Archive Spotlights

Sep 7, 2021  |  2021

Archive Spotlight: The Reverend Tobia Attallah Letter Collection

This is a short blog post written by Amanda Forbes of the Khayrallah Center. If you would like to read the letters on our digital archive please click here.  If you would like to read more about this family’s story […]

Jul 27, 2021

My Mother’s 78 RPM Arabic Record Collection

In 2020 the Khayrallah Center Archive was gifted 32 vinyl records of Arabic music from Kail Ellis as an addition to the Angele Hobeiche Kmeid-Ellis Collection, which can be viewed here and over the course of the past year the […]

Nov 2, 2020

The Arab American Archive Collaborative: Enriching the Field by Increasing Public Access to Early Arab American Life

In July 2019 archivists, librarians, and researchers from the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the Arab American National Museum, and the Houston Metropolitan Center partnered for a National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) Planning Grant titled: […]

Aug 17, 2020

Letters from Afar: New Khayrallah Center collection of letters from West Africa to Lebanon

Introduction In 1936 Nadim Attallah, a Lebanese immigrant living in Conakry, Guinea (West Africa), wrote an exasperated and desperate letter to his father, Maronite Rev. Tobia Attallah of Bayt Shabab village . He chided him: “I am astounded that after […]

May 19, 2020

Announcing the Angele Hobeiche Kmeid-Ellis Collection

The Khayrallah Center is excited to announce a three part project centered on an extraordinary collection of over three-hundred letters received by Angele Ellis from friends and family in Lebanon, Cuba, Canada, Chile, and France. They are written in Arabic, […]

Dec 5, 2018

A Tour of the Ameen Rihani Museum in Freike, Lebanon

Introduction In the summer of 2018, Khayrallah Center intern Hannah Chaya traveled to Freike, Lebanon to help digitize the contents of the Ameen Rihani Museum. The Khayrallah Center has embarked on an extensive project in collaboration with the Ameen Rihani […]

Jan 10, 2018

Archive Spotlight: Historic Arabic Newspaper Digitization Project

In addition to our family collections, one of the Khayrallah Center Archive’s core collections is our growing trove of historic Arabic newspapers, literary journals, and magazines. Between 1890 and 1950, migrants from Greater Syria established a remarkably active and diverse […]

Oct 4, 2017

Archive Spotlight: New Sources on Commerce and Business

The relationship between Lebanese immigrants and commerce is often shrouded in myth. As part of their efforts to gain acceptance into American society, scholars such as Kalil Bishara argued in the immigrant press that “Syrians” were descendants of sea-faring Phoenicians […]

Feb 18, 2016

Archive Spotlight: Basil M. Kerbawy, Early Lebanese American Historian and Advocate

This post is written by Claire Kempa,  a MA student of Public History at NC State University. At the Center, she works on the digital archive and on Mashriq & Mahjar: A Journal of Middle East Migration Studies. Read more about this […]

Dec 9, 2015

The Noble Sentiments: A Community in Transition

This post is written by Dr. Akram Khater, Director of The Khayrallah Center and Professor of History at NC State University, a University Faculty Scholar, and the editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. He has published extensively […]