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Archives and Manuscripts Collections

Hamid Said's Studio

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library maintains archives, personal papers, and other collections of primary sources related to modern Egyptian cultural, artistic, intellectual, political, economic, and social life. Archives related to architecture and scholarship on Egypt’s ancient and medieval past are also available. These collections contain material in a variety of formats, including correspondence, writings, printed items, drawings and photographs and other visual resources, and memorabilia and artifacts. Archives staff also manage the AUC University Archives.


Certain formats are maintained by other units of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library: Photographic portions of collections by the Photographs curator, and architectural plans and drawings by the Regional Architecture Collections unit; Maps are also managed separately.

Topics and research areas covered by collections maintained by the Archives include:


Architecture and the Built Environment
Arts and Culture
Economics and Business Archives
Ethnic, Foreign, and Religious Subcommunities
Society, Government, Law, and Journalism
Travel and Tourism
Women’s History




Hawawini Calligraphy

How to Find Archives and Special Collections Materials

Guides and indexes to Archives and Special Collections may be accessed by the Archives’ Archival Finding Aids database or by searching the AUC Library Catalog.  Selected digitized holdings can be accessed through the Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library and the AUC DAR Repository. Archived versions of websites can be browsed at AUC’s Web Archive.

Using Archives and Special Collections

Research assistance is available via email, by telephone, or in person, but appointments should be made for research visits. To plan your visit and arrange for access, see Visiting and Access to the Library. Doing Research at the RBSCL provides guidance and policies and procedures for using and citing and permission to publish Regional Architecture Collections materials. Reproductions & Digitization information is also available.

Location, Hours, Contact Information

Kleber Court Document

The Archives is located within the Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL), in Room 3034 on the third floor of the Library building on AUC’s New Cairo campus. Archives staff members are available from the hours of 9 am until 4 pm, Sunday through Thursday. Contact Archives staff members at, or see the RBSCL Contact Us page for staff email addresses and telephone numbers.




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