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Guide to the Jack G. Shaheen Papers TAM.535

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shaheen, Jack G., 1935-2017
Source: Shaheen, Jack G., 1935-2017
Title: Jack G. Shaheen Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1943-2012
Dates [bulk]: 1968-2002
Abstract: Dr. Jack G. Shaheen (1935-2017) was a professor, author, and consultant who dedicated his career to identifying and contesting stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in American media. The Jack G. Shaheen Papers date from 1943 to 2012 and document Shaheen’s scholarly and popular writing and research in media analysis; his media accountability activism through the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC); and his consultation work on legal cases as well as the entertainment industry. The collection includes printed and born-digital draft and revised writings, speeches, notes, research and subject files, reports, correspondence, and sound and video recordings of Shaheen’s speeches. The collection also contains material collected by Shaheen, including comic books; editorial cartoons; recordings of movies, television shows, and cartoons; magazines; posters; advertisements; toys; games; and other ephemera, which depict Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture and mass media from the late 19th to the 21st centuries.
Quantity: 78.1 Linear Feet in 62 record cartons, one manuscript box, three half manuscript boxes, six oversize flat boxes, four oversize folders, and one map case folder
Quantity: 225 videodiscs (dvd)
Quantity: 611 videocassettes (vhs)
Quantity: 2 sound discs (cd)
Quantity: 11 videocassettes (minidv)
Quantity: 1 videodiscs (blue ray)
Quantity: 1 electronic discs (cd-rom)
Quantity: 20 film reels
Quantity: 1 videoreels (2 inch)
Quantity: 1.35 Megabytes in two documents
Language: Materials are in English, with materials in Arabic, French, and German.
Call Phrase: TAM.535

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Biographical Note

Dr. Jack G. Shaheen (1935-2017) was a professor, author, and consultant who dedicated his career to identifying and contesting stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in American media. His research analyzes the origins of these stereotypes, their persistence, the ways in which they affect perceptions of Arabs and Muslims in society, and presents solutions to counter them effectively. He was a professor emeritus of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Illinois where he taught between 1969 and 1994, and was a Fulbright lecturer in Mass Communications at the American University of Beirut in 1974 and 1975 and at the University of Jordan in 1982.

Shaheen began his research into Arab stereotypes in 1974 and collected materials which contained Arab stereotypes, both negative and positive. He wrote books, popular and scholarly articles, and op-eds, and lectured at colleges and universities, private institutions, and at conferences and conventions. After the events of September 11, 2011, he documented and fought stereotypes of Muslims as well. His books include The TV Arab (1984),  Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11 (2008), and  Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2001), which was produced as a documentary in 2006. Shaheen worked as a consultant on legal cases and in the entertainment industry, most notably on the films  Three Kings (1999) and  Syriana (2005).

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Scope and Contents

The Jack G. Shaheen Papers date from 1943 to 2012, with the bulk of the material dating between 1968 and 2002, and document Shaheen’s scholarly and popular work in media and cultural analysis. The collection includes Shaheen’s writings, speeches, research files, notes, and correspondence in print, audiovisual, and born-digital formats. Shaheen’s media accountability work, carried out both independently and with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), is also represented through correspondence, writings, research, case files, and written reports. The bulk of the collection includes material collected by Shaheen which depicts Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture and mass media from the late 19th to the 21st century, much of which he used in his writings and speeches. These materials include recordings of movies, television episodes, cartoons, and music videos; comic books; editorial cartoons; motion picture posters and stills; advertisements; video and board games; film and television scripts; a Halloween mask; t-shirts; toys; and other ephemera.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series I. Writings

Subseries I.A. Books and Documentary

Subseries I.B. Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters

Subseries I.C. Popular News Articles and Op-Eds

Subseries I.D. Film Reviews

Subseries I.E. Speeches, Lectures, and Presentations

Subseries I.F. Articles Featuring, Interviewing, or Citing Shaheen

Series II. Media Research and Advocacy Files

Subseries II.A. Research Files

Subseries II.B. Advocacy and Media Accountability Files

Series III. Consulting Files

Subseries III.A. Entertainment Productions

Subseries III.B. Legal Case Files

Series IV. Subject Files

Series V. Study Artifacts and Ephemera

Series VI. Video Recordings and Films

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Shaheen, Jack G., 1935-2017

Document Type

  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Research notes.
  • Comic books.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Videocassettes.
  • DVDs.

