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Association of Arab American University Graduates collection

Identifier: 018.AAUG

Scope and Contents note

The collection for the Arab American University Graduates (AAUG) documents the activities of the organization from its inception in 1967 to its disbandment in 2007. This collection is a comprehensive documentation of the development of the organization and their activities. The collection is arranged into four record groups: AAUG; Abdeen Jabara papers, Mujid Kazimi papers, and the Symposium on Zionism in Baghdad. Each record group is arranged into series and sub-series as described below.

The AAUG record group documents the activities of the organization, and has been arranged into three series, Administrative Materials, Affiliated Organizations, and Publications. Please Note: The physical arrangment of the collection doesn't mirror the intellectual arrangement of the collection.

ADMINISTRATIVE MATERIALS is arranged in 17 subseries: Audio/Visual Materials; Board of Directors; Chapter Records; Committees and Proposals; Convention and Conference Materials; Correspondence; Council of Presidents; Employees; Financial Records; General Assembly Resolutions; Governing Documents; Human Rights; Meeting Minutes; Membership; National Office Records; Projects and Programs; and Task Forces.

Audio/Visual Materials, includes audio of convention speeches, Arabic language instruction, and news features; moving images of annual conventions, films, film strips produced by the AAUG; photographs from conventions and various organizational activities are also included.

The Board of Directors subseries documents the activities of through agendas and handouts, as well as board of director elections, and presidential files pertaining to Abbas Alnasrawi, Halim Barakat, and the State of the Association Presidential Address. Chapter Records subseries notes the differing association chapters throughout North America and the Arab region, also included are directories, status reports, pending chapters, and chapters dissolved; Committee and Proposal subseries; Convention and Conference Materials subseries include a complete run of documentation of conventions held from 1968 to 2000, other convention material include papers presented by participants, ephemera, and visual materials including photographs. Other noted conferences include the Arab and America at the Turn of the 21st Century Conference and the Center for Strategic Studies Conference.

The Correspondence subseries is further arranged and documents the Board of Directors. It is arranged by year as well as person and the position held. Persons of note with the Correspondence series are Abdeen Jabara, Ayad Al-Qazzaz, Basheer K. Nijim, Elaine Hagopian, Faith Zeady, Fauzi Najjar, Fouad Moughrabi, Hala Maksoud, Halim I. Barakat, Hanna Nasser, Ibrahim Abu Lughod, Jamil Jreisat, Khalil Jahshan, Leila Dawud, M. Cherif Bassiouni, Michael W. Suleiman, Mujid Kazimi, Nabeel Abraham, Naseer Aruri, Samih Farsoun, Sami Shihadeh, Samir Nakib, Susan L. Ziadeh, William Haddad, William J. Gedeon, and Ziad Asali; General correspondence covers a significant run of general organizational correspondence from 1971 to 2002 with the exception of years 1973, 1976, 1979-1980, 1984, 1988-1989, and 1999; Legal Issues pertain to those occurring throughout the Arab world as well as in North America; Medical Section includes discussion on medical relief; Political Correspondence documents correspondence between political organizations, the United States Government including United States Senators, and President Jimmy Carter; Professional Development covers correspondence regarding workshops, seminars and symposiums attended; Publications covers correspondence between the AAUG Press and their journal Arab Studies Quarterly, as well as correspondence between authors Ibrahim Abu Lughod, Livia Rokach, Marty Rosenbluth, Moshe Menuhin, and others. The Correspondence subseries also include Requests for Information; and Travel.

The Council of Presidents subseries documents the meetings of the council of National Arab-American Organizations from 1984-1991, and 1995-1997. Employees subseries documents opportunities for, including internships offered and volunteers. The Financial Records subseries is further subdivided into Accounting, Bank Statements, Contributions and Donations, Fundraising, and National Office Funds; General Assembly Resolutions document those voted on by all members of the organization from 1969-1979 with exception of 1970 and 1974.

Governing Documents including Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws; Human Rights documents the 1982 Lebanon War, Deportation Cases and Legal Issues. Meeting Minutes documents the activities of Board Meetings and General Assemblies. The Membership suberies documents recruitment and membership records through Correspondence, Directories, Recruitment and Statistics.

