Middle Eastern Lamps

Arab American Archives Collection Index

Many of the collections below have not been digitized thus we have linked to their finding guides, which contain further information about the collection and, often, full inventory lists.


Arab American National Museum

The Arab American National Museum opened in 2005 and is the first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture. Located in Dearborn, Michigan, the Museum seeks to show visitors the Arab American story through a timeline of exhibits while dispelling misconceptions about Arab Americans.

Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies

The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies was established as a research and outreach center for the production and dissemination of knowledge about Lebanese immigration to the United States and around the world.


Papers of Carol Haddad, 1981-2015

The papers of Carol Haddad includes correspondence, speeches and papers, conference materials; records of the Feminist Arab-American Network (FAN) including newsletters, membership lists, and publicity, correspondence, publicity from other groups including the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Arab Movement of Women Arising for Justice. Located at Harvard University, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute.

Social Protest Collection, 1943-1982

Contains leaflets, flyers, posters, publications and ephemera. Gathered by the Social Protest Project primarily on Sproul Plaza for the UC undergraduate library between 1969-1982, the material primarly relates to the Vietnam War and Civil Rights demonstrations although there is significant material on Black Power, political issues, the Women's movement, lesbian and gay rights, Third World issues, the Left and Right, campus labor disputes, and the movement against nuclear power and nuclear weapons. Located at Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

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Connell, Charles T. 1859-1934 Papers, 1905-1934

Manuscripts, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks related to the personal life, interests, and professional activities of Charles T. Connell in southern Arizona from 1910 to 1930. Includes photographs of Syrian immigrants. Located at Arizona Historical Society.

Etel Adnan papers, 1961-2018

Etel Adnan papers, 1961-2018. Etel Adnan is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. Located at Online Archive of California (Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley).


Jonathan Friedlander collection of Middle Eastern Americana, 1875-2006

The several thousand items contained in the Middle Eastern Americana collection document the substantial and significant presence of the Middle East in the annals of American popular culture. Located at University of Southern California

The Arab American community in Grand Rapids collection, 1905-2005

The main contents are select oral histories and the Arab American / Syrian Clipping Index of Grand Rapids Press and Grand Rapids Herald Newspaper Articles. Located at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Hattem family records, 1882-1998

This collection includes advertising material, ephemera, photographs and documents relating to Hattem's Cafe, as well as a few family papers and items relating to the Syrian Orthodox Church. Located at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Immigration History Research Center Archives (U of MN)

Immigration History Research Center Archives holds numerous collections and items relating to Arab Americans. Linked below is their catalog.


Jack G. Shaheen Papers, 1940-2018

Dr. Jack G. Shaheen (1935-2017) was a professor, author, and consultant who dedicated his career to identifying and contesting stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in American media. Located at Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive at NYU.

Michael A. Shadid Collection

Physician. Newspaper and journal articles (1912–1984) and publications (1924–1947) regarding the life and career of Michael A. Shadid and his contributions to cooperative medicine, especially the Cooperative Community Hospital that he established in Elk City, Oklahoma. Located at University of Oklahoma Libraries.


Governor Victor Atiyeh Papers

Victor Atiyeh was an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the 32nd Governor of Oregon from 1979 to 1987. He was also the first elected governor of Syrian descent in the United States. Located at Pacific University.

Yussef El Guindi papers, 2000-2015

Yussef El Guindi is an Egyptian-American playwright based in Seattle, Washington. This collection contains manuscripts, notes on drafts and rehearsals, programs, and other material related to productions and workshops. Located at University of Oregon Special Collections.


Khalil A. Totah and Eva Marshall Totah papers, 1896-1955

The papers revolve around three principals and provide a picture of Quakers in Palestine in the 20th century: Khalil A. Totah, his second wife, Eva Marshall Totah and his first wife, Ermina Jones Totah. Located at Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections.

Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project

Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, brings renowned book artists into conversation with Syrian and Iraqi individuals who have resettled to Philadelphia.


Gary Paul Nabhan Papers,1866-2010

The collection has a variety of materials detailing the literary and scholarly writings of Gary Paul Nabhan. Nabham was an ethnobotanist, he worked to encourage local food production and maintaining diverse cultural food traditions, as well as championing the flora and fauna of the American Southwest. Located at University of Texas, Austin.

Naomi Shihab Nye Papers, 1812-2010

Collection includes the typescripts, manuscripts, drafts, proofs, and other pre-publication forms of the writings of poet and writer Naomi Shihab Nye. Located at University of Texas, Austin


Institute of Texan Cultures Vertical File Collection

Institute of Texan Cultures Vertical File collection. Originally housing the Texas Pavilion at HemisFair '68, it was designed to study the ethnic groups that settled in Texas. Located at University of Texas, San Antonio.

Peoples of Utah collection, 1867-1976

The Peoples of Utah collection contains images that show some of Utah's great diversity. Located at Utah Division of History.

