1995 News Story

History of Saudi Arabia being archived

The King Abdul Aziz Library in Riyadh is undertaking an ambitious project that aims to archive all local sources of the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation, has made a generous donation to finance this work, reports Dr. Khaled Al-Angary, Minister of Higher Education and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the library.   In addition to collecting all historical documents and manuscripts, the project will preserve unwritten aspects of Saudi history by recording interviews with contemporaries of the late King Abdul Aziz who participated in the various phases of the unification and building of the Kingdom.   A center will be set up for documenting the accounts of eye witnesses and those who lived through historical events.   The first phase of this archiving has already started, with a survey by four working teams of areas in Qasim, Hail, Tabuk, and Riyadh as well as the eastern Province, which has preserved both written and oral sources of history.   In the second phase, the manuscripts, documents and recordings collected will be classified, catalogued, and stored at the library for use by researchers.