This collection consists of digitised photographs donated to the Planet Bethlehem Archive by William Victor Kattan.
The images show members of the Kattan family from the late 19th century up to the 21st century in multiple locations around the world, including Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Italy, the UK, India and Japan.
The documents date from as early as 1908 up to the 1950s. They tell the story of the establishment and growth of the Kattan family business in Sudan by the five sons of Giries Hanna Kattan and Hanne Salame Kattan. These were namely Khalil, Habib, Hanna, Nakhle and Victor. The documents include property deeds, business letters, partnership agreements, logo designs, copyright applications and company logbooks.
Where documents are in hand-written Arabic, the Planet Bethlehem Archive has produced typed Arabic transcriptions which are included alongside the original item.
This collection consists of letters and postcards donated to the Planet Bethlehem Archive by William Victor Kattan.
The letters were written in Arabic between 1913 and 1928 by the daughters and sons of Hanne Salame Kattan and Giries Hanna Kattan. Many of the letters were exchanged between the eldest three of these siblings, Khalil, Josephine and Habib, detailing the family's business and social lives in Sudan, Germany and Egypt in that period. There are also a number of letters exchanged with the siblings' father, Giries, who was still operating the family business in Bethlehem in the 1920s.
Transcribed versions of the Arabic letters are included, alongside scans of the original versions.