|As part of our mission to promote research on and cultivate scholarly interest in the Gulf region, the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait launched the Oral History and Documentation Project (OHDP) in September 2016. The aim of the OHDP is to build up a large collection of oral testimonies and documentary evidence from a diverse range of people on various aspects of Kuwait's history. For a region where written testimonies are comparatively scarce, the development of a substantial archive of oral histories can serve to widen the field of historical research on Kuwait, particularly in the areas of economic, social, and cultural history.
The CGS is also working closely with the AUK Library to develop a Gulf Studies Special Collection. This collection will include secondary source materials (books and journals) as well as primary sources such as archival documents, travel writings, films, private papers, photographs, and recordings and transcripts of oral histories. The collection will be housed in the AUK Library and will be accessible to researchers once available.