The Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection at the University Library is the largest collection of Afghan materials in the country. The Collection is dedicated to the preservation of Afghanistan's history and cultural heritage for current and future generations of scholars.

History of the Collection: In 1974, the University Library received Arthur Paul's private collection of Afghanistan materials consisting of some one thousand items in Persian, Pashto and English languages. Mr. Paul [1898-1976] served as an economic advisor to the Royal Government of Afghanistan from 1960 to 1965. During his service in Afghanistan, he collected Afghanistan materials for his private library. His collection of Afghanistan materials included published and unpublished materials on all subjects and disciplines pertaining to Afghanistan. The University Library has made extensive efforts to further enrich the collection. Currently the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection holds more than 12,000 titles. The Collection contains materials on all subject areas pertaining to Afghan life and culture which includes economics, education, folklore, law, agriculture, language, architecture, geology, geography, history and literature. Documents in this collection are in more than 24 different languages. However, the majority of the materials are in English, Persian/Dari, and Pashto languages. Also included in the collection are photographs by Luke Powell.

Use of the Collection: The Collection is available for research to all interested scholars. The collection can be used by appointment, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Materials are to be used in the Library in designated reading areas, and will not be checked out. Photocopying is usually permitted unless it violates copyright law or damages the material.

For further information call (402)554-2404 or (402)554-2884 or write:
Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection
University of Nebraska at Omaha Library
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0237

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Digitized Afghanistan Materials in English from the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection