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Arab & Middle Eastern Studies

A guide to Arab & Middle East Studies.

Special Collections at Georgetown University Library

The Booth Family Center for Special Collections  (located on the 5th floor of Lauinger) has the papers of many diplomats and statesmen, as well as William E. Mulligan's Papers on Saudi ARAMCO, which provide a glimpse into the making of modern Saudi Arabia through selected archives from Saudi Aramco (includes many photographs as well as correspondence). BFCSC librarians are very helpful & knowledgeable about the collections & welcome inquiries.

Saudi Arabia Collections

The Booth Family Center for Special Collections in the Georgetown University Library contains a number of manuscripts collections concerning the history of Saudi Arabia.  Manuscripts collections are generally collections of an individual's personal papers or an organization's records.  One of the primary collecting areas of the Booth Family Center is international affairs.  The Saudi Arabian collections fall under that category.

Most of the collections related to Saudi Arabia in Special Collections document the history of ARAMCO, the Arabian American Oil Company.  This list of Saudi Arabia related collections below provides links to the finding aid for each collection.  Finding aids give details about the contents of each specific collection. Some of these collections are stored off-site, and it usually takes a few business days to recall boxes from off-site storage.

Diplomatic and International Affairs Collections

The Booth Family Center for Special Collections in the Georgetown University Library preserves many manuscripts collections concerning American diplomacy and international affairs. Manuscripts collections are essentially personal papers generated by an individual or records created by an organization. Manuscripts collections may include letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, printed items, meeting minutes, born-digital documents, and other typed of materials.

It is fitting that the Booth Family Center collects in these areas as the School of Foreign Service is a prominent entity at Georgetown University. The diplomats whose papers we curate served in a wide array of countries all over the world. Many of these manuscripts collections are stored in off-site storage. It usually takes a few business days to recall boxes from storage. Please contact Special Collections well ahead of your visit. 

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