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27 Feb

Finding Aids for Archival Collections: supporting unique research about the region at AUB

In Collections,News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / February 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries’ ASC’s Finding Aid webpage, listing many finding aids for new (and old) archival and special collections, has been redesigned with the help of the Library Systems and Applications Department. Check out listings and finding aids for over 15 unique historical collections from our archival holdings! Discover some of our rare and most unique collections, which document the history of the University, Lebanon and the region!

Some of the collections listed cover the history of AUB (Daniel Bliss, 1823-1916; Edward Post, 1839-1909; Edward Nickoley, 1873-1937 ; Bayard Dodge, 1895-1972; Edwin Lewis Affair, 1882; Lee Observatory Collection, 1874- 1979, etc.)

Others cover a variety of topics including gender studies (Evelyne Bustros Collection, 1878-1971Zahiya Kaddoura Collection, 1944-2014); visual culture (Art Posters, 1966-2000 and Political Poster, 1960 – 1980s collections);  socio-economic history of the region (Makkinje, Trans-Arabian pipeline company, 1943-1983) and intellectual history (Jirji Zaydan, 1900-1938; Philip Khuri Hitti, 1910-1976; Iliya Harik, 1963-2006).

The finding aids will help you kick-start your research by offering a detailed listing of the archival collection, as well as a brief abstract, historical and biographical sketches and synopses, and suggestions for related research material.

More listings for additional archival collections will be posted soon. Keep tuned!

For more information, contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library: ; ext. 2609/10

26 Feb


In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / February 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

Du 5 au 9 mars, 2018 à Beyrouth et Balamand

En partenariat avec Université Saint Joseph (USJ), Université Libanaise (UL), Université de Balamand (UoB), l’American University of Beirut (AUB) et l’Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK)

Coordination scientifique : Frédéric Imbert (Ifpo)

For more information: Contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library: ; ext.2609/10

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24 Jan

Reminder: e-Newspapers collection at the University Libraries

In Collections by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Community,

The University Libraries would like to remind you of its subscription to several valuable resources that provide historical and current news pieces and reports from prominent newspapers, helpful for researchers in different fields of study.

The table below lists the prominent publications we have access to:

Title Coverage Free Registration
Chronicle of Higher Education 1989- present
The Economist 1997 to present
Financial Times Varies First-time user sign-in using,

for students

New York Times 1851 to present

(limited access from 1923 to 1980)

First time users, click on

“Create an Account” tab

to create a free account

Wall Street Journal 2010 to present First-time user, register via:
London Review of Books 1979 to present
New York Review of Books 1963 to present


To access the historical newspapers and magazines, click on this link.To access these newspapers, go to the e-Newspapers link on the University Libraries’ webpage.

For more details about these publications, contact Albert Haddad, Research and Instruction Librarian, Jafet Library by email:  or via phone on ext. 2990.

11 Dec

Jerusalem: a Photographic Exhibit

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries-Archives and Special Collections and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at AUB invite you to an exhibit entitled

“Jerusalem: a Photographic Exhibit”

Opening Ceremony: Wednesday December 13 at 5:30pm

Exhibit Dates: December 13 till 22, 2017

Place: Jafet Library -Main Lobby- AUB

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Archives and Special Collections Department by email: or on extensions 2609/10.

25 Oct

Community Book Exchange and Booklet Launch- 46 Streets: AUB’s Imprint on the Streets of Beirut

In Collections,Events,Projects by AUB Libraries / October 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

Bring any books that you would like to swap and join the AUB Neighborhood Initiative and the AUB Libraries for this term’s

Community Book Exchange

Monday, October 30th, 2017 between 3:00 and 5:00 pm

Participation is simple: Bring a book to take a book!

At 4:00 pm, there will be a launching of the booklet “46 Streets: AUB’s Imprint on the Streets of Beirut” in the presence of the author, Maria Bashshur Abunnasr.

