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Heinz Gaube Architectural Photographs Collection

"Despite being irrelevant to the OAW theme, the Heinz Gaube Lebanese Architectural Photographs Collection includes a rich collection related to the heritage of traditional Lebanese architecture that is made freely available to the public. This collection asserts NDU Libraries’ contribution to the Open Access movement.

Heinz Gaube Architectural Photographs Collection

The Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) Libraries Heinz Gaube Lebanese Architectural Photographs Collection is a unique series of over 3,100 black and white photographs and related information that documents the rich heritage of traditional Lebanese architecture. Over 285 villages, towns and cities across Lebanon are represented in the collection which was created by German Professor Heinz Gaube between 1970 and 1975 when he lived in Beirut and worked at the Oriental Institute of the German Oriental Society.

The Gaube collection is available for the public through Shared Shelf Commons ( under the title: “Notre Dame University-Louaize (Lebanon). Heinz Gaube Lebanese Architecture Photographs Collection” and licensed according to Creative Commons Licenses Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA). Please note that 940 images from the Gaube collection have no documentation although it is known that these photos were taken in the northern part of Mount Lebanon district. The unidentified images are also available and searchable in Shared Shelf Commons and in the digital map as "Unknown". The NDU Libraries encourage anyone who can identify the location of these images to contact

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Heinz Gaube Finding Aid



Descriptive Summary
Administrative Information
Collection Scope and Content Note
Subject Terms
Collection Contents
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Notre Dame University - Louaize (NDU)
Mariam and Youssef (Main) Library, Special Collections
P.O.Box: 72, Zouk Mikael
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Call No.:

LBN 2009/001


Gaube, Heinz, 1940-


Heinz Gaube Lebanese Architecture Photographs Collection

Collection Dates:


Physical Description:

3100 photographs with negative and data sheets: black and white; 4”x 6”


2.32 linear feet (9 boxes of photographs; 2 boxes of negatives; 4 boxes of data sheets)


Heinz Gaube Lebanese Architecture Photographs Collection documents the rich heritage of traditional Lebanese architecture. Over 285 villages, towns and cities across Lebanon from North to South and from the Mediterranean Sea coast to the Bekaa Valley are represented in the collection.



Collection material in German and English.

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The collection was purchased from Professor Heinz Gaube in 2009.


Access Restrictions
Digital Collection is open for the public. Original print photographs, negatives and data sheets are available for research use.


Ownership & Copyright
Photographs by Heinz Gaube © 2009 Notre Dame University-Louaize (Lebanon). Digital reproductions are provided for private study, scholarship and research use only and may not be downloaded for use in electronic or print publications (including web sites), exhibitions, or broadcasts, without permission of the copyright owner.


Preferred Citation
Heinz Gaube Lebanese Architecture Photographs Collection, Special Collections, Notre Dame University-Louaize.


Compiled by
Zeina Fahed, Assistant Specialist, Special Collections and Antoinette Kattoura, Librarian, Head, Special Collections.

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Heinz Gaube (September 8, 1940-):born in Boehmisch-Leipa, is a historian, scholar, university professor and a retired chairman of the "Orientalisches Seminar" of Tuebingen University.

Professor Gaube studied Iranian Culture, Theology, Oriental Studies, and History of Art in Hamburg, Vienna, Leningrad, Beirut and London. He received his Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from University of Hamburg in 1970.

Professor Gaube lived in Lebanon and worked as a researcher and assistant director at Orient-Institute of the German Oriental Society in Beirut/Lebanon from 1970 until 1975.

Professor Gaube is also the founder of the "Friends of the Old Town of Aleppo", based in Stuttgart. The Association is involved in the preservation of the decent housing in the Old City as a part of German-Syrian cooperation and the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Old City of Aleppo.

For many years, Professor Gaube taught Iranian and Central Asian subjects, the History of the Near East as well as Islamic art and Archaeology in various countries such Germany, Iran, U.S., England, Jordan and Oman.

He was appointed as:
  • Dean of the "Fakultaet fuer Kulturwissenschaften" of Tuebingen University, 1992-1994.
  • Head of the "Forschungsstelle für Islamische Numismatik" of Tuebingen University, 1992.
  • Head of an interdisciplinary Omani-German mission in Oman: "Transformation processes in oasis settlements of Oman", 1998.
  • Head of the "Centre for the Economic and Business History of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East" with branches in Aleppo/Syria and Tuebingen, 1999.
Professor Heinz Gaube worked as a co-editor of several journals and series. He also published many books including: Arragan/Kuh-Giluyeh (1973), Arabosasanidische Numismatik (1973), Ein arabischer Palast in Südsyrien (1974), Arabische Inschriften aus Syrien (1978), Der Bazar von Isfahan (1978), Iranian Cities (1979), Aleppo (1984), Konrad Miller (1986), Taif (1993), Die Kernländer des Abbasidenreichs im 10./11. Jh (1993), Bukhara (2004), Islamic Art in Oman (2008), Transformation Processes in Oasis Settlements of Oman. (2010), The Ibadis in the Region of the Indian Ocean. Section One: East Africa (2013), Illuminated Qurans from Oman (2016), Muhammad al-Shaykh: Al-Falsafa al-akhlaqiya (Ethics) (2017), Kashan: An Iranian City in Change (2018).

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Heinz Gaube Lebanese Architecture Photographs Collection contains materials documenting Lebanese traditional architecture. The collection contains a variety of formats including photographs, negatives and supporting documentation regarding key architectural and other structures of the buildings photographed. Materials in this collection run from 1971 through 1975 and represent more than 285 villages, towns and cities across Lebanon.
The collection consists of one series of over 3,100 images. It is made up primarily of black and white 4 x 5.9 inch photographic prints. There are also negatives and data sheets describing the collection.

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The collection is organized into one series: Photographs, Negatives and Data sheets. Materials are arranged by numerical and chronological order.

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Architecture, Lebanon.
Vernacular architecture--Lebanon--History

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Series I: Photographs, Negatives and Data sheets

Materials in this collection consist of photographs taken by Heinz Gaube of the traditional Lebanese architecture between 1970 and 1975. It also includes negatives and data sheets. Each sheet has the same number as its corresponding photograph and includes data related to construction type, date of construction, location, construction techniques and other information. Click here to view the Collection Contents

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Heinz Gaube Digital Map

The Digital Humanities aspect was added to the Gaube project with the aim of making the collection more accessible, interactive and visual. All known villages, towns and cities were located on an open source map that is searchable in English and Arabic with links to the corresponding photos for each location on the online media platform. The result gave the historical collection a new cutting edge geographical dimension.

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