Digitizing manuscript collections at Mosul University

Under the leadership of a dean at Mosul University and with the approval of the university president, ASOR-CHI and partners trained and equipped Iraqi heritage professionals at the university to digitize significant manuscripts, historical records, photographs, newspapers, and archaeological documents.

The occupation of Mosul and northern Iraq by ISIS took a profound toll on the region’s citizens and infrastructure, including the remarkable intellectual record of this important cultural capital. Faculty and students at the University of Mosul responded quickly after the city's liberation to begin preserving and scanning documentary heritage. As part of that recovery effort, ASOR-CHI collaborated with the Digital Center for Eastern Manuscripts and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library to train and equip Iraqi heritage professionals at Mosul University to digitize a wide range of significant manuscripts, historical records, photographs, newspapers, and archaeological documents. Two scanning stations were set up at the University, and digitization had commenced by the end of the grant period. The effort was led by a dean at Mosul University with the approval of the university president.

Project Details


Location: Iraq, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Project partner(s): Mosul University, Mosul University Library, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Digital Center for Eastern Manuscripts Funder(s): Whiting Foundation Funding received: $174,750 Commencement Date: 12/2017 Project Status: Completed
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