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
The following is a selection of subject matter that the Dept. of
Archives and Special Collections consider to be of interest to have
- 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
- 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" is a student publication that very
charmingly reflects much of student life in the first half of
this century. The magazines are handwritten
- 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
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.
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
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.