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Digitized Materials from Michael W. Suleiman Collection

Digitized Materials from Michael W. Suleiman Collection


These documents are digitized items from the Michael W. Suleiman collection.

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  • Antun, Farah (Al-Jami'ah, 1908-08)
    Report by the editor of Al-Jami'ah about his meeting with the Canadian Minister of the Interior who detailed for him the conditions of acquiring land to homestead, especially in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
  • Awwad, Yusuf (Al-Wafa, 1908-01-24)
    Argues that Arab women should be educated which would keep them from crime and corruption -- but they should know that "Man is the master of women, as Christ is the Head of the Church."
  • Abu-Sa'd, Nassif Yusuf (Al-Ayyam, 1898-06-30)
    Writes about the success achieved by Syrians/Arabs in North Dakota in homestead farming, where over twenty families are present. Asks for a Catholic priest for them.
  • Bourke, John G. (Journal of American Folk-Lore, 1896)
    Author, who was then president of the American Folk-Lore Society, states that enough "Moorish blood was included in the Caucasian migration to New Spain" to make it of "considerable importance" (p. 82). He then details ...
  • Unknown author (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1902-11-02)
    Generally positive picture of wealthier Syrians/Arabs moving into Brooklyn and rapidly Americanizing. Women are praised for hard work in peddling.
  • Childe, Cromwell (New York Times, 1899-08-20)
    Attempts to take the "romance" out of accounts about Little Syria, especially the lower Washington Street section. States that only the poor live there whereas rich Syrians/Arabs do business in Little Syria by day and get ...
  • Cole, William Isaac (Massachusetts Department of Education, 1921)
    Provides background, numbers, distribution, occupations, and assimilation.
  • Gjessing, Erland (The Illustrated Buffalo Express, 1909-01-03)
    Discusses the Buffalo, New York Syrian/Arab characteristics, numbers, cause of immigration, peddling, women and dress. Pictures
  • Unknown author (Harper's Weekly, 1895-08-10)
    Generally positive account of the Arab community in New York, and the daily life and occupations of its members. Pictures.
  • Unknown author (New-York Daily Tribune, 1892-10-02)
    Generally positive picture of an "exotic" and colorful people with strange customs but who are industrious and good at trade, the main reason for their immigration. Sketches.
  • Unknown author (New-York Tribune, 1903-10-11)
    Details the daily life and trade of Arab men and women in the New York City area, their peddling, shops, and factories. Arab population is estimated at six thousand in New York City, and an additional forty thousand in ...
  • Unknown author (New-York Tribune, 1898-03-13)
    Details the religious communities among Syrians/Arabs in New York: 35% Greek Orthodox, 30% Maronite, 25% Greek Catholic, 10% drifted away to Protestant churches. Mentions religious clergy, including Raphael Hawawiny ...
  • Orth, Samuel P. (1910)
    Refers to Turkish (most likely Arab) immigration to Cleveland which peaked in 1907. Table.
  • Orth, Samuel P. (Yale University Press, 1920)
    An account of different immigrant groups in the U.S. Brief mention of Arabs, Syrians.
  • Tannous, George Habib (Al-Hoda, 1901-11-09)
    Expresses pride in Lahhoud Karam for his involvement in Democratic Party politics in Louisville, KY.
  • Mubarak, Yohanna Jirjis (Al-Hoda, 1904-12-08)
    Reports that there were 88 Syrians in Fond du Lac, WI, most of them working in factories, except for six peddlers and one shoe repairman. The city also had three hand-written newspapers.
  • Yuwakim, Yusuf Elias (Al-Hoda, 1908-01-15)
    Argues that single Syrian/Arab women immigrants to U.S. are a source of shame and harm both to their folks in the old country and to the Arab community in the U.S. -- and calls for a law to ban such immigration.
  • Yaziji, Najib (Al-Sa'ih, 1912)
    Criticizes peddling by women and calls for a ban on this activity. Competition among Arab peddlers has become severe and threatens their livelihood.
  • Yaziji, Najib (Al-Sa'ih, 1913-02-13)
    An attack on "Americanized" Syrian/Arab women who are too free and make life miserable for their husbands. Calls on Arab men to return to the old country for potential wives.
  • Tannous, Victoria (Al-Akhlaq, 1921-02)
    Argues that, unlike the Syrian/Arab custom of treating the engagement as almost a wedding or half a wedding, it should be possible for the girl (as it already is for the boy) to break the engagement without shame or harmful ...

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