Senior Instructor
Rare Books and Special Collections Library


Brief Biography

Stephen Urgola is the University archivist at The American University in Cairo, where he manages the institution’s historical records as well as manuscript collections at the Rare Books and Special Collections Library.  Stephen also directs the AUC’s Records Management program and the Archives’ oral history initiatives.  He has managed the University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution project as well as grant projects to preserve, organize, and describe several of the library’s leading collections, including the papers of architects Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef (U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities) and the K.A.C. Creswell Photograph Collection of Islamic Architecture (Getty Foundation).  Stephen has organized exhibitions at the Rare Books Library and makes presentations about the library’s archival and rare book holdings to AUC classes and library visitors. He has also given talks and poster sessions at conferences and assisted other institutions in Cairo in planning their archival programs.

Prior to coming to AUC, Stephen served as the assistant director of the university archives at Columbia University in New York City and worked with the New England Jesuit Province Archives at his undergraduate alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He also spent a year as a National Historical Publications and Records Commission Fellow in Archival Management at Duke University’s Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library in Durham, North Carolina.  Stephen holds a master's degree in history and a certificate from New York University’s Program in archival management.