Subject Organizations

  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Subject Topics

  • Arabs in popular culture -- United States.
  • Stereotypes (Social psychology) in mass media -- United States.
  • Arabs in motion pictures -- United States.
  • Stereotypes (Social psychology) in motion pictures -- United States.
  • Arabs on television -- United States.
  • Disney characters -- History and criticism.
  • Muslims in motion pictures -- United States.
  • Muslims in popular culture -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Roughly 73 linear feet of video recordings (VHS cassettes and DVDs) and films were separated from the paper materials in 2011 and a video collection (VIDEOS.015) was created for these materials. In 2015, the VHS cassettes and DVDs were deaccessioned from the collection and sent to the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Commercially available titles were returned to the Tamiment Library and reincorporated into the collection in June 2017.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Jack G. Shaheen, the creator of this collection, were transferred to New York University in February 2010 by Shaheen. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Jack G. Shaheen Papers; TAM 535; box number; folder number; OR electronic record identifier; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

Materials received as part of accession 2012.002 were separated from the collection and a non-print poster collection was created for them. These materials were not arranged or described and were reincorporated into the collection in June 2017. Roughly 73 linear feet of video recordings (VHS cassettes and DVDs) and films were separated from the paper materials in 2011 and a video collection (VIDEOS.015) was created for these materials. In 2015, the VHS cassettes and DVDs were deaccessioned from the collection and sent to the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Commercially available titles were returned to the Tamiment Library and reincorporated into the collection in June 2017. 16 linear feet of books were separated from the collection and added to the Bobst Library’s general collection in June 2017. Material protected under attorney work-product doctrine was removed from the collection and returned to the donor in June 2017.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized copies, which we refer to as an access copy. Researchers may view an item’s original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection’s finding aid and can be requested in our reading room; materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. These requests are free of charge and can be made in anticipation of your visit. The process typically takes four to six weeks. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A librarian will respond to you with further information.

Materials in Series VI are unavailable for playback.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. Original physical digital media is restricted. An access terminal for born-digital materials in the collection is available by appointment for reading room viewing and listening only.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jack G. Shaheen in 2010; additional accessions were donated in 2011 and 2012 by Shaheen. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2010.037, 2011.074, 2012.002, and 2012.091.

Processing Information

Between 2013 and 2014, the paper portion of the collection was surveyed by a graduate student assistant who completed partial processing of the collection. Several linear feet of materials were removed from their original order and housing. They were arranged into series and subseries according to the current arrangement of the collection.

In July 2015, the entire collection was surveyed by an archivist and a processing plan was created with the current arrangement scheme. The arrangement scheme reflects what was determined to be the collection’s original order from the material that had not been processed in 2013 and 2014, and the order of materials that were arranged at that time.

In May 2017, the entire collection was resurveyed by an archivist and arranged into the current arrangement scheme. Material previously separated from the collection was reviewed by the archivist and reincorporated intellectually and physically into the appropriate series and/or subseries. An inventory was created for Series V and an existing inventory of Series VI was updated.

Material was rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Interleaving paper was placed between newspaper clippings and other papers. Thermal fax paper was photocopied to preserve fading information on the paper.

Some material in Series III was determined to be protected under attorney work-product doctrine. This was removed from the collection and returned to the donor in June 2017.

Two floppy disks were forensically imaged and the files were transferred into New York University storage. One 8GB flash drive containing two video files was included in the collection but is damaged and inaccessible. New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity of the content.

Appraisal

Duplicative clippings, periodicals, and video recordings were deaccessioned. One blank floppy disk was deaccessioned.

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Container List

Series I. Writings, 1968-2012. 15.75 Linear Feet in 12 record cartons, two oversize flat boxes, and two half manuscript boxes 8 videodiscs (dvd) 2 videocassettes (vhs) 2 sound discs (cd) 8 videocassettes (minidv) 1.35 Megabytes in two documents

Arrangement

This series is arranged in six subseries:

Subseries I.A. Books; Subseries I.B. Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters; Subseries I.C. Popular News Articles and Op-Eds; Subseries I.D. Film and Television Reviews; Subseries I.E. Speeches, Lectures, and Presentations; and Subseries I.F. Articles Featuring, Interviewing, or Citing Shaheen.

Subseries I.A., I.B., and I.E. are arranged in alphabetical order by title of work. Subseries I.C., I.D., and I.F. have not been further arranged beyond the subseries level.

Scope and Contents

This series documents Shaheen’s work as an author and critic, and contains print and born-digital versions of his writings. Included in this series are draft and published versions of book manuscripts, articles, speeches, and film reviews, with clippings of articles quoting Shaheen or citing his work. Files for individual titles contain Shaheen’s research for the work, draft and published versions, correspondence with publishers and collaborators, and administrative documentation. Audio and video recordings are present for some of Shaheen’s speeches, lectures, and panel appearances and for the Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People documentary.

Subseries I.A. Books and Documentary, 1968-2008 2001-2008. 7.25 Linear Feet in seven record cartons, one half manuscript box, and three oversize folders 4 videodiscs (dvd) 2 videocassettes (vhs) 1.27 Megabytes in one document