The AUB Neighborhood Initiative collaborated with The University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections to produce this 150-page booklet . The project identified and located 46 streets in Beirut that carry AUB-related names to emphasize the shared history of the university and the city. The goal of this project is to bring awareness to the connections between people and place through the actual names of Beirut’s streets and to those in whose honor they are named. The booklet is published by AUB’s Communications office in both English and Arabic and includes a pull-out map of Ras Beirut highlighting the 28 AUB-related streets in your neighborhood.

Copies of the booklet will be available so come grab your own copy during the event.

You can stay updated through The Community Book Exchange Facebook page.

Looking forward to seeing you there…

12 Oct

University Libraries conducting LibQUAL+® survey to serve you better

In Collections,Projects by AUB Libraries / October 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As we plan for the Libraries’ future, it is important that we understand the perceptions and expectations of our campus community so that we may provide the services and resources that you need to be successful.

During the month of October, the AUB Libraries are conducting a survey, called LibQUAL+®. This survey is crucial in helping us determine your needs and to provide you with better services.

Kindly take a few minutes to fill it out; your participation is important to us.

Please click to begin. 

Thank you for your time and cooperation.

University Libraries

About LibQUAL+®

LibQUAL+® is a survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries to measure library service quality.  It will be especially useful because we can benchmark our results against those of other institutions and identify best practices.  To date, it has been taken by over 1 million users at over 1000 libraries throughout the world.

07 Sep

Toubia and Letitia Hachem rare book and manuscript collection donated to AUB

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB Website, by the Office of Communications: 

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Toubia and Letitia Hachem rare books and manuscripts collection to be housed in the University Archives and Special Collections Department of Jafet Library. The gift represents years of meticulous collecting by a bibliophile and art and book connoisseur. Toubia Hachem was born in Beirut, graduated from Bonaventure University in New York, did his graduate work in history at the University of Chicago and taught at AUB and then Loyola University, Chicago. He established a successful travel agency in Chicago and became a global airline executive. He never lost his passion for history; particularly theological history. Letitia Hachem studied art and is an artist. She encouraged Toubia’s collecting passion and taught him about the art world resulting in a huge collection.

Mr. Hachem’s three daughters describe their parents’ passion for books and reading. They particularly remember their father’s excitement with each new acquisition of a rare book, “He was a history professor with a special interest in French and Russian history and philosophy, but most of his knowledge was directly attributable to his life as an avid reader. He also had a deep understanding of Middle Eastern affairs, grounded in his love of history.”  The Hachem collection will live on at AUB to further feed the passions of scholars for generations to come, and will advance and strengthen the mission of AUB as a distinguished center of research, dialogue, and humanism in the region.

The Hachem Collection consists of approximately 3,000 pieces dating from the 16th century to the mid-20th century. Collection highlights include stunning examples of religious manuscripts in various formats and sizes. A wide array of geographic provenance, printing houses, disciplines, historical periods, languages, and topics are covered by the collection, as well as a broad range of formats, e.g. manuscript codices and rolls, miniature and big Qurans, folios, “pocket” books, Qurans inscribed on palm leaves, and early imprints of the Bible with ornate covers. In general, the Collection illuminates the practices of manuscript production in workshops located throughout the Russian, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Balkan regions, and early (16th-century onwards) European printing and publishing practices.

Several exceptional pieces await review by Jafet Library staff, notably a Syriac Bible from the 16th or 17th century, and a number of ornate one-by-one meter Qurans. Examples of early European imprints include a translation into Latin of Ibn Hayyan’s Alchemy, which is a testimony to the transfer of knowledge from the Arab world to the European Renaissance. Texts from Nubia, Abyssinia, Egypt, Palestine and the Ottoman Empire are represented, as are first editions and rare books by authors such as Cicero, Plutarch, Dante, Jean Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Alfred de Musset, and Victor Hugo. Universal Histories, and scientific and philosophical treatises are also well represented. Additionally the Collection includes finely illustrated atlases, dictionaries with concordances, art books, and a few early Arabic serials including al Hilal and early Arabic imprints by the influential author of the late 1800s, Jurji Zaidan.

