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Researching Palestine at Harvard: Culture

Finding Aid for Harvard Library Collections


Topics of across the humanities include arts, architecture, music, photography and theatre.

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When Searching for topics pertaining to Palestinian Culture in Hollis be sure to perform your search in both Arabic and English. 
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  • Archive of World Music, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library: archival field recordings of music worldwide, as well as commercial audiovisual recordings and streaming resources of ethnomusicological interest. (Search Hollis - Narrow by Resource Type: Archives/Manuscript - Narrow by Location: Loeb Music Library)


    • Fine Arts Library: more than 150,000 photographs and slides documenting Islamic art and architecture, as well as ethnographic views that provide cultural context. (Access in Hollis)
    • Harvard Semitic Museum Photographic Archives: more than 38,000 images in a variety of formats. (Access in Hollis)
    •  ArchNet Digital Library:  an online community for architects and scholars with a special focus on the Islamic world, based at MIT, features a virtual library of digitized books, journals, reference tools, as well as thousands of images of architecture in the Islamic world.
    • Photographs of Israeli education from the Israel Sun Photo Archive
    • Hollis Images: Judaica Digital Images collection has over 5.5 million images and growing.
    • Judaica Digital Collection: Photographs: Among the collections are historical photographs that document:
      • the history of the Zionist movement and the development of the Jewish community in Israel over the past century (from the Central Zionist Archives and the Jewish National Fund Archive)
      • images documenting everyday Israeli life over the past 50 years, including contemporary Israel (from the archives of photographers including Eldad Rafaeli, David Harris, Yitshak Amit, Reuven Milon, Israel Haramati, and Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun Ltd.)
      • photographs of Jewish life in the Galilee, especially kibbutzim (from the archives of kibbutzim in the Galilee through a project with the Yigal Alon Center)
      • photographs documenting Israeli theatrical, dance and music performances (from the archives of photographers including Gerard Allon, Gadi Dagon, Eyal Landesman, and Yossi Zwecker)
    • Hollis Images (Search Palestine)




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Andras Riedlmayer

Bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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