Archives & Special Collections University Libraries


The Archives & Special Collections Department (ASC) collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to unique, historic, and rare primary sources that document the history and culture of AUB, Lebanon, the Arab World, and the region at large. ASC's robust collections span centuries of knowledge and research produced about and from the region, in different formats (written, spoken, illustrated, and composed). Our collections include more than 1,800 manuscripts; 35,000 rare books; 10,000 volumes of AUB theses, projects, and dissertations; 10,000 periodicals: 11,500 posters; 1,200 postcards; 2,000 maps; 100,000 photographs; and 1,200 linear feet of archival material, including papers of famous intellectuals, journalists, musicians, artists, and politicians.