Special Collections related to the Middle East at Yale
Finding aids are descriptive guides to all the archival and manuscript collections held at Yale.
The department of Manuscripts and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library holds a number of important archive collections related to the Middle East; primarily concerned with nineteenth- and twentieth-century political & diplomatic history and missionary activities in the area. These include:
the Ali al-Kassar collection of manuscript music and comic plays from early 20th-century Egypt
the Palestinian liberation movement collection of posters and other documentary items
view a selection of images from this collection
the Arabic film poster collection of posters and other publicity materials related to the film industry
the Ghassem Ghani Collection on 19th-century Iranian diplomacy
papers from The Inquiry, a group of experts assembled at the request of President Wilson to collect and collate data in preparation for a peace conference following World War I
Islamic fundamentalist audio recordings, thought to have originated in Osama bin Laden's compound in Kandahar, Afghanistan
archival materials related to the late 19th-century history of Palestine, the establishment of the state of Israel, and the migration of Iraqi Jews in 1950-51 are described in this list prepared by the Yale University Judaica Collection
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds over 3,500 manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish in various subject areas, including language and literature, theology, biography, philosophy, and natural and social sciences. In addition, the Beinecke holds a variety of other materials including photographs, maps, and other documents relating to the Middle East, including:
the Yale Papyrus Collection, including items in Arabic, Syriac, Aramaic, and Persian.
click here to view a sample search of the Beinecke's digital collections, in this case for items related to Syria.
The Babylonian Collection is the largest collection of documents, seals, and other artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia in the United States, and one of the leading collections of cuneiform tablets in the world. This collection is housed on the third floor of the Sterling Memorial Library.
the Special Collections of the Yale Divinity School Library
the Microform Reading Room, located in the basement of Sterling Memorial Library
Librarian for Middle East Studies
Sterling Memorial Library Room 333A
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