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In Victorian England, it was not common for women to attend university. Of course, Gertrude Bell was no usual woman, and after reading history at Oxford she went on to travel the globe, with extended stays in Persia and other locales. She was also fascinated by the Arab world and she spent time learning Arabic and later in life she was given the title of Honorary Director of Antiquities in Iraq. After she passed away, her papers were given to the University of Newcastle, and over the past few years they have been digitizing her works and placing them in this online archive. The materials are divided into three primary sections: "Photos", "Diaries", and "Letters". The photo section should not be missed, as visitors can travel across late-19th century Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Syria, and the West Bank through Bell's camera lens and her acutely trained eye. Of course, the diaries are a real find as well and the fifty-year record of her personal letters are quite revealing.
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