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American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)
Kaoukab Chebaro (Project Director: July 2015 to present)

The Palestinian Oral History Archive at the American University of Beirut Libraries

The creation of an online searchable platform for 1,062 hours of oral histories recording the experiences of first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

The goal of the Palestinian Oral History Archive is to produce an online searchable state-of-the-art digital platform that will feature over 1,000 hours of testimonies with first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon, hailing from over 130 uprooted communities in Palestine. The project was initiated through a partnership between the American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI). The archive, which will be housed in the University Libraries in Beirut, will digitize, index, catalog, and preserve the material, and make it accessible to scholars, educators, artists, and community organizations around the world to stimulate research and engagement on public history research, education, and cultural preservation.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Near and Middle Eastern History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$259,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 7/31/2019