Librarian and researcher of literature (b. 12 January 1926, Fatih / İstanbul - d. 25 September 2013, Ankara). Her full name is Fatma Müjgan Cunbur. She used the pen names Müjde Nasiboğlu and Salim Şehidoğlu in some of her works. She attended primary school at Dumlupınar and İnönü primary schools in Ankara and then attended the Ankara High School for Girls (1944). She graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Turkish Language and Literature in 1948. She received her doctorate degree with her thesis titled “Gülşehri ve Mantıku’t Tayr” (Gülşehrî and the Language of Birds, 1952).
Her first office was to classify the manuscripts at the library of the Faculty of Language, History and Geography. She was appointed as a librarian to the National Library in 1954. She was appointed as the chief of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books which was to be founded and at the same time as a expert of micro-films to improve the Micro-film Archive (1957–59). Between 1959 and 1960, she was the assistant manager of the National Library. Meanwhile, she was given a title of director to administer the library. After the return of the founder of National Library, Adnan Ötüken, from his duty as a cultural attaché in Germany, she resigned from her office as a director. She resumed her former duty as an expert (1961- 1965).
After Adnan Ötüken became the undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, she was appointed as the director of National Library. As the administration of the National Library was become a general directorate, her title was changed to general director of the National Library (1965). She made efforts to provide a better building for the National Library by assuring a place and preparing a project and initiating the construction process. The foundation of the building was laid in 1973. She was appointed as an advisor to the Ministry of Culture in 1978. She was given the responsibility of the manuscripts in Anatolia within the “Project of Preparing Catalogues of Manuscripts”. She worked as the head of the team at the libraries of Amasya and Antalya to prepare the catalogues of manuscripts.
In order to assure the completion of the building of the National Library, she was appointed as the assistant director of the National Library as the advisor of the Ministry of Culture in 1980. The construction of the library was complete in 1982 and the library was moved to the new building in 1983. Her title was changed in 1984 to chairwoman of the National Library. Meanwhile, the first computer network was built in the library. She retired in 1986 on her own request. She gave courses as a lecturer at Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Librarianship on library of manuscripts, preparing catalogues of manuscripts, Ottoman paleography and the source books of bibliography, between 1960 and 1982.
She participated in several meetings during the preparations of the Atatürk Culture, Language and History Higher Association as the representative of the Ministry of Culture. She was elected as a principal member of Atatürk Cultural Center under the Higher Association. She undertook duties at the center mentioned above, as a member of the Board of Science and the Board of Executives, the Committees of Literature and Folklore, the Committee for Portable Historical Artifacts, Science and Implementation, the Publishing Commission; and as the director at the Committee of Literature and Folklore Science and Implementation for a term between 1989–1992 and at the Committee of Library for three terms between 1983–1992. She undertook the duty of chairwomanship of the sub-project for “Türk Dünyası Edebiyatçıları Ansiklopedisi” (Encyclopedia of the Men of Letters in the Turkish World), in the framework of a project titled “Common Literature of the Turkish World”, which was carried out by the Center.
She started writing with an article published in the newspaper Kırşehir in 1948 with the title Üç Kırşehirli Dost (The Three Friends from Kırşehir). Her poems were published in the reviews Atatürk Yolu and Türk Kadını. She gained fame with her studies and bibliographies on Turkish literature and culture.
Her articles were published in the reviews Erdem, Bilge, Belleten, DTCF, Folklor Araştırmaları, Hisar, Ka-De-Fe, Kubbealtı Akademi Mecmuası, Millî Işık, Önasya, Selamet, Türk Dili, Türk Edebiyatı, Türk Kadını, Türk Kültürü, Türk Yurdu and Vakıflar. She participated and presented communiqués in congresses, symposiums, seminars, panels and scientific meetings both at home and abroad (including the United States and Afghanistan). She has a Certificate of Eminent Services to Turkish Folklore. She collected the Eminent Services to Turkish Culture Award of the Foundation of Turkish National Culture; the Eminent Services to Turkish Culture Award of the Professional Association of Scientific and Literary Work Owners of Turkey; İhsan Hınçer Award for Services to Turkish Folklore of the Foundation for Turkish Folklore Studies. She is a member of the Institute for the Study of Turkish Culture, the Association of Turkish Librarians, the Cultural Association of Turkish Women, the Foundation from Turkish Folklore Studies, and the Association of Studies of the Social Life of Women. She was elected as a member of the executive board of Turkish National Committee of UNESCO for two terms until 1978. She has prepared four graduation theses on folklore at the Faculties of Literature in Ege, Çanakkale and İnönü universities and on her studies related to librarianship at Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Culture.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Türk Kadın Yazarların Eserleri (The Works of Turkish Female Writers, 1955), Fuzuli Hakkında Bir Bibliyografya Denemesi (An Essay of Bibliography About Fuzuli, 1956), Farabi Bibliyografyası (The Bibliography of Farabi, in collaboration with İ. Binark and N. Sefercioğlu, 1973), Ali Kuşçu Bibliyografyası (A Bibliography of Ali Kuşçu, 1974), Ömer Seyfettin Bibliyografyası (A Bibliography of Ömer Seyfettin, 1985), Ahmet Haşim Bibliyografyası (A Bibliography of Ahmet Haşim, Ahmet Haşim on the Anniversary of His 100th Birthday, 1987), Yahya Kemal Beyatlı Bibliyografyası (A Bibliography of Yahya Kemal, 1998).