It is rare to find manuscripts, books and maps in the Levant with the scope, depth and fine quality of the Hachem Collection. It corrects a gap in the collection of Qurans from the Soviet and Balkan states, and in early, largely utilitarian Bibles, but also in early 16th- and 17th-century European imprints in the region.

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28 Aug

Visit by 24 emerging Ottomanists to the AUB Libraries, Archives Department: OIB’s “ Reading and Analyzing Ottoman Manuscript Sources” Workshop

In Collections,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / August 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

Around 24 emerging scholars enrolled in the Summer School Program organized by OIB “Reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript sources” which is taking place in  Beirut, Lebanon, between the 27th and 30th of August 2017, visited the AUB Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department on the morning of August  27th.

The workshop is co-organized by the French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo), the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), the University of Balamand, the Lebanese University (Doctoral School of Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences), the Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBaC), the Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, the İbn Haldun Üniversitesi, and the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) with the support of the Open Jerusalem Project. The summer school is devoted to reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript and primary sources. This is the second edition, following the summer school of 2016 in Amman, Jordan. During the four-day program the young researchers (mostly MA and PhD candidates, but also postdocs) are introduced to ways of reading, combining and analyzing manuscript sources from various archives of the Ottoman era, produced at local, provincial and imperial levels. The aim is to overcome the initial difficulties researchers often face when working with archival material from the Ottoman period, one of which is an administrative terminology no longer in use today, and to get exposed to the archival terrain.

The scholars spent an hour at the Archives, delving into several Ottoman resources. On display were various Ottoman manuscripts from our collections, some Ottoman newspapers, magazines, periodicals, almanacs, Salnamas related to Wilayat Beirut, photos of Ottoman commissioners on visit to the Syrian Protestant College to give SPC students their medical exams on-site, photos from the late 19th century, documents related to WWI and SPC, maps and various documents related to the Ottoman provinces in the late 19th century (e.g. awqafs, legal documents related to Haifa, Beirut, etc.).

The excitement of the researchers was noticeable, as many had not been aware of the existence of these resources in the region, or at AUB. The visit was a great opportunity for the scholars to liaise with one another, exchange ideas and interests, and to get to know the Ottoman resources available at the AUB Libraries. Many will sure be back, with longer dissertation and book projects.

22 Aug

نقيب المحررين زار مكتبة يافت التذكارية في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت وأهدى أرشيفها مجلدين نادرين لجريدة الحديث من العام 1937

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

في أواخر الاسبوع الفائت، زار نقيب المحررين ،السيد الياس عون، يرافقه المنسق العام لمركز السلامة الإعلامية، الصحافي فادي الغوش، دائرة الأرشيف والمجموعات الخاصة في مكتبة يافت التذكارية في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت.

وقد جال النقيب عون والسيد الغوش في الأرشيف ترافقهما مديرة قسم الأرشيف في الجامعة الأميركية  في بيروت، الدكتورة كوكب شبارو وأمينة المكتبة السيدة سمر ميقاتي واطلع النقيب والمنسق العام على محتويات هذا القسم ، وأبديا اعجابهما بالارشيف وبتنوع المجموعات فيه من مخطوطات قيمة وكتب قديمة ونادرة يعود تاريخ بعضها الى القرن السادس عشر. ولفتهما كذلك غنى الأرشيف بالملصقات السياسة والفنية والصور والبطاقات البريدية.

وقد أثنيا بشكل خاص على مجموعات المجلات والجرائد القديمة مثل “المقتطف” و”السلنامة” و”الطبيب”  و”الآداب” و”الأديب” و”الجامعة العثمانية” و”المقتبس”… واطلعا على الاوراق الخاصة لأعلام كبار في الصحافة وللأكاديميين والمفكريين العرب أمثال جرجي زيدان، قسطنطين زريق، أسد رستم، فيليب حتي، وأوراق كبار الموسيقيين كالأستاذ زكي ناصيف والدكتور وليد غلمية.

وقد لفت النقيب عون الطريقة المتبعة في حفظ الموجودات، وهي طريقة علمية تراعي المعايير العالمية في حفظ وترميم وأرشفة الوثائق. وأشاد النقيب بغنى هذا الارشيف وبأهميته واعتبره حافظا للتراث والتاريخ.

