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Dodge, Bayard, 1888-1972
Bayard Dodge Collection of Photographs of the Middle East
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 1.25 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of photographs of Middle East scenes collected by Bayard Dodge, president of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 62 black-and-white photographs, ranging in size from 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" to 11" x 14 1/2". collected by Dodge (Princeton Class of 1909). Most of the photographs are of the buildings and students of Al-Azhar, the Muslim university in Cairo; others depict mosques and other scenes in Istanbul and Afghanistan. Two photographers are cited, C. Zachary and James A. Cudney, and several photographs have inscriptions in Arabic.

Collection Creator Biography:

Dodge, Bayard, 1888-1972

A member of the Princeton Class of 1909, Bayard Dodge was president of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, from 1923 to 1948. After his retirement from there he taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, and the American University of Cairo.

Collection History


Transferred from the Near Eastern Studies Library (AM2001-40).


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Bayard Dodge Collection of Photographs of the Middle East; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1

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Existence and Location of Copies

Some of the photographs were published in Dodge's book Al-Azhar, A Millenium of Muslim Learning (Washington, D.C.: Middle East Institute, 1961)

Subject Terms:
Islamic countries -- Photographs.
Genre Terms:
photographs -- 20th century.
Jāmiʿat al-Azhar
Afghanistan -- Photographs.
Cairo (Egypt) -- Photographs.
Istanbul (Turkey) -- Photographs.