Welcome to the Uysal-Walker Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative (U-W ATON), located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. ATON currently resides under the umbrella of the University Archives of Texas Tech University.

Brief Overview:

Each narrative was translated by native Turkish speakers (mostly students) and paid for by Dr. Warren Walker and Mrs. Walker, who then edited the final text.

In 1961, Ahmet E. Uysal, Warren S. Walker and Barbara K. Walker first began collecting materials from the field after meeting in Ankara as a result of Dr. Walker receiving a U.S. Fulbright Grant to research in the Turkish Republic. After the first ten years of fieldwork in many villages, the task of organizing the materials and finding a permanent home for them began occupying their thoughts. With these concerns in mind, the three founded the Uysal-Walker Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative (U-W ATON) and eventually donated the holdings to Texas Tech University in 1980. Following Dr. Walker’s passing and Mrs. Walker’s retirement, H. B. Paksoy, who had taught at several universities, served as ATON Unit Head between January 2001 and December 2003.


Contact information:

Lynn Whitfield,
University Archivist
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Box 41041
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1041
Phone (806) 742-3749

Visit The Archive of the Turkish Oral Narrative website for more information on ATON.

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