Digital Archive of the Influential Turkish Daily Newspaper

Cumhuriyet Front Pages

The archive includes all available issues from 1924 – 1929 in Ottoman and from 1930 – 2020 in Turkish.

To the archive

Single pages can be downloaded as PDF and searched in full text.

The collection is available free of charge in Germany and in German research institutions abroad via national licence. Please ask your librarian for registration of this licence if you cannot yet access it.

About the Archive


Established in May 1924, Cumhuriyet (“The Republic”) is the oldest secular Turkish daily newspaper and is widely considered one of the last remaining opposition newspapers in Turkey. Founded by journalist Yunus Nadi Abalıoğlu at the initiative of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Cumhuriyet was the first newspaper of the Turkish Republic and promoted a belief in democracy, secularism and the rule of law.

The newspaper has a daily circulation of over 30,000 and receives roughly 25 million visitors to its website each month. It is one of the most influential newspapers in Turkey and is regarded by domestic and foreign readers as a reliable source for impartial, intelligent news reporting.

Text Recognition

The full text of the archive was obtained by digital character recognition (OCR). Earlier editions are based on microfilms and may therefore be less accurate. In addition, Ottoman is considered a particularly difficult language for text recognition due to its characters. The newer Turkish editions were available in higher quality and are therefore more correct.

Text and Data Mining

The provider protects the stability of its platform from automated downloads. Methods such as text and data mining could be recognised as such.

Please contact the Specialised Information Service in advance if you want to use automated methods for your research.