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the center for arab american studies (caas)

In 2001-2002 academic year, The Center for Arab American Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, began an Arab America and Chaldean Archive Project.  The purpose of the Project was to collect and preserve the documents and records of Arab Americans and Chaldean organizations, families and individuals.  The collections would be kept in a safe environment, protected from fire, weather, loss, and other hazards.  Most importantly, these collections would be permanently available to scholars and community members.  However, unlike a library, these records would not be available for loan and would be for only “in-house” use so there would be minimal chance for loss. Thus, the beginning of the Oral History Project began, and the goal was to expand campus offerings on Arab and Arab American topics; to generate research relevant to the needs of the community, and to help promote accurate information about the community and its culture.*

* See: http://casl.umd.umich.edu/caas/ReporttoFriends-Winter04n.pdf

Biographical Resources; Arab Americans
See: http://www.lib.umich.edu/area/Near.East/arabamericans.pdf

Collection Creators; Arab Americans

See: http://bentley.umich.edu/bhl/mhchome/arabamerican/creator.htm

The archival holdings are stored at the Bentley Historical Library on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. (See: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor)