The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

De Liagre Böhl glass slides

The black and white glass slides collected by Prof. Böhl are unique snapshots of the Near East. They were taken at a time when major discoveries were being made and travel in this region was an adventure.

The bridge Pol-e Dokhtar in Luristan, Iran. Photo F.M.Th. de Liagre Böhl, 1939.

Prof. F.M.Th. de Liagre Böhl, Professor of Assyriology at Leiden University and Co-Director of NINO 1939-1955, collected a large number of glass slides between ca. 1920-1950. He used them to illustrate his university and public lectures. Many are photographs that he took on his journeys in Egypt (1920'ies), Iraq (1932 and 1939), and Iran (1939).

Inventory, cataloguing and description of the collection was initiated by Deborah Giannessi and is currently in progress. The goal is to digitize these unique and valuable images and publish them online. More information on the digitization project, and all digitised slides, are found on the NINO Collection glass slides page on this website.

A few highlights of the collection are presented here.