ABOUT OUR COLLECTIONS
The ACOR Research Library Photographic Archive Project is made possible under a Fiscal Year 2016 American Overseas Research Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan, is a non‑profit, 501(c)(3) academic institution dedicated to promoting research and publication in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus on issues related to Jordan and the broader Middle East. ACOR exists both to facilitate research by postgraduate researchers and senior scholars and to assist in the training of future specialists who focus on all phases of Jordan’s past and present.
The ACOR Library holds a remarkable photographic archive related to its role in preserving and promoting the country’s heritage. The complete collection, estimated to number more than 100,000 images, provides primary visual documentation of Jordan, including the major archaeological and cultural heritage projects the center has sponsored across the country over the decades. Given its broad range of content and subject matter, the ACOR Library photographic archive has the potential to be a crucial resource for American, international, and Jordanian scholars involved in cultural and natural heritage preservation and management.
As a first step in making this extensive archival collection available to researchers, the ACOR Library has begun to process, digitize, and make fully accessible (and searchable) online a majority of ACOR’s major institutional and donated photographic holdings. By leveraging technology to make these photographs available and freely accessible, the ACOR Library will better equip American, Jordanian, and international researchers and policy makers to monitor and assess the numerous threats facing heritage sites in the Middle East and especially Jordan.
The Jane Taylor Collection
Jane Taylor is a writer and photographer who has been photographing the region since the 1970s. In addition to extensive coverage of Jordan (including many aerial shots), the archives include photography from Yemen, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine, and Israel. Her collection also includes photography from her work with UNICEF and other relief agencies in the aftermath of the Gulf War in the 90s, documenting the effects of the war and sanctions on the people of Iraq, in particular the children.
The Rami Khouri Collection
Rami Khouri is a well-known Arab American journalist and editor and is a frequent guest commentator on news programs around the world discussing politics and issues related to the Middle East. He is the director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut. His journalistic work includes writing books and an internationally syndicated column, and he also serves as editor at large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, published throughout the Middle East by the International Herald Tribune. His collection of approximately 15,000 photos features many archaeological and cultural heritage sites, as well as photo-journalistic documentation of daily life and events in the Middle East.
The George Bass Collection – Coming Soon!
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 founded the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) in 1973. Bass’ collection at ACOR includes photographs and personal letters and commentary from the Middle East in 1955-56.