Qatar Digital Library: Over 750,000 Images

Last January, a joint effort by the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library, and the British Library led to the creation of the Qatar Digital Library, a huge online repository of historical images and documents “free to use and reuse.” In less than 18 months, the online collection has grown to over 750,000 scanned images, mostly dealing with late 19th- and early 20th-century contact between Europeans and the Arabian Peninsula. The most impressive aspect of the library is wide variety of materials included — photos, prints, drawings, maps, newspaper clippings, letters, diaries, statistical tables and diagrams are among the scanned images. I’ve included a few samples below, but make sure to visit the official website for the full experience (you can browse in English or Arabic):

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