Scope and Contents

This subseries documents Shaheen’s work on his books critiquing American television and films, in particular Hollywood’s depictions of Arabs and Muslims. Titles represented in this subseries include Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11 (2008),  Nuclear War Films (edited by Shaheen, 1978),  Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2001), and  The TV Arab (1984). This series also contains notes for a planned follow-up to  The TV Arab, titled  The TV Arab Revisited. Materials include print and born-digital copies of draft and revised manuscripts, correspondence with publishers and collaborators, research files, and administrative documentation. The bulk of the subseries documents Shaheen’s work on  Reel Bad Arabs, with both print and electronic drafts, and includes extensive research files on movies, filed according to topics he devised for the book, which include plot synopses, notes, and newspaper clippings of film reviews. Some of these files contain correspondence between Shaheen and staff of research institutions and film companies researching obscure and out-of-print films. This subseries also contains the script, video recordings, and posters for the  Reel Bad Arabs documentary (2006).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials (31142063139607)) Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11
2007-2009
Box: 65 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))
Box: 1 Folder : 6-10 Nuclear War Films
1968-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 11-12 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Clippings and notes
2001-2008
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Contract
2000
Box: 1 Folder : 14-15 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Correspondence
1989-2001
Box: 1 Folder : 16-28 (Mixed Materials (31142063139607)) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Drafts
2000-2001
Box: 2 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials (31142063139615))
Box: Electronic records Object : TW_TAM_535_ER_1 (Electronic records)
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Film lists
2001
Box: 2 Folder : 6-10 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Inventories
1991-2004
Box: 2 Folder : 11-12 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Letters to publishers
2000
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Media contacts
1998-2001
Box: 2 Folder : 14-19 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Introduction
1991-2001
Box: 2 Folder : 20-116 (Mixed Materials (31142063139615)) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Cameos
1991-2001
Box: 3 Folder : 1-188 (Mixed Materials (31142063140183))
Box: 3 Folder : 189-221 (Mixed Materials (31142063140183)) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Champions
1991-2001
Box: 4 Folder : 1-72 (Mixed Materials (31142063139623))
Box: 4 Folder : 73-182 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Egyptians
1991-2001
Box: 4 Folder : 183-184 (Mixed Materials (31142063139623)) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Maidens
1991-2001
Box: 5 Folder : 1-57 (Mixed Materials (31142063139631))
Box: 5 Folder : 58-101 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Palestinians
1991-2001
Box: 5 Folder : 102-125 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Serials
1991-2001
Box: 5 Folder : 126-178 (Mixed Materials (31142063139631)) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Sheikhs
1991-2001
Box: 6 Folder : 1-50 (Mixed Materials (31142063139649))
Box: 6 Folder : 51-66 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Silent films and short films
1991-2001
Box: 6 Folder : 67-198 (Mixed Materials (31142063139649)) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- Villains
1991-2001
Box: 7 Folder : 1-32 (Mixed Materials (31142063140209))
Box: 7 Folder : 33-34 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Movie notes -- X-rated
1991-2001
Box: 7 Folder : 35-36 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Notes
1986-2001
Box: 7 Folder : 37-39 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Page proofs
2001
Box: 7 Folder : 40 (Mixed Materials (31142063140209)) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Poster book
2001
Box: 64 Folder : 11 (Mixed Materials (31142063139912))
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Posters
2006-2008
Box: 65 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))
Box: 7 Folder : 41 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Presentations
2008
Box: 7 Folder : 42 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Promotion and reviews
1988-2002
Box: 7 Folder : 43 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Research
1984-1997
Box: 7 Folder : 44 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Script
2006
Box: 7 Folder : 45 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Selected film reviews
2000
Box: 24 Dvd : 5-8 (Master dvd (31142063139797)) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Video recordings
2004-2006
Box: 24 Video : 1-2 (Master vhs (31142063139797))
Box: 7 Folder : 46 The TV Arab --  Al Khaleej clippings
1984
Box: 7 Folder : 47 The TV Arab -- Book cover
1984
Box: 7 Folder : 48-50 The TV Arab -- Correspondence
1977-2002
Box: 7 Folder : 51 The TV Arab -- Promotion
1985
Box: 7 Folder : 52 The TV Arab -- Publisher rejection letters
1980-1988
Box: 7 Folder : 53 The TV Arab -- Research
1984
Box: 7 Folder : 54-56 The TV Arab -- Reviews
1984-1986
Box: 7 Folder : 57-58 The TV Arab -- Typescript
1984
Box: 7 Folder : 59-60 (Mixed Materials (31142063140209)) The TV Arab Revisited
1987-1998
Box: 8 Folder : 1-2 (Mixed Materials (31142063140134))

Subseries I.B. Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters, 1974-2011. 4.35 Linear Feet in three record cartons and one oversize flat box 81 kilobytes in one document

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains drafts and published versions of Shaheen’s scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as research files and correspondence. The writings in this subseries span Shaheen’s career, and date from 1974 to 2011. Topics include the portrayal of Arabs in television, movies, comic books and strips, editorial cartoons, and animated cartoons. The bulk of the subseries documents Shaheen’s work with Leonard Rifas on “The Comic Book Arab”, a study of representations of Arabs in comic books. Files for “The Comic Book Arab” contain research files, drafts, and correspondence with Rifas. This subseries also contains research for an article on Arab representations in editorial cartoons, an electronic draft of “Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture” (1996), articles on Disney’s Aladdin (1992), and encyclopedia entries by Shaheen on stereotyping and Arab culture.

Arrangement

This subseries is arranged in alphabetical order at the file level. The inventory lists box and folder numbers for an alphabetical range of titles. “Arab Images in Editorial Cartoons” and “The Comic Book Arab” are listed individually as they both consist of a large amount of material.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 3-17 (Mixed Materials (31142063140134)) "ABSCAM: Arabiaphobia in America" - "Arab Images in American Comic Books"
1978-2002
Box: Electronic records Object : TW_TAM_535_ER_1 (Electronic records)
Box: 66 Folder : 6 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 8 Folder : 18-31 "Arab Images in Editorial Cartoons"
1974-2011
Box: 8 Folder : 32-45 "Arab Images in Fiction" - "Cinematic Images of the Arab World"
1979-1993, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 46-47 (Mixed Materials (31142063140134)) "The Comic Book Arab"
1984-1994, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 1-30 (Mixed Materials (31142063140142))
Box: 66 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 66 Folder : 10 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 65 Folder : 12-14 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))
Box: 9 Folder : 31-41 (Mixed Materials (31142063140142)) "The Detective Film in Transition" - "Hollywood's Eternal Villain"
1974-1999
Box: 66 Folder : 12 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 10 Folder : 1-54 (Mixed Materials (31142063140159)) "Hollywood's Muslim Arabs" - "You Are My Brother..."
1971-2007
Box: 65 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))
Box: 65 Folder : 4 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))

Subseries I.C. Popular News Articles and Op-Eds, 1974-2012. 0.5 Linear Feet in one record carton and six oversize folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains drafts and published versions of Shaheen’s articles and op-eds for popular newspapers and magazines, as well as research files and correspondence. These articles span Shaheen’s career, and date from 1974 to 2012. Topics include the portrayal of Arabs in American media and popular culture, in particular during the Gulf War (1990-1991); after the events of September 11, 2001; and during the wars in Iraq (2003-2011) and Afghanistan (2001-). This subseries contains articles on Disney’s Aladdin (1992) and op-eds written by Shaheen for  Newsweek, the  St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other newspapers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 55-62 (Mixed Materials (31142063140159)) Popular news articles and op-eds
1974-2012
Box: 11 Folder : 1-3 (Mixed Materials (31142063140167))
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 65 Folder : 7-11 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))

Subseries I.D. Film and Television Reviews, 1974-2000. 0.1 Linear Feet in two legal-sized folders and three oversize folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains clippings of Shaheen’s film and television reviews, the majority of which were written between 1974 and 1977 and published in The Daily Star, Beirut-Lebanon and the  Metro-East Journal Magazine. The majority of these reviews are of films and television series in general, and do not focus on depictions of Arabs and Muslims.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed Materials (31142063140167)) Film and television reviews
1974-2000
Box: 66 Folder : 4-5 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 65 Folder : 6 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))

Subseries I.E. Speeches, Lectures, and Presentations, 1979-2012. 1 Linear Feet in one record carton, one half manuscript box, and one oversize folder 2 sound discs (cd) 4 videodiscs (dvd)

Scope and Contents

This subseries documents Shaheen’s speaking engagements at universities and other educational institutions, cultural institutions, and conferences. Materials date between 1979 and 2012, and include printed notes and texts of speeches, slides used during presentations, administrative correspondence, ephemera for speaking engagements, ideas for speeches, and video and sound recordings of Shaheen. Topics include the portrayal of Arabs in American media and popular culture, and solutions for negative stereotypes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 6-48 (Mixed Materials (31142063140167)) Speeches, lectures, presentations, and slides
1979-2012
Box: 65 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))
Box: 24 Cd : 1-2 (Master cd (31142063139797)) Video and sound recordings of lectures
2005-2011
Box: 24 Dvd : 1-4 (Master dvd (31142063139797))

Subseries I.F. Articles Featuring, Interviewing, or Citing Shaheen, 1974-2002. 0.2 Linear Feet in one record carton, one half manuscript box, and two oversize folders 8 videocassettes (minidv)

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains clippings of interviews with Shaheen and articles citing his work, spanning from 1974 to 2002.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 49 (Mixed Materials (31142063140167)) Articles featuring, interviewing, or citing Shaheen
1974-2002
Box: 12 Folder : 1-6 (Mixed Materials (31142063140175))
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 65 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))
Box: 24 Video : 3-10 Video recording of interview with Jack and Bernice Shaheen
2010

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Series II. Media Research and Advocacy Files, 1968-2011. 4.5 Linear Feet in five record cartons and two oversize folders

Arrangement

This series is arranged in two subseries: Subseries II.A. Research Files and Subseries II.B.: Advocacy and Media Accountability Files. Both are arranged in alphabetical order by subject, title of organization, or format of material.

Scope and Contents

This series documents Shaheen’s study of film and television depictions of Arabs and Muslims and his advocacy work to combat negative stereotypes of these groups. This series dates from 1968 to 2011, and contains research files on depictions of Arabs and Muslims in popular culture and files documenting Shaheen’s advocacy work. The research files contain clippings from newspapers and magazines, stills from films and television episodes, and Shaheen’s notes. The advocacy files document both Shaheen’s independent advocacy work and that conducted with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). These files include ADC publications, correspondence between Shaheen and ADC members, and research conducted by Shaheen for the ADC.

Subseries II.A. Research Files, 1968-2011. 2.5 Linear Feet in two and a half record cartons and one oversize folder

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains Shaheen’s research files on depictions of Arabs and Muslims in American media and popular culture. This subseries dates between 1968 and 2011, and contains film scripts, teleplays, notes, and clippings. Clippings include articles from newspapers and magazines, as well as comic strips. Topics include negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in film, television, comic strips, animated cartoons, and in the media. This subseries also includes Shaheen’s clippings and notes on television episodes featuring Arab characters from 1986 to 2002.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 7-21 Comics and cartoon files
1977-2005
Box: 12 Folder : 22-34 Depictions of Arabs and Muslims in popular culture files
1980-2008
Box: 12 Folder : 35-47 (Mixed Materials (31142063140175)) Movie files
1982-2011
Box: 13 Folder : 1-29 (Mixed Materials (31142063139656))
Box: 66 Folder : 9 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 13 Folder : 30-44 (Mixed Materials (31142063139656)) Television files
1968-2005
Box: 14 Folder : 1-29 (Mixed Materials (31142063139664))

Subseries II.B. Advocacy and Media Accountability Files, 1976-2010. 2 Linear Feet in three record cartons and one oversize folder

Scope and Contents

This subseries documents Shaheen’s advocacy work to contest negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture and media, and to recommend ways to combat them. This subseries contains materials related to Shaheen’s independent advocacy work and that conducted with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and dates from 1976 to 2010. Materials include ADC publications, correspondence between Shaheen and ADC members, material from ADC annual conventions, and research conducted by Shaheen for the ADC. The latter includes Shaheen’s reports, notes, and correspondence on the ADC Research Institute Television Cartoon Monitoring Project (1993-1994). This subseries also includes correspondence between Shaheen and major television networks regarding negative depictions of Arabs and Muslims in their series and movies, and with organizations and individuals regarding his advocacy work. Also included are materials from workshops on Arab stereotypes, including questionnaires and notes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 30-47 (Mixed Materials (31142063139664)) American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee -- General files
1979-2010
Box: 15 Folder : 1-6 (Mixed Materials (31142063139672))
Box: 15 Folder : 7-13 (Mixed Materials (31142063139672)) American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee -- ADC Research Institute Television Cartoon Monitoring Project files
1989-1995
Box: 66 Folder : 8 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 15 Folder : 14-23 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee -- Television monitoring files
1976-2003
Box: 15 Folder : 24-34 (Mixed Materials (31142063139672)) Correspondence
1976-2008
Box: 16 Folder : 1-9 (Mixed Materials (31142063139680))
Box: 16 Folder : 10-11 Workshop files
1990-2008

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Series III. Consulting Files, 1983-2005. 0.75 Linear Feet in two record cartons and one oversize folder

Arrangement

This series is arranged in two subseries: Subseries III.A. Entertainment Production Files and Subseries III.B. Legal Case Files. Neither have been further arranged beyond the subseries level.

Scope and Contents

This series documents Shaheen’s work as a consultant and expert on Arab stereotypes in legal cases and in the film and television industries. This series dates between 1983 and 2005 and includes correspondence, research materials, reports compiled for legal cases, and scripts. This series contains files on Shaheen’s work on the films Three Kings (1999) and  Syriana (2005).

