The Tangier American Legation hosted the U.S. Legation and Consulate for 140 years, and was the formal conduit for diplomatic and consular relations between the United States and Morocco. After the diplomatic move to Rabat after Morocco’s independence in 1956, the building operated as a Foreign Service Institute and, later, as a Peace Corps training center. In 1976, the Legation became home to a museum and cultural center managed by the non-profit Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM). This thesis is a comprehensive cultural history of TALIM using interviews and archives — i.e., the first historiography of TALIM. It also adds to the study of cultural memory and agency through a demonstration of how memories are transmitted across generations, and what memory’s role is within oral history. Furthermore, this thesis illustrates the impetus behind maintaining TALIM as an institution. Ultimately, this cultural history of TALIM shows how memory affects oral history through its provision of both documented and perceived ideas of “what happened in history” — both of which are necessary in constructing a comprehensive account of any subject.
Table of Contents:
|CHAPTER ONE: What is TALIM?||10|
|CHAPTER TWO: 1821 TO 1976: BEGINNINGS OF THE TANGIER AMERICAN LEGATION||22|
|CHAPTER THREE: 1976 TO 2016: TALIM’S MANY FACES||32|
|CHAPTER FOUR: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF TALIM AS ETHNOGRAPHY||66|
|CHAPTER FIVE: ORAL HISTORY, HISTORIOGRAPHY, AND ANTHROPOLOGY||78|
|CHAPTER SIX: MEMORY: ITS FORMS AND FUNCTIONS||94|
|CONCLUSION: METHODS & REFLECTION||112|
|Appendix A: Interview Transcripts||124|
|Appendix B: Photos from the Legation||298|
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