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Omar ibn Said Materials at Wilson Special Collections Library: Wilson Library Holdings

This guide provides a gateway into research about Omar ibn Said using special collections materials held at Wilson Library Special Collections at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Photographs

Ambrotype of Omar ibn Said, circa 1855, held in the Ambrotype Collection (P0007), North Carolina Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library. Reproduced on Documenting the American South.

Ambrotype of Omar ibn Said

Albumen print of Omar ibn Said held in the DeRosset Family Papers (00214), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library. The reverse of this photograph has a short biography about Omar ibn Said by Alfred Moore Waddell, written in 1905. Waddell and the DeRosset family were associates of the Owen family. Reproduced and transcribed on Documenting the American South.

Omar ibn Said albumen printAlbumen print of Omar ibn Said, verso

Manuscripts

23rd Psalm written in Arabic by Omar ibn Said and laid into the scrapbook of John Frederick Foard, 1856. Held in the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library.

The 23rd Psalm manuscript was received by John Frederick Foard, associate of the Owen family, as a gift. Foard dedicates a chapter of his book North America and Africa: Their Past, Present and Future, and Key to the Negro Problem to the story of how he received the piece.

Omar ibn Said manuscript in Foard scrapbook

Sūrat al-Naṣr, سورة النصر, circa 1857. Held in the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library.

Sūrat al-Naṣr is understood to be Omar ibn Said's latest known extant writing. A note on the verso incorrectly states that it is the Lord's Prayer. Reproduced and transcribed at Documenting the American South.

Surat al-NasrSurat al-Nasr 2

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