Subseries III.A. Entertainment Production Files, 1983-2005. 0.25 Linear Feet in one record carton

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains Shaheen’s files on his consulting work in the entertainment industry and dates from 1983 to 2005. The bulk of the subseries documents Shaheen’s work on the films Three Kings (1999) and  Syriana (2005), and includes scripts, Shaheen’s notes on the scripts, correspondence, and contracts. Correspondents include James C. G. Conniff, Patricia Laucella, Charles Roven, and Douglas Segal. Other materials include correspondence between Shaheen and media networks regarding his consulting work on television movies from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 12-21 Entertainment production files
1983-2005

Subseries III.B. Legal Case Files, 1986-1999. 0.5 Linear Feet in one record carton and one oversize folder

Scope and Contents

This subseries documents Shaheen’s work as an expert witness on Arab stereotypes and cultures in legal cases and dates from 1986 to 1999. Materials include reports written by Shaheen, court documents, correspondence between Shaheen and law firms, and his notes for his expert witness testimony.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 22-29 (Mixed Materials (31142063139680)) Legal case files
1986-1999
Box: 17 Folder : 1-8 (Mixed Materials (31142063139698))
Box: 65 Folder : 15 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))

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Series IV. Subject Files, 1962-2011. 4.5 Linear Feet in five record cartons and four oversize folders 3 videocassettes (minidv)

Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order by topic or format of material.

Scope and Contents

This series contains subject files compiled by Shaheen on general issues related to Arab-Americans, the media, and communications. The series dates from 1962 to 2011, and includes clippings, dissertations, reports, correspondence, and notes. Shaheen’s work to create the Jack G. and Bernice M. Shaheen Endowed Media Scholarship to support Arab-American students in the field of communications is documented in this series, with reports written by Shaheen on who would be supported by the scholarship. This series contains files created by Shaheen pertaining to the hijacking of the Achille Lauro, the murder of Alex Odeh, and general topics related to Arabs and Muslims, the Middle East, discrimination, and stereotypes. Dissertations related to Shaheen’s areas of study are included in this series as are materials from conferences which he attended. Other material in this series includes Shaheen’s curricula vitae from the 1990s, notes from members of his family and to himself, administrative material pertaining to his time at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and video recordings of interviews with three people on an unspecified topic.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 17 Folder : 9-10 Alex Odeh and Achille Lauro files
1985-2005
Box: 17 Folder : 11-31 (Mixed Materials (31142063139698)) Arab and Muslim general files
1967-2011
Box: 18 Folder : 1-12 (Mixed Materials (31142063140225))
Box: 24 Cd : 3-5 (Master cd (31142063139797))
Box: 66 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 66 Folder : 7 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 66 Folder : 11 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 18 Folder : 13-18 Biographical materials
1967-1994, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 19-20 Conference files
1993-2001
Box: 18 Folder : 21-24 Discrimination files
1991-2007
Box: 18 Folder : 25-33 (Mixed Materials (31142063140225)) Dissertations
1962-2003
Box: 19 Folder : 1-19 (Mixed Materials (31142063139706))
Box: 20 Folder : 1-2 (Mixed Materials (31142063140233))
Box: 24 Video : 11-13 Interviews
2010
Box: 20 Folder : 3-4 Jack G. and Bernice M. Shaheen Endowed Media Scholarship files
2006-2011
Box: 20 Folder : 5-15 Middle East general files
1975-1999
Box: 20 Folder : 16-29 Scholarly articles and conference presentations
1968-2010
Box: 20 Folder : 30-35 (Mixed Materials (31142063140233)) Stereotypes general files
1975-2005
Box: 21 Folder : 1-8 (Mixed Materials (31142063140217))
Box: 65 Folder : 16 (Mixed Materials (31142063139938))

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Series V. Study Artifacts and Ephemera, 1943-2012. 8 Linear Feet in three record cartons, one manuscript box, one oversize flat box, and one map case folder

Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order by format type. A box level inventory is available in the repository for items in boxes 60, 61, and 62.

