Archives and Special Collections materials are available to NYUAD students, faculty, and staff, as well as qualified researchers from the UAE and abroad. Our goal is to provide access to rare and unique primary source materials that support the teaching and research needs of students and faculty, and promote scholarship and interest in the history of the UAE, the Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula, and the wider region. In addition, Archives and Special Collections also houses the University Archives of NYUAD, collecting and preserving records that document the history and development of this campus.
As primary source materials, the holdings of Archives and Special Collections include rare books, maps, brochures, pamphlets, photographs, posters, oral histories, correspondence, diaries, personal documents, films, and sound recordings, among other materials. The characteristics that they share are that they were usually created by eyewitnesses to or participants in historic events or movements, and such materials initially served a different purpose than the scholarly and informational purposes we use them for today.
There are over 25 distinct archival collections currently, filling nearly 170 linear feet (54 linear meters) of shelving space. Listed below are highlights of some of these collections.
Ahmed Zaki Abu Shadi family papers (MC.065)
Papers, manuscripts, photographs, art works, ephemera, and realia of the Egyptian poet, publisher, physician and bee scientist, Ahmed Zaki Abu Shadi (1892-1955), and his immediate family, documenting his literary activities in early 20th century Egypt, and subsequent life as an emigre in the United States. (20 linear feet, currently in process)
Ali Akbar Bushiri collection (MC.039)
Business ledgers, financial records, property deeds, and correspondence that illustrate the role of Iranian merchants in Bahrain in the early to mid-20th century, and collected papers of other merchants and “native agents” who worked for the British Residency in the Gulf during the 18th and 19th centuries. (25 linear feet in 12 document boxes, 17 oversize boxes)
Andrew Eisenberg collection of East African commercial sound recordings (MC.035)
Digitized audio files and associated metadata for hundreds of commercial sound recordings produced for East African audiences, and in particular, African and Arab audiences of the Swahili Coast, between the late 1920s and the first decade of the twenty-first century. Collected by musicologist and NYUAD professor Andrew J. Eisenberg.
Emirates Bird Record Committee records (MC.057)
Detailed bird-watching logs, and associated correspondence and documented, as compiled by a group of expatriate volunteers living in the UAE from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. These materials present some of the most extensive and detailed records of species of birds documented in the Emirates during this period. (in processing, 6.75 linear feet)
Frauke Heard-Bey and David Heard collection (MC.064)
Books, periodicals, government publications, reports, magazines, newspapers, and other printed material related to the history of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates, the oil industry in the region, and government publications, collected by historians Frauke Heard-Bey and David Heard, and reflective of their activities and interests during their half-century as residents of Abu Dhabi, from the 1960s onward. (in processing, circa 20 linear feet)
Guiliano Garavini collection (MC.038)
Digital copies, in PDF format, of minutes of conference meetings of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and associated documents, from the beginning of the conference in 1960 up to 1986, acquired by historian Giuliano Garavini during the research and writing of his book The Rise and Fall of OPEC in the Twentieth Century. (405 MB, 113 records)
Graham Anthony Hill papers (MC.052)
Photographs, broadsheets, documents, periodicals, and books, related chiefly to the military service of Graham Anthony Hill, an officer with the British Army, who served with the Trucial Oman Scouts and Union Defence Force, in the early 1970s, in the Trucial States and later, the United Arab Emirates. (0.4 linear feet, 1 document box)
Vardan Hovhannisyan video recordings (MC.001)
Raw footage created by an Armenian cameraman and documentary filmmaker, capturing the turbulent years of the late 1980s and early 1990s in the Caucasus, including demonstrations calling for Armenian independence from the Soviet Union, devastation from the 1988 Gyumri earthquake, and front-line combat in the enclave of Nargorno-Karabakh. (128 video recordings, 30 hours)
John B. Kelly papers (MC.058)
Extensive research materials, including copied archival documents, maps, and drafts of texts, from the late British historian of Eastern Arabia, J.B. Kelly (1925-2009). Including first-hand material documenting his role as an advisor to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Sultanate of Oman between the 1960s and 1980s, and photographs from his visits to the region.
Max Kreutzberger Palestine collection (MC.009)
Official reports, debates, correspondence and opinion literature regarding the administration of British-controlled mandate Palestine, collected by Max Kreutzberger (1900-1978), a German-Jewish historian and social worker, and subsequent founder of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. (3.75 linear feet in 9 document boxes)
Marcel Kurpershoek papers (MC.054)
Field notes, transcripts, manuscript drafts, and research materials compiled by the Dutch diplomat and scholar of the Bedouin spoken-poetry of central Arabia. Includes original and rare source materials used by Kurpershoek in his doctoral dissertation on the Egyptian writer Yusuf Idris, including transcripts of original interviews with him. (8.5 linear feet, in 20 boxes, 120 books, oversize photographs, and maps)
Chris Kutschera ephemera collection (MC.010)
A collection of books, pamphlets, brochures, postcards, maps, and other ephemera acquired by French journalist Paul Maubec (also known as Chris Kutschera) during his time as a journalist covering the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and the USSR. Much of the collection is made up of travel-related materials: maps, guidebooks, and exhibition catalogues, with a special emphasis on the Kurdistan region of Iraq. (2.5 linear feet in 2 records cartons, 1 document case, 2 oversize folders)
Salwa Mikdadi papers (MC.022)
An extensive set of documentation about contemporary Arab artists, both in the region and the diaspora, assembled by art historian and NYUAD faculty member Mikdadi. Dossiers of over 200 such artists include correspondence, biographical documents, photographs, and audio- and video-recordings, forming one of the most comprehensive, publicly available research collections on this topic. Additional records document Mikdadi’s role as a curator designing and realizing exhibitions about contemporary Arab art in museums in the United States and elsewhere. (20.5 linear feet, 49 document boxes).
Hiner Saleem film scripts (MC.018)
The Hiner Saleem film scripts collection consists of seven screenplays of films by Iraqi-born Kurdish filmmaker Hiner Saleem (born 1964). (0.4 linear feet, 1 document box)