Atiyeh, Wadeeyah (1903-1973
Papers, 1931-1972. 1 ft. Wadeeyah Atiyeh, a Lebanese singer, dancer, actress, writer, and storyteller came to the United States as a young child. She was raised by her grandparents, who maintained Middle Eastern traditions, in Chicago. Atiyeh studied voice under the direction of Ruth Julia Hall and made her professional debut in Chicago in 1932. Atiyeh performed traditional music, dance, and storytelling throughout the midwest, eventually settling in New York City. In addition to a number of short stories, Atiyeh authored a Middle Eastern cookbook. The collection contains programs, reviews, publicity and public relations announcements, scripts and music from her productions, writings, correspondence, and published works. In English. Register available. Gift of Mary McDermott.
Photographs, 1930-1972. 49 prints. Publicity portraits of Ms. Atiyeh and others; New York and Algiers. Gift of Mary McDermott.
Papers, 1920-1991. 3 ft. Slieman ("Solomon") Tayoun was born in Lebanon. His wife Nora was born in Dubuque, Iowa and spent much of her childhood in Lebanon. The couple settled in Philadelphia, where James was born in 1930 and Edmund in 1931. In 1958 the family opened the Middle East Restaurant, which is still operated by Edmund and James. It serves as the headquarters of the Lebanese American Cultural Society and the focus for many Arab activities. The collection primarily documents the operation of the restaurant and activities taking place there, and includes correspondence, miscellaneous printed materials, drawings, permits, posters, and uncataloged photographs. In English. Inventory available. Gift of James and Edmund Tayoun.
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