Contents and Arrangement

Middle East and North Africa, 1939-1991

3 folders

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Warning

Some captions and descriptions may include harmful language, including language that is racist or sexist. Some photographs depict scenes of graphic violence.

Scope and Contents

A49. Archive of 100 French press photos of Lebanese political life from 1974-1989. Most of the focus is on the civil war and particularly the period 1982-1984. Most captioned on reverse

A37. Collection of 16 French press photos of Afghanistan from 1987-1989, focussing on the final days of the Russian occupation. Most captioned on reverse.

A38. Collection of 27 French press photos of the first Gulf War. Photos taken from Kuwait City, Baghdad, Nadjaf, Basra, Safivan, Kirkuk, Sarsang, Zakho Tikrit, Durok, Erbil and more. Most captioned.

A41. Two 1968 press photos of Iraqi President General Aref and Vice-Premier Taha Yassin Ramadhan. Captioned on reverse.

A44. Two French press photos of Tunisian First Ministers Habib Nouira, 1974 and Rachid Spar, 1976.

ME218. 1987 French Interior Minister Charles Paqua meeting with Chiekh Abbas outside of a mosque in Paris. Text on reverse.

TN012. French press photo of Charles De Gaulle with the newly appointed Algerian ambassador to France, Reda Nalek.

TRP040. Three French press photos concerning Cyprus, from 1956-1964.

TN073. 4 French press photos of M. Masmoudi and Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia, from 1957-1961, captioned.

TRP052. Left wing French press photos of two anti-fascist poster.

LJS013. French press photo of General Imbot visiting the French contingent in Lebanon in 1983

PR076. 1979 French press photo of Mana Saeed Al Otaiba, president of OPEC and a 1976 photo of Sheikh Issa Ben Salmane Al Khalifa. Both photos captioned.

PR079. Collection 10 French press photos of the Iran-Iraq war, dated 1980-1987. Also shown is a 1989 press photo of Gorbachev with Rafsanjani, a 1991 portrait of Saddam Hussein in front of a building destroyed by allied Air Force. All captioned. PR078. 4 French press photos of Saudi Arabia politics from 1974-1986. Prince Salman with President Moubarak, UAE delegation, entertainment at Taief, all captioned. PR074. 1986 French press photo of the Kurdish abduction of Iraqi Airways employees and clients in Paris. Captioned.

PR075. 1959 French press photo of the signing of the Soviet-Iraq Economic Accord in Moscow.

TRP041. French press photo archive of the 15 July 1983 bombing of a Turkish Airlines check-in counter at Orly Airport in Paris, France, by the Armenian militant organization ASALA. 38 photos in all, all captioned.

LJS014. Four French press photos of Israel from 1975-1978. Shown are preparations for the Sadat visit, Golda Meir and soldiers training in the Sinai. All captioned

LJS012. Two French press photos of King Hussein of Jordan, 1960-1964. Captioned.

CTK009. French press photos from 1983 and 1992 of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Captioned on reverse.

CTK008. 1991 press photo of demonstrations in Gozney for independence. Captioned on reverse.

EGY039. Two 1939 French press photos of Indigenous Egyptian military preparations for war. Captioned.

EGY040. Four French press photos of Nasser from 1958-1966. Captioned.

A48. Collection of 32 French press photos of Egyptian politicians from 1955-1990; in Egypt, France, Israel and Syria. Most captioned on reverse.


Photographs were left in the order in which they were received from the dealer.

Collection History


No materials were removed from the collection during 2023 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in April 2023. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in 2023 using dealer description.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Middle East and North Africa; French Press Photographs, C1740, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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