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The Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection is a research collection on Afghanistan studies in the Criss Library Archives & Special Collections at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection Overview

The Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection in Criss Library Archives & Special Collections at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is the largest collection of Afghanistan materials in the United States. The collection has over 20,000 titles in twenty-nine different languages. It serves the research needs of UNO faculty and students as well as national and international scholars in the area of Afghanistan studies.


Archives & Special Collections at UNO Criss Library is open to the public Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and by appointment.

Archives & Special Collections is closed whenever Criss Library is closed

Archives & Special Collections will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016.

Archives & Special Collections will be closed Monday, July 4, 2016. 

Find Us

Archives & Special Collections is located on the lower level (first floor) of Criss Library. Directions to the library and information about campus parking is also available. A number of hotels are located near campus and in the greater Omaha area.

Prepare for Your Visit

We encourage all researchers to review online information about finding material in and using material from Archives & Special Collections in advance of your visit to Criss Library. Archives & Special Collections includes the Afghanistan Collection, the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel ArchivesUniversity Archives, and Special Collections and Rare Books

Research appointments are not required, but can ensure your research visit is as productive as possible. If you wish,  contact us in advance of your visit to make an appointment. 

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History of the Collection

In the fall of 1974, Arthur Paul donated his private collection of Afghanistan material to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Center for Afghanistan Studies. The library acquired the collection and became part of what is today Criss Library Archives & Special Collections. Criss Library has made extensive efforts to add to Paul's original contribution, with the result that the library currently has over 20,000 titles.

A collaborative partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Kabul University was established in the early 1970s. The relationship between the two universities was interrupted after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979. UNO's commitment to Afghanistan studies continued to grow through the Library and the Center for Afghanistan Studies (CAS).

The CAS began the Education Press as a part of an International Red Cross effort in the early 1980s, printing and copying documents for Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. The press's clients included Afghan ministries, especially the Ministry of Education, President Karzai's office, the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. military base at Bagram, UN offices, international and Afghan NGOs, and private entities. The UNO Education Press was chosen to print the 2004 Constitution of Afghanistan and the ballots for the first democratic elections in Afghanistan in 35 years.