AUB Archives and Special Collections - Jafet Library

The University Archives and Special Collections at the Jafet Library contain several collections of archived material that are good subjects for digitization in terms both of digital preservation and ease of retrieval for research and publishing.

In several cases, the material is of wide scholarly interest in that it is eminently representative of AUB's role in both local and regional society. It therefore deserves attention with respect both to conservation through digital archiving and wider accessibility through international publication.

The following is a selection of subject matter that the Dept. of Archives and Special Collections consider to be of interest to have digitally archived:

    The Poster Collection
    Contains a section of 364 political posters issued in the 1960s-1980s period and covers the Civil War in Lebanon. The Poster Collection (in its AUB and non-AUB parts) is completely catalogued.

    The posters will be photographed and tranferred to CDs. The recording will take place in controlled lighting conditions for color fidelity.

    The Oral History project
    Interviews with 36 eminent personalities from the Arab world were carried out by the Center for Middle Eastern and Arabic Studies from 1968 to 1974 and are recorded on 102 audio-cassettes. The interviews are transcribed into Arabic.

    Portions that can be released are suitable for a demonstration project.

    AUB Catalogue 1972 - present
    Voluminous scanning job.

    "Campus" 1963 - present
    Student yearbooks in 22 volumes. Also a voluminous scanning job that will relieve the job of retrieving the material by hand on each inquiry. It might be reasoned that this would be an appropriate project for alumni associations as they are the primary source of inquiries.

    "Book Accessions"
    Books aquisitions starting in 1892. The material is interesting in tracing back the early aquisitions of the Library and is a helpful tool for consultation.

    "Pioneers"
    "Pioneers" is a student publication that very charmingly reflects much of student life in the first half of this century. The magazines are handwritten originals.

    College Hall
    University Archives has extensive information sources such as articles, excerpts from monographs, videos, photographs and memorabilia about College Hall before its destruction and during its reconstruction.

    The subject is ideal for digital recording of various formats, but publication would equire and extensive editing job familiar with the history of the building.

    The President's Report 1867 -
    A voluminous scanning job.

    Faculty Minutes
    A voluminous scanning job.

Other material

In common with other university archives, the University Archives and Special Collections department are in posession of various other material such as maps, manuscripts and photographs, which for various reasons are not yet ready for digital recording.

It is worth noting however, that digitizing might be appropriate for reasons of emergency preservation of material that is in danger of deteriorating before become generally available for reference and research. Digital recording would also facilitate registration work on uncatalogued material.


Created by the Digital Documentation Center at AUB in collaboration with Al Mashriq of Høgskolen i Østfold, Norway.

970709/970730-bl - Email: ddc-info@aub.edu.lb