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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


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. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5