University of Michigan-Flint
Frances Willson Thompson Library
Genesee Historical Collections Center
Name of the collection: Hani Bawardi
Inclusive years: 1888-1997
Quantity: 2 linear feet
Acquisition: This collection (donor no. 270) was donated in 2002.
Access: There are no restrictions. Publication references must be cited as "Hani Bawardi Collection, Arab-American Archive Project, Genesee Historical Collections Center, University of Michigan-Flint Library."
Photographs: 36 positive prints are kept in the photograph boxes.
Processed by: Paul Gifford.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
Hani Bawardi, a Palestinian-born Flint resident who received the degree of M.L.S. from the University of Michigan-Flint and at this writing a Ph.D. student at Wayne State University, assembled these materials in order to document the history of Arab-Americans in Flint. The collection includes videotapes and transcriptions of interviews he conducted as well as photocopies of family papers and the records of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Flint.
The interviews or oral histories are exclusively of immigrants to Flint,
Michigan, from Arab countries or their children, conducted in the 1990s.
Most are in videotape form. The three that were transcribed are with Amin
(Jack) Hamady and Lily, his wife; Sylvia Sophiea; and Woodrow Wilson Skaff,
all representatives of Arab families who settled in Flint between 1906
and 1920. Bawardi also photocopied personal papers that belonged to Ameen
Farah (1888-1975), a Flint grocer and Nazareth native, including diplomas
and certificates and other documents, both in Arabic and English, and legal
papers concerning a complaint by Tom Joubran against the Michigan Liquor
Control Commission, 1978-1985. The remainder of the collection consists
of the records of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, a parish established
by Arab immigrants in 1936 in Flint. Apart from a commemorative program
published in 1936 and photocopies of a few other papers documenting the
church's founding, most of the material dates from the 1950s and later.
This includes minutes of the Board of Trustees, church bulletins, programs,
directories, as well as records of the Ladies' Auxiliary and SOYO. It also
includes papers of Fr. Basil Kalekas, 1970-1985.
Amin (Jack) and Lily Hamady, 1997
Woodrow Wilson Skaff, 1997
Sylvia Sophiea, 1995
Ameen Farah, 1888-1942
Tom Joubran, 1978-1985
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church - Records, 1936-1995
Board of Trustees
Minutes and treasurer's reports
Financial and miscellaneous, 1967-1977
(1 of 2)
(2 of 2)
SOYO - Minutes, 1962-1968
Patron Saints Day programs, 1965, 1968
Fr. Basil Kalekas - Papers
Videotapes of interviews
Middle Eastern Festival; Sally Joseph, 1995 (1); Sylvia Sophiea, 1995 (5) (two copies)
H. Farrah (2); Samira Ghantos (3); George Abujamra (4), 1995
Ed Khori; Tom Joubran
Joe Faris, 1995 (6); John Salamon (7); Vera Farah (8); T. Mansour (9)
A. Mansour (9); Shaker Brackett (10)
Jack Hamady, 1997 (two sessions)
Woodrow Wilson Skaff, 1997
Tribute to Sam Farah (two copies)