The American Periodicals Series brings the early days of U.S. history alive through more than 7,000,000 digitized page images from over 1,000 periodicals spanning 200 years. The wide variety of content ranges from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, first published in 1741, to literary and professional journals, specialized titles, and such well-known magazines as Vanity Fair, Ladies' Home Journal, Scientific American, and The Dial.
The UNO Library is home to a unique collection of books, photos and artifacts from and about Afghanistan. Scholars from around the world use materials housed within the UNO Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection. Shaista Wahab introduces us to maps dating to the 1500s, a beautiful handwritten illuminated volume of Persian poetry and other distinct items from the collection.
One of the largest collections of Afghanistan research materials in the world is housed at the Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Scholars are provided with expert assistance and access to the comprehensive, unique, and well-organized resources of the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection.
The collection contains over 20,000 titles. A number of documents in the collection, such as a decorated manuscript of "Haft Aurang," poems by Jami (1414 - 1492), are rare and unique to this library.
The collection is especially strong in 19th and early 20th century English language books by British authors conveying their personal experiences and the British Indian government's policy concerning Afghanistan. English, Dari, and Pashto are the primary languages of the collection. Materials are in twenty-four different languages. Most items are cataloged and may be searched and identified through the library's catalog.
Using the Collection
The Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection serves the research needs of all interested scholars. Due to the archival nature of the collection, items are used in the library, and not available via interlibrary loan. Advance appointments are recommended. Photocopying is usually permitted unless it violates copyright law or might cause damage.
Libraries and cultural institutions throughout Afghanistan have been devastated by a quarter-century of conflict, and many vital texts were lost. The Criss Library initiated a multi-year digitization project to ensure availability of its resources for the purposes of public access, research, and scholarship. The Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection in UNO’s institutional repository includes a wide variety of books, journals, maps, photographs, and other documents.
In the fall of 1974, the library received Arthur Paul's private collection of 1,200 books and periodicals on Afghanistan. Mr. Paul
(1898 - 1976) served as an economic advisor to the Royal Government of Afghanistan from 1960 to 1965, and during his service, he collected Afghanistan related materials written in Dari, Pashto and English.
Extensive 19th and 20th century political histories of Afghanistan.
Material on all aspects of Afghan lives from pre-historic periods to the present.
Detailed Anglo-Afghan war descriptions.
Unique and historic maps dating from the 16th century to the present.
Photograph collections including "The Afghan Folio" by Luke Powell, and "Afghanistan: Images of War" by Bruce Richardson.
Oral histories covering the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Constitutions of Afghanistan.
In 2003, Shaista Wahab, librarian for the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection, was the Archivist for the Constitutional Loya Jirga, Afghanistan's General Assembly, as it worked to write a new constitution for Afghanistan. The constitutional history of Afghanistan thus became a logical focus for the collection
For inquiries or appointments with the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection librarian, telephone (402) 554-2404 or email Shaista Wahab
Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0237