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Princess Niloufer Collection

Identifier: GTM-961216

Scope and Contents note

Collection pertains to Princess Niloufer Farhat Begum Sahiba (January 4, 1916 – June 12, 1989).


  • 1930 - 1989

Conditions Governing Access note

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Biographical note

Princess Niloufer (1916-1989), was one of the last members of the Ottoman Empire royalty. Childless herself, Princess Niloufer’s great love of children was galvanized by the death of her maid during childbirth and the lack of a specialized hospital for women and children in Turkey. As president of the Hyderabad Women and Children’s Medical Aid Society, Princess Niloufer founded the Niloufer Hopsital in Hyderabad, India, in 1949. With specializations in maternal and pediatric medicine, the hospital opened in 1953. UNICEF aid provided further development of services, and nurse training programs were funded under the auspices of the World Health Organization. Today, more than a thousand children are treated per day on an outpatient basis. The hospital has a website at


30 boxes (27 Hollinger boxes (various sizes) + 3 custom boxes containing the following items -- Box 26f Item#19 Miniature Quran with silk bag Box 26f Item #3 Arabic prayer with bead-tie purse Box 26f Item #4 Arabic prayer with oil cloth wrapper )

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Evelyn M. Pope, 1998 and 2003.

Princess Niloufer Collection
Lisette C. Matano, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository