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New York University Abu Dhabi Library

Collection processed by Samuel Ball, updated by Brad Bauer, 2020

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 06, 2020
eng using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Brad Bauer to include additional descriptive elements required by DACS.  , April 2020

Scope and contents

The collection consists of published works and ephemera acquired by Chris Kutschera during his professional and personal travels and assignments. The collection contains three series. Series I contains the publications, those items with published dates and produced more formally, while Series II is made up of the ephemera and Series III is maps, the majority of which are for tourist purposes. The scope and themes of both series are similar. Nearly all of the items focus on North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the USSR. A large portion are travel literature: guidebooks, maps, postcards, tourist brochures, historical pamphlets. Some of the items are more academic (journals and books) and focus on the history and cultures of the region. Others are government produced: annual reports, propaganda, commemorative postcards and stamps. Particular areas of focus are the Kurdish political movements inside Iraq and ephemera related to Iraqi Kurds in general, items connected to the Iran-Iraq War, and items pertaining to the Gulf. The items are in a variety of languages, but mostly French and English, with a smaller portion in Arabic, Kurdish, and Farsi. The bulk of the items are from the late 1970s to the late 1990s-early 2000s.


The collection is arranged in three series. Series I contains dated works with a more formal publication history, mostly books, journals, magazines. The works are arranged alphabetically by title, with one folder corresponding to one work. Series II contains ephemera, undated works, and items with a less formal or discernible publication history, mostly brochures, postcards, booklets. The series is broken down into folder labeled with places or country names, arranged alphabetically by country name. Each folder then contains the items corresponding to it; this geographic placement is thematic and not based on where the item was created--for example, an exhibition on Eritrea held in France is placed in the Eritra folder. Those items which cannot be associated thematically with a particular country or region have been placed in a General Ephemera folder. Within each folder (or series of folders, in the case of larger subsections like Kurdistan or USSR) the items, if dated, are arranged in reverse chronological order, from newest to oldest, with undated items after the oldest dated item. Series III contains larger and more official maps, many of which also contain tourist information. They are organized into folders alphabetically by country and depending on the number of maps for a particular country; within the folder they are alphabetical by country and then in reverse chronological order for maps of the same country.