The National Office Records subseries documents the activities of the organization from the National Office; Projects and Programs documents the various projects and proposals AAUG was involved with; and lastly, Task Forces documents units established for specified issues for example, Protection of Rights Task Force.

AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS documents groups and organizations that the AAUG was associated with. The subgroup is arranged in four subseries; Delegations, International Governments, Organizations, and Universities. Files within each subseries are arranged alphabetically. Notable organizations include the Arab Americans of Central Ohio, the Institute for Arab of Arab Studies, National Association of Arab-Americans, United Nations, and United States Government Organizations.

PUBLICATIONS, documents the publications of the AAUG including Arab Studies Quarterly, Bibliography Series, and Information Series, AAUG Newsletter Vol. 1 – Vol. 32, No. 1, as well as, Manuscripts and Publications which may or may not have been published by the AAUG. These include Middle East International, Vol. 2, Is. 1-16; Occasional Papers, Arab World Issues, No. 1-10. Also noted and documented in the Publications series are AAUG Press Releases, other newsletters and publications, publication services, and special reports.

The record group Abdeen Jabara papers, documents the activities of the well-noted civil rights attorney from 1974-1982. Series within the subgroup include Court Documents, documenting civil rights cases, and the Estate of Sam Dean; and the Northwestern University African Studies Program, documenting Jabara’s involvement with the program.

The record group Mujid Kazimi papers documents Kazimi’s involvement with the AAUG from 1979-1988.

The record group Symposium on Zionism in Baghdad includes correspondence between Janice Terry, Abdel Wahhab Kayyali, and Ibrahim Abu Lughod in 1977 following the Symposium on Zionism that took place November 8-12, 1976 regarding the editing of a publication of papers delivered at the Symposium. Also included are other symposium materials and copies of the papers for inclusion in a published work.


  • Creation: 1968-2010


Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Administrative History note

The Association of Arab American University Graduates (AAUG), founded in 1967, was a non-profit, tax-exempt educational and cultural organization dedicated to fostering a better understanding between the Arab and American peoples while promoting informed discussion of critical issues concerning the Arab world and North America. The organization was open to any university graduate of Arab origin and assisted in the development of the Arab world by donating the professional services of its members. The AAUG was a non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-political organization who published books, papers, and periodicals on Arab and Arab American affairs, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S. foreign policy; held an annual convention and mid-year conferences that served as a forum for Middle East specialists and scholars from around the world; provided speakers on topics concerning the Arab world and its people and helped to bring its members professional skills to bear on socioeconomic and technological needs of the Arab world. The organization disbanded in 2007.


70.1 Linear Feet (150 archive boxes, 4 record center cartons, 1 LP box, 1 clamshell box, 1 flip box, 6 negative boxes(144a-f), 2 albums)

Language of Materials



The Association of Arab American University Graduates collection contains the records of the Association of Arab American University Graduates (AAUG), a cultural and intellectual organization pertaining to the critical issues affecting the Arab peoples in North America and the Arab region, (1967-2007), the papers of Abdeen Jabara and Mujid Kazimi and records pertaining to the Symposium on Zionism in Baghdad that took place in Iraq in November, 1976. The AAUG record group is a comprehensive documentation of the organization, its administration, areas of activism, correspondence, and publications. Also included are audio and visual materials of organization events and Arab regional issues. The materials in the other record groups relate to individuals who played an important role in the foundation and administration of the AAUG, including Abdeen Jabara, Mujid Kazimi, Ibrahim Abu Lughod, Janice Terry and A.W. Kayyali.

Custodial History

Materials related to the Symposium on Zionism in Baghdad were donated to the collection from A.W. Kayyali's wife who handled much of his professional correspondence.

Accession 2020.07 were donated by Susanne S. Kayyali. Her daughter, Randa Kayyali, was the last paid Executive Director of AAUG. Tha majority of these materials can be found in the Administrative Materials series.

Existence and Location of Copies note

U-matic tapes have been migrated to DVD and are housed with collection.

Related collections

For more information about the Association of Arab American University Graduates organization, the personal lives of Michael W. Suleiman, and Abdeen Jabara, visit the collections at the Arab American National Museum Archives, Dearborn, Michigan.

Association of Arab American University Graduates collection 018.AAUG
Leslie Van Veen, Brooke Boyst
2022 November 18
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197