Scope and Contents

This series contains material collected by Shaheen that depicts stereotypical images of Arabs and Muslims. Material in this series dates from 1943 to 2012 and includes comic books, games (board games, card games, and video games), movie posters and stills, advertisements, bumper stickers, tobacco tins, Halloween masks, puppets, t-shirts, cigarette lighters, food containers, mugs, Christmas ornaments, dolls, sheet music, sound recordings on disc, toys and stickers, and a placemat. Disney’s Aladdin and stereotypical images of Arabs from the 1970s and 1980s are well documented in these materials. The bulk of this series consists of Shaheen’s comic book collection, which includes issues of  Batman,  The Living Mummy,  Uncle Scrooge,  Wolverine,  X-Men,  Sinbad,  Superman,  The Punisher, and  1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad. Also included are issues of  The 99, a comic book featuring a cast of all-Islamic superheroes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 21 Folder : 9 (Mixed Materials (31142063140217)) Advertisements
1980-1997, undated
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 4 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 66 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials (31142063139920))
Box: 21 Folder : 10 Bumper stickers
1975-1989, undated
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Clippings
1964-2010
Box: 21 Folder : 12-28 (Mixed Materials (31142063140217)) Comic books
1943-2012
Box: 22 Folder : 1-24 (Mixed Materials (31142063140241))
Box: 23 Folder : 1-12 (Mixed Materials (31142063140258))
Box: 23 Folder : 13-15 (Mixed Materials (31142063140258)) Games
1983-1990
Box: 60
Box: 67
Box: 23 Folder : 16-20 (Mixed Materials (31142063140258)) Images of Arabs in periodicals and film and television stills
1980-1999
Box: 64 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials (31142063139912))
Box: 23 Folder : 21 (Mixed Materials (31142063140258)) Posters
1958-2003
Folder: 1
Box: 64 Folder : 2-9 (Mixed Materials (31142063139912))
Box: 23 Folder : 22 Sheet music
Undated
Box: 23 Folder : 23 (Mixed Materials (31142063140258)) T-shirts, masks, toys, and other ephemera
1980-2010
Box: 60
Box: 61
Box: 62
Box: 64 Folder : 10 (Mixed Materials (31142063139912))

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Series VI. Video Recordings and Films, 1980-2012, undated. 40 Linear Feet in 35 record cartons and three oversize flat boxes 217 videodiscs (dvd) 1 videodiscs (blue ray) 1 electronic discs (cd-rom) 609 videocassettes (vhs) 20 film reels 1 videoreels (2 inch)

Arrangement

This series has not been further arranged beyond the series level. A box-level inventory is available in the repository.

Scope and Contents

This series contains commercial video recordings and films collected by Shaheen, all of which contain depictions of Arabs and Muslims. The series contains VHS cassettes, DVDs, and 16 mm film reels of movies (feature length and shorts), cartoons, music videos, television series, and a television commercial. The titles span from She (1911) to  Disney: Treasure Buddies (2012) and include American and foreign films, Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons, pro-wrestling videos, and music videos. The feature films cover almost every genre of film, with romance, comedies, action/adventure, sci-fi, horror, and children/family being the best represented. The most prominent stereotypes in this series are depictions of Arabs as sheikhs and terrorists, with movies featuring tales of Sinbad, Aladdin, and mummies also well represented. Most of these titles were included in Shaheen’s writings, in particular  Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People.

Conditions Governing Access

Material in this series is not available for playback. Researchers may view an item’s original container.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 25 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 26 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 27 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 28 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 29 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 30 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 31 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 32 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 33 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 34 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 35 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 36 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 37 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 38 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 39 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 40 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 41 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 42 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 43 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 44 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 45 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 46 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 47 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 48 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 49 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 50 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 51 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 52 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 53 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 54 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 55 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 56 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 57 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 58 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 59 Commercial video recordings
1911-2012
Box: 68 Film Reels
1953-1964
Box: 69
Box: 70
Box: 71

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