Research and Study Collection of Ephemera


Research and Study Collection of Ephemera


Arabic periodicals
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Letter writing, Arabic


Biographical/Historical note

The Research and Study Collection of Ephemera contains materials related to Frank Lackteen, Marrie Bayrooty, the Morning Tribune of Detroit, Michigan, the Lebanese government’s 1955 “Summer of Emigrants” program, and other topics in Lebanese emigration.

Frank Lackteen, born in Lebanon in 1897, acted in a variety of American silent and Western films. As a child, he immigrated to the United States and worked at a textile mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, before becoming an actor. Marrie Bayrooty was a circus performer who worked with the Bayrooty Brothers Oriental Troupe in the Barnum and Bailey Circus sideshow. In 1905, she spun on her heels and toes for 32 minutes straight, breaking the record for human twirling. In 1955, the Lebanese government launched a tourism initiative titled the “Summer of Emigrants,” which encouraged members of the Lebanese diaspora to visit their homeland.

Scope/Content note

The Research and Study Collection of Ephemera includes talent cards of Marrie Bayrooty and related circus performers, photographs of Frank Lackteen, newspaper clippings in Arabic from the Detroit Morning Tribune and The Arab-American Message, postcards, a flyer for a Muslim youth camp in California, commemorative stamps from Lebanon, and an envelope and letter addressed to Nadim Attallah.


Jihad Bannout (Accession 2023.007)


Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies


circa 1900-1973


Janina Santer (Accession 2023.007)
Processed by Celine Shay and Amanda Forbes, 2020.
Collection Guide created by Laura Lethers, 2023 July.
Collection Guide updated by Allison Hall, 2023 September.


The Khayrallah Center claims only physical ownership of the materials. Due to the nature of archival collections, information about copyright and rights ownership in the materials may be difficult to find despite reasonable efforts. Nonexclusive right to authorize uses of these materials for non-commercial research, scholarly, or other educational purposes are granted to Khayrallah Center pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. Usage of the materials for these purposes must be fully credited with the source. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials.




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