According to the Ottoman archive documents, porters were not selected from particular minority or a group in Istanbul and elsewhere. However, qualified people had been allowed to this profession. By looking at the ottoman documentations for the names of the porters’ working places from the archive information, it is clear that there exist occupational opportunities in almost every part of the Ottoman cities, ports and markets. They were entitled various names like sea-porter, pole porter, back-carrier, pannier porter, backed porter and stretcher porter. In this study, porter profession, which was commonin the Ottoman period and today it’s from the most curious professional organizations, porters’ life, insurance, tools and materials which they used and the effects of porters to life will be examined in the light of archival documents.