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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 25, 1947

    News from Syria

  • November 27, 1947

    Appointing Prince Farid Governor of the Beqa’

    Declaration appointing Farid Chehab governor of al-Biqā'.

  • 1948

    Names of Communists

    Short document. List of Lebanese communists.

  • 1948

    Report about a meeting with a Communist

    Report about an agent's meeting with a member of the Lebanese Communist Party regarding the schism between the nationalist and pro-Russian branches of the Communist Party, expulsion of certain nationalist communists from the party and Russian interference.

  • 1948

    Activities in Favour of the Greater Syria Project

    Short document describing a meeting between King 'Abd Allāh and Moḥamad ‘Ayid al-Ḥafranī, a supporter of the Greater Syria project.

  • 1948

    Supporters of the Greater Syria Project

    Short document; a list of supporters of the Greater Syria Project.

  • 1948

    List of Payments

    List of payments made by Chehab, sorted by month.

  • 1948

    A Letter to Fakhri Bek regarding Palestine

  • 1948

    A Letter to Fakhri Bek regarding Palestine

  • 1948

    A Letter to Fakhri Bek regarding Palestine

  • 1948

    Syria’s Situation

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

  • 1948

    Parti Populaire Syrien

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

  • 1948

    Syria’s Situation

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

  • 1948

    Jewish Informer

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

  • 1948

    Lebanese Situation

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

  • 1948

    Miscellaneous

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

  • 1948

    Miscellaneous

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

  • 1948

    Miscellaneous

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

  • 1948

    Miscellaneous

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

  • 1948

    Miscellaneous

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