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Middle East & North African History Library Guide

Research tools and tips for Middle East & North African history


From historical newspaper databases to U.S. and U.K. national archives and more, you'll find a range of options for accessing MENA primary sources online.

Historical Newspapers

These databases include digitized newspapers published in the Middle East & North Africa as well as former colonial powers in the region and the U.S. For a more complete list of international and U.S. historical newspaper databases, see the News and Newspapers Library Guide.

Printed Books and Manuscripts


U.S. National Archives

U.K. National Archives

Digital National Security Archive

The National Security Archive, a nongovernmental entity, curates digital collections of declassified government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events from 1945 to the present. Each collection is assembled by foreign policy experts and features chronologies, glossaries, bibliographies, and scholarly overviews.

You can either search all collections in the Digital National Security Archive (DNSA), or search the sub-collections related to the Middle East below. Given the variety of document types in these databases, use the filters in the left-hand column to limit your search to the kinds of materials you're interested in.

Revolution & Protests


Border Studies

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