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Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection, 1875 - 2004

Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection. The collection documents the immigration and assimilation of mostly Christian Syrian-Lebanese who came to America at the turn of the twentieth century. Located at Smithsonian Institution, Online Virtual Archives.

Oman Library at Middle East Institute

The Oman Library is estimated to house approximately 23,000 books and periodicals devoted to the Middle East. Our collection holds materials in regional languages including Arabic, Hebrew, French, Turkish and Farsi, and covering topics in history, culture, politics, literature, and languages of the Middle East, Islamic lands, and relevant regions.


Oral histories from the Arab Americans in the Southeast

Oral histories from the Arab Americans in the Southeast project created by Rosemarie Esber. Link to the Baylor Oral History Collection here. Clicking the button below will take you to Rosemarie's interviews. Located at Baylor University. 

Antiochian Heritage Library

An extensive collection detailing the activities of the Antiochian Orthodox Archiocese in North American from the early 1900s until the present time.


St. George (Syrian) Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1886-1979

The records of St. George (Syrian) Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh, Pa., consist of baptismal, marriage, and funeral records. They also include church bulletins for 1979; a report on the state of the Parish, July, 1979; and the annual financial report, 1979. Located at University of Pittsburgh, ULS Archives and Special Collections.

Syrian Directory Of Oklahoma City. 1939-1940

Booklet Called "The Syrian Directory Of Oklahoma City". It Contains Information About The Syrian Community In Oklahoma City In 1939. Includes Names Of Families, Churches & Organizations With Connections To The Syrian Community. Located at Oklahoma Historical Society.


Hani Bawardi Collection, 1888-1997

Hani Bawardi, a Palestinian-born Flint resident who received the degree of M.L.S. from the University of Michigan-Flint and at this writing a Ph.D. student at Wayne State University, assembled these materials in order to document the history of Arab-Americans in Flint. The collection includes videotapes and transcriptions of interviews he conducted as well as photocopies of family papers and the records of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Flint. Located at University of Michigan-Flint.

Arab Americans, Chaldeans, and Muslims

The Bentley Historical Library has actively collected documentation on the Arab American, Chaldean, and Islamic communities in Michigan, through the great help of community members. This guide lists all collections currently held at the Bentley Library. Located at Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.


Anthony Toney papers, 1932-1969

Papers of the American painter. Collection includes correspondence (1932-1969); artwork, and printed material, including articles, clippings, and exhibition catalogs. Located at Syracuse University

Chalie Juma, Sr. Oral History Photo Collection, 1920s-1940s

Photograph copied from personal collection of Charlie Juma, Sr. during his Oral History Interview in Stanley (ND), Mountrail County. The interview can be found on Oral History tape 669A&B. Located at State Historical Society of North Dakota.


Hannie Family Collection, 1902-1985

The Hannie family was among several Lebanese families who settled in the Lafayette area around the turn of the twentieth century. Located at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Kahlil Gibran Photograph Collection

Kahlil Gibran Photograph Collection. The collection contains a variety of photographic and printed materials, including photographs and slides, as well as contact sheets, film negatives, photocopies, and some manuscript notes. Located at Boston Athenaeum.


Mary Arbeely diary, 1908-1909

Mary Arbeely wrote this diary during the final months of the family's Beirut trip (1908, November 17-1909, September 30). Located at The Huntington Library.

Elias B. Karam Family Papers

Comprised of handwritten reminiscences, printed material, and photographs, the Elias B. Karam Family Papers, [ca. 1900-1992], document Karam's experiences growing up in Syria and Lebanon, his emigration to San Antonio, Texas, as well as his thoughts on Syrian and Lebanese political issues and international affairs. Located at University of Texas at Austin

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Lawrence History Center

Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives by German immigrant Eartha Dengler, the Lawrence History Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people. Includes collections relating to Syrian-Lebanese in Lawrence, MA.

Dearborn Historical Museum

The collection includes 300000+ negative images of activities related to the business of Dearborn city government and events by politicians. Everything from normal recreation activities of Arab American residents, Arab American business ribbon cuttings, to urban renewal in the heavily Arab American South End is featured.


The Philip M. Kayal and Adele L. Younis Papers

The Philip M. Kayal and Adele L. Younis Papers document the research of two scholars studying Arab-Americans and their emigration to the United States. Kayal focused his studies mainly on Melkites, a group of Syrian Catholics and one of their churches in Harlem, the Emmaus House.

American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago

This exhibition draws from more than 100 interviews conducted with Muslim Chicagoans sharing their stories of faith, identity, and personal journeys. Dozens of objects from local individuals and organizations, such as garments, artwork, and photographs, as well as videos and interactive experiences expand on how and why Chicago is known as the American Medina.


Center for Sacramento History

The archives of the Center for Sacramento History contain moving images, audio recordings, and textual archives related to the region's vast cultural heritage. The collection linked below contains oral histories of Arab Americans.