The Syrian Spotlight Newspapers


The Syrian Spotlight Newspapers


Arabs--United States--Periodicals


Biographical/Historical note

The Syrian Spotlight of the South was a Syrian periodical based in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1935, The Syrian Spotlight was published internally by the Spotlight Publishing Company. Its editor was Louis E. Bosby and the associate editor was Margaret Macey. Macey’s parents, Isaac Macey and Catherine Chalhoub, immigrated from Lebanon to the United States, her father from Tripoli and her mother from Dhour Shweir. The purpose of The Syrian Spotlight was to “better acquaint the Syrian people of the South amongst ourselves. Also to keep us abreast of the progress of Syrian people socially, politically and individually. In other words, we are merely amplifying the principles and purposes of the various clubs and federations.” The periodical had representatives across Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, and Louisiana.

Scope/Content note

The Syrian Spotlight Newspapers collection includes the first two issues of the periodical, published in February and April of 1935. The issues contain information about the periodical, news from the Middle East, and information about the activities of Syrians and Syrian clubs in the southern United States. 


The Spotlight Publishing Company


Elaine Viel


Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies


1935 Feb-1935 Apr


Materials donated by Elaine Viel in memory of her mother Margaret Macey, co-founder and associate editor of The Syrian Spotlight.
Processed by Amanda Forbes, 2019. Collection Guide created by Allison Hall, 2023 October.


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