Institute for Palestine Studies

Collection Type: Library Research center

The Institute for Palestine Studies began seriously collecting photographs in the early 1970s as a vital part of the cultural heritage and historical record of the Palestinian people. IPS is particularly proud to have amassed an archive in which photographs by Palestinians predominate.

Together, the various IPS collections total over 10,000 photos, many of them historical and unique, constituting a precious resource for those interested not only in the history of Palestine but also in the history of photography. The collections span the late 19th century to recent times, but by far the richest holdings are from the pre-1948 period. The subject matter ranges from Palestinian daily life (occupational, cultural, and leisure pursuits of all classes and population groups), through landscape and architecture, to military, public, and political activities and events. The some 400 photographs showcased in Walid Khalidi’s classic Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948 (first published in 1984) were all selected from the various IPS collections.

[caption id="attachment_694" align="alignnone" width="300"] Jerusalem street scene outside Jaffa Gate, early 1940s. Khalil Raad Collection.
© Institute for Palestine Studies[/caption]    

With regard to the post-1948 period, the photographs cover in particular life in refugee camps, the 1967 war, and periods of the Lebanese civil war, including the 1982 Israeli invasion. The collections came to IPS by donation or purchase.

Collection Details

  • 11 collections, including Khalil Raad's, Wasif Jawhariyyah's, Eric Matson's, and others

Contact Details

  • Name: Jeannette Sarouphim
  • Occupation: Librarian
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  • Address: Anis Nsouli Street Off Verdun P.O.Box 11-7164 Postal Code 1107 2230, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Tel: +961 1 810 037 ext. 128
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