Kenneth Russell Collection (coming soon)

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.  The Kenneth W. Russell collection will be made available online in the spring of 2020.

Exhibition – Picturing Change: The Role of Photographs in Cultural Heritage

Taking place on the evening of February 11th, 2020, together with the lecture ‘The ACOR Photo Archive: Mobilizing Digital Tools to Preserve Visual Heritage’, is a pop up exhibition entitled ‘Picturing Change: The Role of Photographs in Cultural Heritage’. This display brings together 27 photos across eight collections held at ACOR and on the online archive.  Juxtaposing images taken by individuals at various heritage sites across Jordan, photography’s role in capturing change becomes evident.

Unearthing the past: ACOR from 1988 to 1991 through the lens of Bert de Vries

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.

A Record of Archaeologists Past

After 50 years of working in archaeology in Jordan, Nancy Lapp has met generations of scholars. In addition to well-known figures from the 1950s and 1960s, the Paul and Nancy Lapp collection features numerous archaeologists of varying levels of fame, and provides a unique record of life on an excavation.

ACOR Archival Methods Workshop, 2019

On July 2-3, 2019, the ACOR Library and Archive hosted the third annual Archival Methods Workshop. Here you will find blog posts written by Jessica Holland (ACOR Archivist) and Samya Khalaf Kafafi (ACOR Assistant Librarian) detailing the events of these two days, as well as the slide shows for both presentations from the workshop.

Ashley Lumb, Project Archivist at ACOR, Summer–Winter 2019

Ashley Lumb has joined us as the next Project Archivist for ACOR’s Photo Archive Project.  Ashley is working with the archive from July to December, thanks to support from a grant from the US Department of Education (Title VI, 2016 to 2020).

Images from a Lifetime Dedicated to Archaeology: The Paul and Nancy Lapp Collection at ACOR

Nancy and Paul Lapp first entered the field in Palestine in 1957. They continued to work and raise a family at ASOR in Jerusalem until 1968. Despite that she never set out to be an archaeologist, Nancy did not shy away from the responsibility to publish Paul’s excavation material after his death in 1970. Since then, her involvement in the field has touched generations of scholars.

Rachael McGlensey, Project Archivist at ACOR, Spring – Summer 2019

Rachael McGlensey joins us as our current Project Archivist Intern for ACOR’s Photo Archive Project. She arrived in Jordan in mid-January and will be working with the ACOR Library and Archives through July 2019, thanks to support from a grant from the US Department of Education (Title VI, 2016 to present).

Thirty Years of Stories Retold: Celebrating the Digitization of the Jane Taylor photo collection at ACOR

Jane Taylor, a British long-term resident of Jordan and a published author famous for her photographs of Petra, donated a collection of her slides and transparencies to ACOR in 2015. Taylor’s works include ‘High Above Jordan’; ‘Jordan: Images from the Air’; ‘Petra’ and ‘Petra: The Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans’.

Sharing Moments in Time: ACOR’s Photographic Database for Documenting Cultural Heritage

Glenn Corbett and Jack Green discuss how ACOR’s photographic database can serve as a resource for recording and studying cultural heritage of the region.

 البيانات الوصفية للصور والوثائق – مشروع أرشفة الصور في أكور (Metadata – ACOR Photo Archive)

On July 18, 2018, ACOR Photo Archive team held the workshop, “Archival Methods: 2nd Annual Skill-Sharing Workshop for Libraries, Archives and Museums”. Assistant Librarian Samya Khalaf presented how she handles metadata in the ACOR Photo Archive Project.  

What Can You Do With a Photo Archive?

What can you do with a photo archive? This is a common question among people first digging into the world of history, research, art and archaeology. 

A Journey Through the Near East, 1955-56

Archaeologist George Bass, well known for his underwater archaeology expeditions made a land trip through the Levant in December of 1955 and January of 1956, from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In this article, Corrie Commisso shares photographs of the many heritage sites Bass visited as well as excerpts from Bass’s letters home, including anecdotes and impressions of a region undergoing political change.

A Free Online Photo Archive Explores the Middle East’s Pluralistic History

An introduction to the ACOR Archive’s photo digitization project, preserving photographic heritage from across the region.

Sharing Reflections from ACOR Photo Archive’s Workshop 2018

On July 18, 2018, the ACOR Photo Archive team held the workshop, “Archival Methods: 2nd Annual Skill-Sharing Workshop for Libraries, Archives and Museums”. Current and former Project Archivists, Jessica Holland and Steve Meyer shared their reflections from this successful workshop. 

Steve Meyer, Project Archivist at ACOR, Fall 2017

Steve Meyer is the Project Archivist for ACOR’s Photo Archive Project. He arrived in Jordan at the end of August 2017 and will be working in the ACOR Library through much of 2018 as part of the Photo Archive Internship Program.

Archival Archaeology: Digging for Hidden Connections in a Box of Old Photos

In this post, ACOR archival intern and junior archivist Corrie Commisso discusses her experiences helping to launch the new ACOR Library Photographic Archive project, a four-year initiative that will bring ACOR’s rich photographic collections to the world.

Funding Awarded for the ACOR Library Photographic Archive

ACOR is delighted to announce that it recently received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education through the competitive American Overseas Research Centers grant program.  The new grant will support the ACOR Library Photographic Archive with an award of $260,000 that will be dispersed over a four-year period. ACOR Associate Director Dr. Glenn Corbett and ACOR Head Librarian Humi Al-Ayoubi will oversee this new project.