Featured in July 2016, The Qatar Digital Library features thousands of digitized archival items and dozens of excellent essays by historians and archivists.
The Qatar Digital Library is the product of an ongoing collaboration between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library, and the British Library. Together, these organizations are digitizing and curating hundreds of thousands of archival materials relating to Middle Eastern and Indian history - including maps, newspapers, scientific manuscripts, and photographs - thereby making these cultural collections accessible to both researchers and the general public alike. Researchers can search or browse the archives, which are filtered by geographic location or time. The library also contains over one hundred articles by experts designed for anyone looking to learn more about the history of the Gulf region. These essays, along with all commentary on the site, are available in both English and Arabic and provide context and insight into archives. One such article describes the career of Omani musician and singer Salim Rashid Suri, who was known as "The Singing Sailor," and links to audio clips of Suri's music. Another article provides context for the library's collection of over 5,000 personal papers of British personnel who worked in the India Office between 1750-1947.
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