Lebanon—Beirut. American University of Beirut


This photograph of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon is from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography, whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. The American University of Beirut was founded by American missionaries to Syria and Lebanon and opened to its first class of 16 students on December 3, 1866. Shown here is College Hall, the university’s original building the cornerstone for which was laid on December 7, 1871.

Last updated: October 14, 2014