CATALOGUE: Atatürk'ün Özel Kütüphanesi Kataloğu (A Catalogue of Atatürk’s Private Library, collaborative work, 1973), Millî Kütüphane Yazmalar Kataloğu (A Catalogue of Manuscripts at the National Library, in collaboration with Dursun Kaya and N. Ünver, 1st-8th volumes, 1987), Türkiye Basmaları Toplu Kataloğu (A Comprehensive Catalogue of Printed Books of Turkey, in collaboration with D. Kaya, 1st-6th volumes, 1990), Türk Dil Kurumu Kütüphanesi Yazma Eserler Kataloğu (A Catalogue of Manuscripts at the Library of Turkish Language Association, in collaboration with D. Kaya, N. Ünver and H. Yılmaz, 1999).
ANTHOLOGY: Başakların Sesi: Türk Halk Şairleri Hayat ve Eserleri (The Voices of Gleanings: Lives and Works of Turkish Folk Poets, 1966), Türk Kadınının Şiiri (The Poetry of Turkish Women, in collaboration with Neriman Saryal, 1970; expanded fourth edition, 2000).
RESEARCH: Yunus Emre'de Namaz (Namaz* in Yunus Emre, 1956), Yunus Emre'nin Gönlü (Heart of Yunus Emre, 1957), Karacaoğlan Hayatı ve Şiirleri (The Life and Works of Karacaoğlan, 1972), Ölümünün 20. Yılında Ord. Prof. Dr. Sadri Maksudi Arsal (Professor in Ordinary Sadri Maksudi Arsal on the 20th Anniversary of His Death, 1972), Atatürk ve Millî Kültür (Atatürk and National Culture, 1973), Millî Mücadele'de Türk Kadını (Turkish Women in the Independence War, in collaboration with İ. Enginün and C. Özdemir, 1983), Anadolu'nun Bütünleşmesi'nde Ahmed Yesevî'nin Yeri (The Role of Ahmed Yesevi in the Integration of Anatolia, 1995), Türk Kadını İçin (For Turkish Women, 1997).
EDITION: Fuzuli Divanı (The Divan* of Fuzuli, in collaboration with K. Akyüz, S. Beken and S. Yüksel, 1956), Yeni Hayat ve Doğru Yol (The New Life and the True Path, from Ziya Gökalp, 1976), Hattatların ve Kitap Sanatçılarının Destanları (The Epics of the Calligraphers and Book Artists, the epic of the skills of Mustafa Ali of Gelibolu, 1982), Son Asır Türk Şairleri (Turkish Poets of the Last Century, 1st volume, from İbnülemin Mahmud Kemal İnal, 1999).
REFERENCE: Divan Edebiyatından Günümüze Türk Kadın Şairler Antolojisi, Recai Velibeyoğlu / ÖBBŞKA (2.cilt, 1975), TDE Ansiklopedisi (II. Cilt, 1977), Atillâ Özkırımlı / Türk Edebiyatı Ansiklopedisi (1. cilt, 1982), S. Kemal Karaalioğlu / Resimli Türk Edebiyatçılar Sözlüğü (1982), Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (18. basım, 1996), Mehmet Nuri Yardım / ‘Bir Azim, İman ve İrade Abidesi: Dr. Müjgân Cunbur (2000), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, 2007) - Ünlü Bilim Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 2, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013).