Preserving and Creating Access to a Unique Photo Collection on Afghanistan

From the 1950s to early 2000s, Dr Louis Dupree and his wife Ms Nancy Hatch Dupree captured a photographic series depicting Afghanistan's structural and cultural changes over time. The ACKU will digitize this collection to record how historic elements of Afghanistan evolved, particularly its landscape, architecture, and culture.

The Afghanistan Center of Kabul University (ACKU) was gifted a collection of photographs by Ms Nancy Hatch Dupree that records the culture and history of Afghanistan throughout the country's pre- and post-conflict eras. It depicts a diverse range of subjects that involve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, such as the infrastructure of Kabul, natural landscapes, archaeological sites, prehistoric tools, the works of outstanding Afghan artists, folk art, objects from the Kabul Museum, and more. In total, there are 5,000 slides, dating from the 1950’s to early 2000s.

The project team at the ACKU will be digitizing this collection to record how historic aspects of Afghanistan changed over time (such as landscape, architecture, and culture) and to provide open access to users through a user-friendly database. The project will (1) preserve material at risk of permanent loss, (2) increase accessibility of valuable collections to the people of Afghanistan and international users, and (3) promote use of the material for scholarly work.

The timeline for this project has been delayed due to limitations caused by COVID-19.

Project Details


Location: Afghanistan, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Afghanistan Centre of Kabul University Funder(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Funding received: $50,000 Commencement Date: 02/2020 Project Status: Active
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