Aref El-Aref Collection

Scope and Content

TS diaries covering service in Amman 1926-1928 and Gaza 1939-1940.

Administrative / Biographical History

Aref El-Aref (1892-1973)

Aref El-Aref was born in 1892. A Palestinian publicist, he worked as Chief Secretary to King Abdullah of Jordan and as a District Officer during the British Mandate in Palestine. He died in 1973.



Access Information


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Acquisition Information

Typed transcripts received from Aref Bey through the good offices of Neville Mandel, Oct 1968.

Alternative Form Available

Institute of Palestine Studies, Beirut received a photocopy of the Amman portion in 1974

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description created by Clare Brown 10 June 1998 and revised by Debbie Usher 5 Feb 2004

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions on copying or quotation other than statutory regulations and preservation concerns

Custodial History

In the possession of Aref Bey. The original diaries were given to a typist by Aref Bey who then produced the TS version we have in this collection. In the correspondence with the donor it is noted that Aref Bey was satisfied that the section covering service in Amman 1926-1928 was in order and that all the typing errors had been checked, but that he had not checked the Gaza diary.

Location of Originals

Probably with his family

Geographical Names