archive consists of public and private collections, memoirs of prominent individuals in various languages, historical slides, films and official decorations belonging to the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties as well as tens of thousands of photographs of Iranian and foreign dignitaries, events and buildings.

IICHS has a rich library, which, in addition to many old memoirs, travel accounts, journals and reports in various languages, holds many old and valuable manuscripts and lithographs dating back to the fourteenth century. The Institute has expanded its international academic ties, allowing exchange of documents between various scholars in this field. It also organizes lectures and conferences, commissions translations of significant scholarly works, and publishes research books and a quarterly journal, Iranian Contemporary History (Tarikh-e-Moaser-e-Iran). Its publications include The Revolution in Khurasan, The Historical Events Relating to Baning the Veil, and Mudarris and the Parliament.

The collection is partially catalogued on a database and is made available to researchers.

Contact Details: Name: Zohreh Moradkhany
Email: zo2mo@yahoo.com
Address: P.O.box.19395-1975, Tehran, Iran
Tel: +98 21 2260403738

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