Dr. Aksoltan T. Ataeva, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations Presents to Columbia University Libraries a New Turkmen Book


April 5, 2002 Columbia University Libraries were presented with a new Turkmen book by Dr. Aksoltan T. Ataeva, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations and Mr. Essen Aidogdyev, Consul / Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations.

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University Librarian James G. Neal along with Dr. David Magier, Director of Area Studies, and Jared Ingersoll, Librarian for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, received Ambassador Ataeva and Consul Aidogdyev at Butler Library.

The ambassador presented a new Turkmen book to the Columbia Libraries by archeologist Wiktor Sarianidi, Murgash: Ancient Oriental Kingdom in the Old Delta of the Murghab River (2002).

"Sarianidi's work identifies archeological ruins in Turkmenistan as evidence for a major ancient culture on the scale of Egypt, China, Mesopotamia and India," said Ingersoll. "This book is a welcome addition to the Turkmen language collection at Columbia Libraries. We are looking forward to expanding exchanges and other cooperation with libraries and institutes in Turkmenistan."

As part of the Post-Soviet Nationalities Collection, Columbia holds one of the largest collections of materials in the Turkmen language in North America. The Turkmen language collection, numbering over 1,200 volumes, contains works in all fields of study, and is especially strong in poetry, studies of the Turkmen language, history and archeology.

Area Studies is a Division of Columbia University Libraries responsible for reference and research support, and for collection development in all subjects and languages on the following world areas: Africa; Latin America; Middle East; Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe; and South and Southeast Asia. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/area/

For Information:

Jared Ingersoll email
Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies Librarian
(212) 854-4701

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Posted: 4/08/02