The Abdel Mun’im Talhouk Collection of about four linear feet includes documents related to Dr. Talhouk’s research and teaching, as well as correspondence with scientists and entomologists, a few research papers, some books, microfilms and slides of insects, in addition to an album and some photos about moths. The collection was donated by Ms. Amal Talhouk to the Archives and Special Collections Department, in July 2016, in memory of her father, and in recognition of the importance of his work for future research.
Dr. Abdul Mun'im Talhouk discovered his lifelong fascination with insects in the 1930s while working on his father's orchard in the mountains of Lebanon. He received his BS in 1948 and his MS in 1955 from the American University of Beirut, and his PhD from the University of Munich, in 1960. In the course of his career, he discovered numerous insect and mite species in Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia, several of which bear his name. The author of numerous scholarly publications, Professor Talhouk taught at AUB from 1955 to 1985. He served as a research entomologist with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Agriculture from 1976 until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Talhouk published numerous articles and books about insects. He offered his rare butterflies and insects collection from 1935- 2002 to the Natural History Museum of the American University of Beirut.