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Emir Farid Chehab Collection

Emir Farid Hares Chehab held many of the most politically sensitive positions in Lebanon in the period from the country’s independence from French rule in 1943 to the early 1970s. From his high-level posts, at the secret police, the Sûreté Générale, and in the Diplomatic Corps, he took it upon himself to painstakingly record his observations and impressions from a unique ‘insider’ position. This collection presents nearly 2,000 letters, documents, and reports from Chehab's personal archives (now held by the Middle East Centre Archive, St Antony’s College, Oxford), sources that provide unparalleled insights into Lebanese history and developments across the Middle East in the 20th century. For additional background on and context for the collection, see the Emir Farid Chehab theme page on the Wilson Center's Digital Archive. This collection has been made possible thanks to the generous financial support of Youmna and Tony Asseily, and the collaboration of Emir Hares Chehab, Ahmad Asfahani, Mary Walwyn, the Centre for Lebanese Studies, and St Antony’s College, Oxford

  • August 06, 1930

    Resignation from the Directorate of Posts

    Copy of Chehab's file from the Directorate of Posts.

  • 1933

    Information about Communists

  • October 30, 1935

    Report about Anṭun Sa'adah (Anton Saadeh)

    Report on the PPS and a meeting with Anṭun Sa'adah

  • September 01, 1936

    Ejection of the Communist Francis

  • July 01, 1939

    Request for a Break of Absence from the Police

    Copy of Chehab's request for a leave of absence to visit his sick brother.

  • 1940

    Abdulrahman al Shahbandar

    This item is undated and the year stated is a rough estimate.

  • May 13, 1943

    Communist Labor Conference

    Information on a Communist conference to take place in China on the same day as the conference occurring in Milan.

  • January 23, 1944

    The Police Lauds Prince Farid

    Letter to the Lebanese Minister of Finance regarding the arrest of a thief after an inquiry led by Emir Chehab.

  • January 20, 1945

    A Representative from Haifa

  • May, 1945

    Al Kaf al Aswad (The Black Hand) Society

    Short document with information on the Palestinian Islamist organization the Black Hand society, its foundation and development, etc.

  • August 24, 1945

    Military Organisation of the Lebanese Territory

    Short document on the organization of the Lebanese army.

  • September 12, 1945

    Cooperation with the Military Intelligence

    Letter regarding an intelligence sharing agreement between the Lebanese Police and Military Intelligence.

  • November 01, 1945

    The Kidnapping of Khairi al Ka’ki

    Short document with details of Khari al-Ka'ki's kidnapping.

  • 1946

    The Jews' Claims in Palestine

  • February 22, 1946

    British Congratulations for Uncovering Thefts

    Short letter from the British security services in Syria and Lebanon thanking the Lebanese police for recovering stolen cars for the Allied army.

  • February 27, 1946

    British Congratulations for Uncovering Thefts

    Short letter thanking Farid Chehab for his assistance in uncovering thefts.

  • March 01, 1946

    British Congratulations for Uncovering Thefts

  • March 13, 1946

    Untitled report on an Islamic meeting in Lebanon

    A meeting convenes to discuss the formation of the Islamic Millah Society against the rising unity of Christians in Lebanon.

  • June 05, 1946

    The Uncovering of a Murder

    Letter regarding the murder of Charles Tunisi

  • June 07, 1946

    Gratitude for Uncovering a Theft

    Letter from the interior minister regarding an attached telegram thanking Farid Chehab for recovering stolen goods and police efforts which led to the arrest of Amin Sunduq.