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Jacques Roumani Research Files on Libya
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1910-1990
5 linear feet and 5 boxes
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5
Arabic Italian English


Consists of research files, primarily government records, of scholar and author Jacques Roumani (1944-2016) on Libya during the period of Italian colonization.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of research files of scholar and author Jacques Roumani (1944-2016) on Libya during the period of Italian colonization. They primarily include government reports and correspondence, both original records (largely carbon copies) and photocopies of original records from Italian ministries such as Le Reconquista Militare and Istituzione del Ministero delle Colonie that document Italian administration and Libyan political, religious, and social activities. Records include British occupying force orders, Italian decrees and political military documents, instructions for negotiations, citizenship, land administration, laws, property confiscation, and information regarding the Senusiyya. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, maps, copies of articles, and Roumani's notes. While most of the materials are in Italian, some are in Arabic or English.

The collection's description is primarily based on an appraisal inventory as well as some description by Jacques Roumani.

Topics that are explicitly associated with particular folders may also be represented elsewhere in the collection.


The order of the files as they arrived to the Library was maintained.

Collection Creator Biography:


Jacques Roumani (1944-2016) was a Middle East & North Africa analyst and Libya specialist and author. He earned a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and graduate degrees from Princeton University. Roumani worked at the World Bank in Washington for 15 years, one of which was from Iran, Hebrew University's Truman Institute for Peace, Bar-Ilan University, Inter-American Development Bank, and the University of Maryland. He received a Fulbright award, the MacArthur Foundation Middle East Peace research award, a World Bank Sabbatical Award, and was the author of numerous publications about Muslims and Jews in Libya. Roumani was married to scholar of Sephardic literature and author Judith Roumani.

Collection History


Gift of Judith Roumani in 2018 (AM 2022-137).


Four publications/offprints were removed from the collection during 2022 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in June 2022. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in June 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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.

Many materials include rusty pins and staples.

Credit this material:

Jacques Roumani Research Files on Libya; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5