وبعد أن تفقد النقيب كافة اقسام الارشيف وتعرف على محتوياته، قدم مجلدين نادرين من جريدة “الحديث” التي تأسست سنة 1936على يد الصحافي الياس حرفوش.

تسلمت المجلدين الدكتورة شبارو والسيدة ميقاتي واثنتا على قيمتهما التاريخية، واعتبرتا هذين المجلدين “قيمة مضافة” للمجموعات الثمينة في الارشيف التي يستند عليها كثير من المفكريين والأكاديميين في دراساتهم وأبحاثهم.

بدأت جريدة الحديث بالصدور سنة  1937، وكانت تجمع في مكاتبها كبار السياسيين والصحافيين وشخصيات بارزة أمثال رياض الصلح. وتحولت هذه الجريدة الى منبر للمعارضة السياسية ضد عهد الرئيس بشارة الخوري. وفي تلك الفترة تولى السيد علي الحسيني والد رئيس مجلس النواب السابق حسين الحسيني رئاسة تحريرها. و قد أفادنا النقيب عون أن الجريدة توقفت أيام الحرب العالمية الثانية، لتعود وتصدر بعد انتهاء الحرب 1948- 1949.  وكان من كبار كتابها الصحافي وديع عون والأب يوسف عون، واعتبرت من أهم الجرائد اللبنانية. وأضاف النقيب انها تحولت سنة 1956الى مجلة أسبوعية واستمرت بالصدور بالاشتراك مع رشدي المعلوف حتى وفاة صاحبها عام 1960. وقد  تولى النقيب  بشارة عون رئاسة تحريرها من 1958 حتى 1960.

في الختام تعتبر مكتبة الجامعة أن كل تقدمة للمكتبة هي قيمة مضافة تساعد في اغناء مجموعاتها وبالتالي في الانماء الثقافي والحفاظ  على التراث الجماعي وفي المساعدة في البحت العلمي وتوثيقه.

19 Jun

Walid Gholmieh’s rich archive donated to AUB University Libraries

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / June 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

This article was posted on the AUB Website: and was written by Dana Abed- Office of Advancement

The American University of Beirut (AUB) received the musical heritage of the late Dr. Walid Gholmieh, which will be kept in the archives of the University Libraries to be utilized by researchers and musicians. Dr. Gholmieh’s widow, Mrs. Elham Gholmieh, and family worked with Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida and Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, among others, to compile the archive and prepare for its transfer to AUB, which was accomplished on June 14.

Dr. Walid Georges Gholmieh, who passed away in 2011, was director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. He earned a degree in Mathematics from AUB before dedicating his life to music. He is considered to be one of the most prominent Middle Eastern conductors and composers. Gholmieh held a PhD in musicology and composed numerous symphonies and other musical compositions. He collaborated with many conductors and performers and was the recipient of multiple international awards.

According to Mrs. Gholmieh, AUB was very dear to Dr. Gholmieh’s heart and he always wanted his collection to be transferred to the University.

“AUB is the most important institution in the Middle East that preserves the cultural heritage of prominent artists. Walid wanted dearly to preserve that and keep it in safe hands for generations to come,” said Mrs. Gholmieh. “Walid made sure his intentions of transferring his collection are expressed to Dr. Nabil Nassif [director of the Zaki Nassif Program for Music at AUB] and, after his passing, we started with the execution of his wishes in collaboration with AUB.”

Dr. Chebaro explained the importance of the archival papers to be kept in Jafet Library, saying that Dr. Gholmieh was “a forward looking humanist, one who is simultaneously deeply rooted in his culture, language, and heritage.”

“The AUB Archives, University Libraries is thrilled to receive the archival papers of Dr. Gholmieh: preserving our cultural heritage, availing it to researchers, upholding and demonstrating its continued scholarly and humanistic relevance for a wide audience, both within the realm of academia and beyond, is a core mission of AUB,” said Chebaro.

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