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Iranian Political History collection

 Collection 0101-LIT

The Modern Iranian Political History collection consists of 20th century materials on the political environment in Iran during the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and immediately following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The collection spans the years 1944-2001, with the bulk of materials covering the dates 1977-1980. The collection includes grey pamphlet literature from opposition groups. Items include reprinted literature written by Iranian intellectual Ali Shariati and materials published by the communist Tudeh Party. Government issued reports are also present. All materials are in Persian. A preliminary inventory is available and can be found in the "Additional Description" section of this finding aid.


  • 1944-1985 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1976-1980

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


140 Items

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Dr. Habib Ladjevardi. The collection was originally held in the McKeldin Library, but was later transferred to Special Collections due to the archival nature of materials in the collection.

Guide to the Iranian Political History collection
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742