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Oral Histories from the Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection

The Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection is the result of research conducted by Dr. Alixa Naff on the early Arab immigrant experience in the United States from about 1880 through World War II. The study began with oral history interviews in 1962 and became a major project in 1980 with a grant from the National Endowment for the …

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Oral Histories from the Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection

Rosemary Hakim Collection

The Rosemary Hakim reigned as the first “Miss Lebanon-America” in 1954, which earned her a months-long trip to Lebanon as an official guest of the Lebanese government, serving as a cultural ambassador from the Arab American community. Her unpublished memoir details her journey to her homeland and the copious amounts of press coverage …

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Rosemary Hakim Collection

May Assaff Papers

May Assaff grew up in West Roxbury, Massachusetts and joined the Women’s Army Corps, the women’s auxiliary of the U.S. Army, during World War II. Many people considered it to be quite daring for a woman to join the WACs, as it was called, but Assaff was encouraged by her mother. She was stationed in Tallahassee and taught secretarial …

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May Assaff Papers

Evelyn Shakir Collection

Evelyn Catherine Shakir grew up in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of first generation Lebanese Americans Hannah and Wadie Shakir and grew up in a community largely comprised of Lebanese immigrants. As a result, she held a special fondness for those that shared her family’s culture. She had a passion for writing and …

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Evelyn Shakir Collection

Joseph Howar Collection

This collection includes photographs and documents that tell the life story of A. Joseph Howar, a significant Arab American businessman and developer.

 

Joseph Howar was born Mohammad Issa Abu Al Hawa around 1879 in Palestine and arrived in America as Abraham Joseph Howar in 1904. Like many new immigrants, he began working as a …

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Joseph Howar Collection

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