Collections & Research

The Arab American National Museum collects, documents and preserves art, three-dimensional artifacts, books, documents, personal papers and photographs that were created by, owned, primarily used by or that illustrate the Arab American experience. Almost all of the materials in the permanent collection have entered or will enter the collection through the generosity of individuals and communities, making the collection truly reflective of the diverse lives and histories of Arab Americans.

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Russell J. Ebeid Library & Resource Center

The Russell J. Ebeid Library & Resource Center (L&RC) administers the single largest collection of materials by and about Arab Americans. It offers a wide variety of books, films, periodicals and other resources, a reading/study area and free wi-fi access. The L&RC acts as a repository for documents and family histories, as well as a center for those conducting research about Arab Americans. It houses more than 4,000 books, ranging from literature and scholarly works to cookbooks and graphic novels, and its Archives contain special collections from scholars and community members. L&RC hours and policies

The L&RC is a member of the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), and as a member supports the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Bill of Rights, Librarians Code of Ethics, Freedom to Read and Freedom to View statements.

Have something to share?

Email the Curatorial Department at curatorial “at” accesscommunity.org to receive a collections donation form, the first step in contributing to our collections.

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