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New to the Digital Archive: The Linda Layne Collection! We are thrilled to announce the addition of the Linda Layne Collection to the ACOR Digital Archive. Dr. Layne's anthropological research in the Jordan Valley in the early 1980s documents life in a rural village among settled Bedouin people. You can learn more about Dr. Layne and her collection in our finding aid and view her photos in our Digital Archive. Finding Aid Photographs Announcing the 2024 Title VI Educator Fellowships The Educator Fellowships provide community college or minority-serving institution faculty members the opportunity to develop curricular resources relating to the Middle East utilizing the ACOR Digital Archives as a non-resident fellow. Continue Reading Announcing the ACOR Digital Archive: Developing a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Resource PHOTO ARCHIVES Based on the success of the ACOR Photo Archive Project, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded ACOR an American Overseas Research Center (AORC) Title VI grant for a new project entitled “ACOR Digital Archive: Developing a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Resource. Continue Reading Announcing the Robert Schick Collection HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY We are thrilled to announce that 4000+ 35mm slides from the Robert Schick Collection have been made available. Dr. Schick has worked in Jordan since the 1980s, and this collection documents excavations in Petra, el-Quweisma, Umm el-Jimal and Umm er-Rasas among many other sites. View Collection PHOTO ARCHIVES ACOR Photo Archive Project 2016-2020: Building a Valuable Resource for “a Diverse, International Community” Since the launch of the photo archive platform in 2017, archive images have been in constant use by high-school and university students, professors, researchers, publishers, and prestigious institutions, such as the Smithsonian. Continue Reading HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY Launch: USAID SCHEP Collection at ACOR Continue Reading The USAID SCHEP collection is now live! Read our introductory photo essay to find out more about the USAID SCHEP project and how these images may be used by researchers, heritage practitioners, students, and others. Then, visit our curated photo galleries to start exploring the collection. HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY The ACOR Photo Archive: Mobilizing Digital Tools to Preserve Visual Heritage A public lecture by Dr. Jack Green and Jessica Holland. Newly digitized, these 28,000 images and their associated metadata provide an especially valuable frame of reference with which to understand Jordanian heritage. Watch video Unearthing the Past: ACOR from 1988 to 1991 through the lens of Bert de Vries HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY Bert de Vries has been involved with ACOR since 1968 and he has the most extensive living history of the institution. His knowledge of its past provides a rich well from which we can draw illustrations about life at ACOR during the late 1980s in Jordan. We sat down with him to talk about his photos and time at ACOR. Continue Reading
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Wadi Rum, 1992

Jane Taylor collection
Jane Taylor, a published author famous for her photographs of Petra, donated a collection of over 7,000 photographs to ACOR in 2015. Jane Taylor’s collection captures pivotal moments during the last 30 years in the Arab region and Asia, featuring subjects spanning cultural heritage to social history.  In addition to extensive coverage of Jordan (including many aerial shots), the collection includes photography from Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and Syria. Taylor’s collection also includes her work with UNICEF in the aftermath of the Gulf War in the 1990s.

Jane Taylor collection Finding Aid

Petra, date unknown

Rami Khouri collection
Rami Khouri is an Arab American journalist, editor, and political commentator. Khouri served as editor-in-chief of Jordan’s English-language daily, The Jordan Times, from 1975 to 1982 and again from 1987.  Khouri was the first director and is now a Senior Fellow of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), and he is a professor at the American University of Beirut. The Rami Khouri collection features many archaeological and cultural heritage sites, as well as photo-journalistic documentation of daily life and events in the region from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Khouri’s collection includes 35mm slides, negatives and photographic prints, VHS and beta video cassettes, and printed materials.

Rami Khouri collection Finding Aid
(Coming soon)

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Jerusalem, 1955

George Bass collection 
George Bass is known to many in the archaeological world as the founding father of nautical archaeology. He was the director of the first archaeological expedition to entirely excavate an ancient shipwreck (Cape Gelydonia, 1960) and he also founded the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) in 1973. The George Bass collection at ACOR includes photos from Jordan, the West Bank, Lebanon, and Syria, offering rare insight into famous heritage sites over half a century ago, as well as the impressions and escapades of Bass as a young man travelling through the region, shared through his letters.

George Bass collection Finding Aid

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Tell er-Rumeith, 1967

Paul and Nancy Lapp collection

Paul and Nancy Lapp began their archaeological training together in Palestine in 1957 and remained in the region until 1968, living and working at the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR) in Jerusalem. After Paul’s death in 1970, Nancy Lapp dedicated herself to publishing their numerous excavation reports. Nancy Lapp is Curator Emerita of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology in Pittsburgh and a Trustee Emerita of the ACOR Board of Trustees. The Paul and Nancy Lapp collection is comprised of c.4,500 35mm slides taken between 1957–2002 and includes photographs of excavations throughout Jordan as well as images from their extensive travels in the region.

Paul and Nancy Lapp collection Finding Aid

Madaba, 1944-45

Charles Wilson collection

The Charles Wilson collection was donated to ACOR by Jane Taylor. The collection is made up of a series of print photographs taken between 1944-45 when Wilson was purchasing provisions for the British army. The photographs show agricultural processes, the transportation of wheat and straw by handcart and camel, and Jordan’s famous heritage sites including Petra’s monastery and royal tombs and Amman’s Roman Theater.

Charles Wilson collection Finding Aid

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Margat, Syria, 1982

Linda K. Jacobs collection

Linda K. Jacobs, published author and archaeologist, donated a photograph collection to ACOR which includes images of cultural heritage sites from the 1980s, now threatened by the unstable political situation. Jacobs spent a year living in Jordan working on an archaeological dig. Jacobs’ collection includes photographs from both Syria and Jordan.

