Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Today is International Archives Day!

June 9, 2010 has been declared International Archives Day by the International Council on Archives.

On 9 June 1948 the International Council on Archives (ICA) was founded at UNESCO in Paris. The ICA has decided that an International Archives Day shall be celebrated on 9 June and the first ever International Archives Day is, therefore, also the 60th anniversary of ICA. (source)

To celebrate, we're highlighting archives within Egypt, as well as institutions that have archival holdings related to Egypt.

The National Archives of Egypt is one of the richest archives in the world, containing an enormous number of documents dating back to 6th century H. / 12th Century A.D. up till the present day.


Bibliotheca Alexandrina developed a partnership with the Internet Archive based on the principles of preserving the heritage for future generations and ensuring universal access to human knowledge. They now have a copy of the complete holdings of the Internet Archive, which can be visited here and include:
  • 10 billion web pages from 1996-2001.
  • 2000 hours of Egyptian and US television broadcast.
  • 1000 archival films.
  • 100 terabytes of data (100,000,000,000,000 characters) stored on 200 computers.
  • A book scanning facility for scanning local books (source)

Bibliotecha Alexandrina also has digital archives [both in Arabic] for former Egyptian Presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar El Sadat. Both collections have audio files, videos, official documents, government pamphlets and more.

The Egyptian National Library and Archive has an extensive collection of rare coins, manuscripts and papyrus, among other artifacts.


The Brooklyn Musuem has 290 images in their digital archive tagged "Egpyt"....

white the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery has over 8,000 items with the tag "Egypt"
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All these archives, along with the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at AUC, are here to serve your interests, research projects and information needs. Let us know how we can better serve you, or share with us your favorite archives!