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Travelers in the Middle East collection of travel guides, narratives and images

 Collection
Identifier: MS 0585
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the physical materials that are represented digitally in the Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA), a collection created to make possible the study of Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travel to Egypt in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The materials are of diverse types: images in the forms of post cards, photographs, and stereograph films; articles, pamphlets, and travel guidebooks; maps, and souvenirs.

Dates

  • 1852 - 2004

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) Collection must be obtained through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical / Historical

The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) is an archive of materials that reflect Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly Egypt, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This collection is composed of physical items in the archive apart from illustrations and photographs in books that are referenced in the related digital project, which is online at timea.rice.edu. These physical items are a variety of formats, including travel guides, museum catalogs, travel narratives; post cards and stereographic views of monuments, street scenes, people, and events; maps; pamphlets; souvenir programs; and souvenir objects.

The collection was assembled by Dr. Paula Sanders, Professor of History at Rice University. Many of the items were acquired over the period of time she prepared to write Creating Medieval Cairo: Empire, religion, and architectural preservation in nineteenth-century Egypt (American University in Cairo Press, 2008). Her gathering of items began when she was Scholar in Residence at the American Research Center in Egypt in 1995-96.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection consists of the physical materials that are represented digitally in the Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA), a collection created to make possible the study of Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travel to Egypt in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The materials are of diverse types: images in the forms of post cards, photographs, and stereograph films; articles, pamphlets, and travel guidebooks; maps, and souvenirs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. Paula Sanders, January 2016.

Related Materials

Published books donated as part of this collection have been cataloged separately in the Woodson's rare book collection, stored off-site at the Library Service Center. These books can be identified by having the following note: "Donated by Paula Sanders. This text is part of the Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA), funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITi), Rice University."

See also: Sanders, Paula. Creating Medieval Cairo: Empire, religion, and architectural preservation in nineteenth-century Egypt.

Related Materials

This collection of physical materials is to some some degree represented online by the Travelers in the Middle East project (TIMEA) located at http://timea.rice.edu/. The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) is a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. TIMEA offers electronic texts such as travel guides, museum catalogs, and travel narratives, photographic and hand-drawn images of Egypt, and historical maps of Egypt and Cyprus. In addition, TIMEA provides educational modules that set the materials in context and explore how to conduct historical research.
Title
Guide to the Travelers in the Middle East collection of travel guides, narratives and images, circa 1852-2004
Status
Completed
Author
Mary Tobin / Amanda Focke
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Contact:
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA