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Yale University Library News, Events and Exhibits: NEH funds preservation of Arabic collection NEH funds preservation of Arabic collection

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $300,000 grant to Yale Library for preservation of its Salisbury Collection. The Salisbury Collection at Yale began in 1870 with a gift from Edward Elbridge Salisbury, the first professor of Arabic Languages and Culture at Yale College. It has grown over the years into a comprehensive collection of foundational works on Islamic law, history, religion, science, mathematics and poetry, along with a large collection of European imprints that document European scholars' first systematic study of Arab religions, language and cultures.

Today, the Salisbury Collection consists of approximately 16,000 items and forms the core of the Library’s Near East Collection of over 400,000 volumes supporting Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to providing a wealth of information for scholars, the Near East Collection, and in particular the Salisbury Collection, directly supports the teaching of courses from the Yale Program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. According to Simon Samoeil, curator of the Near East Collection at Yale Library, “The project will enable us to make the collection more accessible to a wider audience through microfilming and other preservation activities. We are delighted to be able to conserve this collection for use by present and future generations.”

Contact: Simon Samoeil, curator, Near East Collection or Roberta Pilette, principal investigator, head of Preservation

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