Linda K. Jacobs collection Finding Aid

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al-Karak, 1994

Robert Schick collection

Dr. Robert Schick is an archaeologist and a historian of the Byzantine and Islamic periods with a special interest in the city of Jerusalem during the Islamic periods. His collection online currently numbers ~6,500 images, with more to be added later.

The Schick collection documents the regions archaeological sites from 1970–when the Schick family lived in Jerusalem–to the early 2000s. Numerous excavations in Jordan are documented in the collection, including Lejjun, Umm er-Rasas, Umm el-Jimal, and the Petra Church, amongst many others.

Robert Schick collection Finding Aid

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Petra, 1988-90

Bert de Vries collection

Bert de Vries was ACOR’s Director from 1988-91 and is now Director Emeritus. The Bert de Vries photo collection consists of 831 images from his time as Director. Bert’s long term project in Jordan has been at Umm el-Jimal, a site he first visited in 1968, later excavated in the 70s and 80s and still works with today. Umm el-Jimal is the well preserved ruin of a Late Antique basalt town in the Hauran of northern Jordan.  There are still 150 buildings at Umm el-Jimal, made from basalt blocks which were recycled from the ruins of earlier Nabataean and Roman structures. 

Bert de Vries collection Finding Aid

Jordan, late 1980s

Kenneth Russell collection

This collection, donated by the family of the late archaeologist and Petra expert Kenneth Russell (d. 1992), provides a specialist’s view of the broad range of archaeological sites and features found in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra and surrounding regions. It also features a small number of photographs taken at important archaeological and natural sites in Jordan and neighboring countries, including Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iran. Read also about the Kenneth W. Russell Memorial Fellowship at ACOR. 

Kenneth Russell collection Finding Aid
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Petra, 2016.

USAID SCHEP collection

Currently comprising 6,556 images and 320 videos, the USAID SCHEP Collection documents the activities of ACOR’s USAID-funded Sustainable Cultural Heritage through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP) in the fields of awareness-raising, capacity-building, site development, tourism development, and special events. Currently the collection includes born-digital photographs taken between 2014 and 2018, and photographs from later years of the project will be added over time. The collection features fully bilingual (Arabic and English) descriptive metadata. 

USAID SCHEP Collection Finding Aid (English)

USAID SCHEP Collection Finding Aid (Arabic)

Ain Ghazal, 1982-1989

Brian Byrd collection

Estimated at nearly 3,000 images, Brian Byrd’s photographs were taken during archaeological fieldwork and visiting archaeological sites in Jordan between 1982-1989 when Byrd was doing doctoral research on the Natufian and post-doctoral research on the Neolithic Village of Beidha (with Diana Kirkbride) and the Azraq Basin Prehistoric and Paleoenvironmental Project (with Andrew Garrard).

Brian Byrd Collection Finding Aid

Darat al Funun, date unknown

Pierre Bikai collection

Pierre Bikai served as ACOR’s Director from 1991 to 2006 and his photographic collection contains images from the Roman farmstead Khirbet Salameh in Amman, and an ACOR led excavation at Darat al Funun in Amman.

Wadi Rum, date unknown

James Sauer collection

James Sauer was ACOR’s Director from 1975 to 1981 and his photographic collection contains nearly 500 images from a slide set sold by ACOR and ASOR to academics in the 1980s. The set cost $350 in 1980 dollars and included aerial photographs, images of coins, pottery, and inscriptions, and numerous archaeological sites in Jordan. An advertisement for the slide set in an early-80s ASOR Newsletter can be viewed here

Playing basketball in Beit Ghazaleh, Aleppo, 1985.

Barbara A. Porter collection

Containing around 13,000 35mm slides, the Barbara A. Porter Collection documents archaeological sites, architecture, and daily life through the Middle East from the 1970s to early 2000s. Barbara A. Porter served as the Director of the American Center from 2006-2020 and is currently an ACOR Ambassador. 

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ACOR Audio-visual collection

Comprised of audio and video recordings related to ACOR lectures as well as promotional materials for the center. A complete list of recordings currently available online is available here. The Center’s Youtube channel has lectures, projects, and promotional videos dating back to 2015 here.

Petra Church mosaics

Petra Church Project collection

2,876 35mm slides depicting the excavation of the Byzantine Church at Petra between 1992 and 1996 are available in this collection. Included are photographs documenting the Petra Papyri and their excavation and preservation. Given the success and importance of the project, several books have been published by ACOR as well as this informative website: The Petra Church – ACOR Jordan . Many other collections also documented the church, including four Betamax tapes in the Audio-visual collection, such as this promotional video.

Woman in Jordan Valley, 1981-1983

Linda L. Layne collection

The Linda L. Layne collection documents the anthropological research on sedentary Bedouin in the Jordan Valley in the early 1980s. Photographs, field notebooks, and academic work comprise the bulk of the collection. This collection is partly digitized and available online.

Linda L. Layne Collection Finding Aid

Amman, 1993

Edith A. Dunn collection

Conservator and cultural heritage specialist Edith A. Dunn documented Jordan in the 1990s; in 1993 for her publication The preservation of Jordan’s historic fabric: an evaluation with Zaki Aslan as well as a 1998 trip. Photographic prints and 35mm slides from sites around the country comprise this collection, with special focus on the architecture of Amman and villages in the Karak Governorate.

Edith A. Dunn Collection Finding Aid