Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Boutros Boutros-Ghali Collection

BG in officeFamed Egyptian politician, diplomat, and academic, Boutros Boutros-Ghali has graciously donated his collection of books to the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Ghali notably served as the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) from January 1992 to December 1996. During his tenure as Secretary-General, the UN faced several world crises, including the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Rwandan Genocide. Before his position as Secretary-General, Dr. Ghali served as the Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1977 to 1991. He began his career as Professor of International Law and International Relations at Cairo University; Dr. Ghali was born in Cairo in 1922 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cairo in 1946. Three years later, he earned Ph.D. in international law from the University of Paris and a diploma in international relations from Sciences Politiques.


Dr. Ghali's collection of around 13,000 volumes arrived at the Rare Books in 214 boxes, which are currently being processed. Materials relate to politics in the Arab world, contemporary art, including exhibition catalogs, and architecture books on a wide range of styles, from classical to contemporary.

In addition to books, academic journals on international relations, Coptic art, and monastic life are included, such as al-Siyāsah al-dawlīyah of which Dr. Ghali was Chief Editor. Moreover, the collection also includes agendas and minutes of meetings of the Egypt National Party and photo albums documenting Dr. Ghali's visits with prominent leaders around the world.