Suzan H. Akkan was born in 1920 in Kandilli, Istanbul, Turkey, and is a graduate of the Kandilli High School for Girls. She received an MA degree in Turkology at Turkish Language and Literature from the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters and from the Teachers College in 1943. She taught Turkish language and literature in Yozgat High School for six years from 1943–’49. In 1950, she began her new career as a head librarian at the Istanbul University School of Forestry. When the faculty accepted the new Oxford cataloging system, she was sent to Hamburg, Germany, in 1954 to study the new system and also worked there as a visiting librarian at Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv for one year. She arrived in the United States in 1957 to work at Stanford University as a cataloger of their Turkish revolution collection but stayed in New York and worked in the Turkish information office for three years. In 1960, she accepted an offer to catalog the Turkish and Ottoman collection in Butler Library and as a lecturer in Turkish in the Near- and Middle-East department of Columbia University in New York. Beginning in 1966, she worked as a librarian/cataloger of the Turkish collection at the Research Library and as a teaching sssistant of Ottoman Turkish in the Near- and Middle-East languages department of UCLA until she finished cataloging 1,200 books and periodicals. She moved on to UC Berkeley, San Francisco, California Postgraduate Library in 1977, where she cataloged science books. Also in Doe Library Near- and Middle-East Department, she worked as a cataloger for one year. She returned to the East Coast to work at Princeton University’s Firestone Library in 1979 to catalog their Turkish collection until her retirement in 1982. She continued her career as a retired volunteer at the New York Public Library’s main branch in Manhattan, assisting with their Turkish collection for the next ten years. Her vast experience in the field and her broad knowledge of the Turkish language and literature make her uniquely qualified to compile and edit this book.