About the Arab American Historical Foundation

The Arab American Historical Foundation (AAHF) is dedicated to promote research, preservation and dissemination of Arab American history and culture. It was founded in 1978 in Los Angeles by Joseph R. Haiek, publisher of The News Circle/Arab American Affairs magazine and the Arab American Almanac series. The AAHF is a national non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3)

The AAHF Statement of Purpose

  • Research, preserve and disseminate the history of the Arab American community in the United States of America;
  • Hold lectures, conferences and exhibitions promoting the study of Arab American history;
  • Launch awareness press campaigns urging Arab Americans to preserve their historical resources, be it in English or Arabic, which currently are mostly scattered, neglected and many times discarded due to lack of evaluation and absence of professional historical services;
  • Enhance awareness of Arab American cultural values within the American society;
  • Disseminating Arab American historical findings, through the internet/website, special reports and essays distributed to researchers, scholars, the press, major educational institutions, students and the public to foster greater understanding of Arab Americans and their contributions;
  • Perpetuate, enrich and strengthen Arab American history, correcting neglect and misinformation while bridging better understanding, cooperation and coordination;
  • Provide literature and a forum for historical studies in a variety of disciplines;
  • Establish and manage an Arab American historical website for worldwide accessibility.

The AAHF Accomplishments

  • Co-sponsor research and production of the Arab American Almanac, 6th edition, 608 pages;
  • Launching an advertising campaign urging the Arab American community to preserve historic documents, books (in English and Arabic), newspapers, photos, audio-video-film clips, correspondence, among others;
  • Meet and discuss Arab American historical affairs with American historical institutions, scholars, Arab American leaders and the press;
  • Publish the Arab American Historian quarterly (electronic) newsletter;
  • Assist in archiving the Arab American Affairs magazine and its collection of books by and about Arab Americans (in English and Arabic), thousands of photos and audio-video clips.

Board of Directors
Joseph R. Haiek, President/Founder
Robert Thabit, Esq., Vice President
Christina Smith, Ph.D, Secretary
Louis Haiek, Treasurer

Advisory Board
Farouk Amanatallah, Sami Asmar, Adel Barakat, Donald Bustany,
Issam Chahayed, Ray Hanania, Nabil Khoury, M.D., Albert Salah,
Hassan Sassi, Ph.D., Maurice Sweiss, J.D., Robert Habeeb Wyshak, Lorna Zilba

The AAHF Needs Your Support
The AAHF is supported by sponsors and friends, like you, who believe in its mission. Sponsorship is open to all, individuals, corporations, institutions, private, public foundations, and government agencies which provide needed support to materialize cultural/ethnic historical research, preservation and dissemination programs. The AAHF is a national non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC.
Direct all inquiries, historical suggestions, contributions, mail Arab American historical comments and article submissions to:

Arab American Historical Foundation
P. O. Box 291159
Los Angeles, CA 90029, U.S.A.
Phone: (818) 507-0333

ArabAmericanHistory@yahoo.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


“I believe that you are contributors to this new civilization.”

Read more from Kahlil Gibran’s article published in the first edition of The Syrian World Magazine, New York, July 1926, addressing “Young Americans of Syrian Origin”