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The Naff Collection

Coming to America: the 1960s recordings by the mother of Arab-American studies get digitised in Dearborn

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Marziah Rashid

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Courtesy of Arab American National Museum

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‘We think it’s important to allow individuals to tell their own story,’ says director Devon Akmon, referring to a vast series of recorded oral histories at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. ‘And therefore to be part of the process of setting down their history.’

The oral histories can be found in the Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection – a compilation of recordings, photographs and artefacts documenting the experiences of the first Arab immigrants to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Coming to America: the 1960s recordings by the mother of Arab-American studies get digitised in Dearborn
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