Image of "Jurab-Ul-Kurdy" An Arab American newspaper published in NY in the early 20th century.

Explore Arab American History

SEARCH

Arab American newspapers published in North and South America from the late 1880s to the mid 1900s.

إبحث

في منشورات الجالية العربية في أمريكا الشمالية والجنوبية، والتي صدرت ما بين أواخر ١٨٨٠ ومنتصف القرن العشرين.

Icon of documents to browse by collections
Icon for browsing by collection
Icon of calendar for browsing by date
Icon of calendar
Icon of location for browsing by place
Icon of location
Image of Kawkab Amirka, the first Arabic newspaper published in the US

About Us 

Khayrallah Center logo, made of stylized Kufic script in Arabic

Early Arab immigrants in North and South America have left a remarkable legacy and history. Much of their histories have been recorded in millions of pages of Arabic newspapers, books, magazines, and other publications. Yet, this rich record has been largely inaccessible because it was dispersed and stored in disparate archives, and it was not digitally searchable.

 

In 2018 the Khayrallah Center set about to change this, and to create a completely searchable database of these publications, by developing Arabic OCR technology to render digitized images of these pages of history into searchable text. Now, through this open source website, you can search these records in Arabic and explore a heritage that spans 70 years, two continents, and tells the stories of these early Arab pioneers.

We are continually adding new material to the archive, as well as new features, so please visit regularly.

We welcome your support in maintaining and growing this free archive. Please consider donating a small gift to help sustain our efforts. Also, please let us know of any publications that we can add to this archive.

Page from Arab American newspaper Al-Sayeh

Questions? / أسئلة؟

Thanks for submitting!

WANT TO LEARN MORE?