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Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Labib Habachi Collection

Labib HabachiLabib Habachi (1906-1984) was a respected Egyptologist whose collection was acquired by the American University in Cairo in 1982. Born in Mansoura in the Delta, Habachi graduated from Cairo University with a bachelor's degree in Egyptology in 1928 and joined the Egyptian Antiquities Department two year later. He spent the Guide to Egypt and the Sudannext thirty years with the department, rising to the post of Chief Inspector. During this period he spent much of his time excavating sites in Egypt and the Sudan, including Luxor from 1943-1956. Habachi later left the Antiquities Department to take a consulting position with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago's Nubian Expedition. The Habachi collection contains over 5,000 books, journals, and article offprints, and is particularly strong in Egyptology and Coptic studies materials. The collection includes dictionaries detailing various Egyptian dialects, as well as a number of Habachi's own works.