Lawrence Public Library


Lawrence Public Library


Immigrants--Arab--United States


This collection contains materials housed at the Lawrence Public Library Special Collections. They were digitized and provided to the Khayrallah Center by archivist Louise Sandberg in fall 2017 as part of an ongoing research project into the substantial Syrian/Lebanese population that lived in Lawrence, Massachussetts.

In the first decades of the 20 th century, Lawrence was home to one of the largest populations of Syrian and Lebanese immigrants in the United States. These individuals were drawn to the industrial town to find work in its textile mills. The community in Lawrence created several charitable societies and was involved in the establishment of the St. Joseph's Melkite Church and St. Anthony's Maronite church. 

This collection contains materials relating to the civic and religious activities of Syrio-Lebanese in Lawrence. Additionally, the Khayrallah Center has digitized one of the newspaper published out of Lawrence, al-Wafa, which may be viewed in full here.


Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies


Donor retains full ownership of any and all copyright currently controlled in agreement with Khayrallah Center. Nonexclusive right to authorize all uses of these materials for non-commercial research, scholarly, or other educational purposes are granted to Khayrallah Center pursuant to Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA).

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