Test - Archives and Special Collections

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.

What Materials Comprise Special Collections?

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.

  • Rare books
  • Maps
  • Brochures
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Oral histories
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Personal documents
  • Films
  • Sound recordings

Five Thematic Areas

Arab Heritage and Gulf Crossroads

Over 2,500 rare books and publications, some dating back as far as the 16th century.

Photobook Collection

This collection of over 300 titles reflects the growing interest in photography as an art form within the UAE.

Maps and Mapmaking

Tracing the evolution of maps of Arabia and its adjacent regions over the past five centuries.

Global Shakespeare Collection

750 titles in over 25 different languages.

Cinema and Filmmaking in the Gulf and Mashreq

Approximately 400 works by filmmakers throughout the Arab world.

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Campus Center (C2), Floor 3
We are located in the back of the library, between Library Administration and the Campus Technology Center.

Brad Bauer
Librarian for Archives and Special Collections
Email: nyuad-asc-group@nyu.edu
Lauren Kata
Assistant Librarian for Archives and Special Collections
Email: lauren.kata@nyu.edu