|Born||1927 (age 88–89)
|Nationality||American and Afghan|
|Title||Director of the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University|
Nancy Hatch Dupree (born 1927) is the director of the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University in Afghanistan and author of five books that she compiled while studying the history of Afghanistan from 1962 until the late 1970s. She first arrived in Afghanistan in 1962 as a diplomat's wife. Several years later, she met Louis Duprée, who was a renowned archaeologist and scholar of Afghan culture and history. The two fell in love and got married after divorcing their former spouses. The husband and wife team from the United States worked together for 15 years in Kabul, collecting as many works written about Afghanistan as they could. They have travelled all across the country to conduct archaeological excavations in their Land Rover truck. During the years of the civil war in Afghanistan, she spent time in Peshawar, Pakistan, where she ran a resource centre for Afghan refugees.
Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation
In 2007, Nancy Hatch Dupree established the Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation. It is a charitable organization that promotes scientific studies and raises awareness of the history and culture of Afghanistan. In addition this organization also preserves Afghani cultural heritage. The organization's primary goal is to ensure the sustainability of the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University (ACKU). Programs offer Afghans from all walks of life, especially the youth, incentives to acquire and employ information that will help them address the challenges of rebuilding their nation.
The organization has been able to achieve its overall goal by purchasing books and providing them to the schools in some part of Afghanistan that has never had any library. Due to the instability the organization have not been able to achieve all of its goals as an active NGO.
Dupree was born in 1927 to American parents in Kerala (then Travancore) in India, on the Arabian Sea coast. Her parents were working in Kerala on rural development programs, and also were involved in village community drama. Dupree spent most of her childhood in Kerala. She subsequently also lived with her parents in Latin America.
- A Historical Guide to Afghanistan (1972)
- An Historical Guide to Kabul
- A Guide to the National Museum
- Dalrymple, William (5 April 2013). "I Think I'll Just Finish My Chips". Newsweek Pakistan (AG Publications (Private) Limited). Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- Graham-Harrison, Emma (26 March 2013). "From Kabul love affair to Afghanistan's first centre for study of its history". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
- Nancy Dupree: Still Fighting for Afghanistan
- ‘Grandmother of Afghanistan’ Nancy Hatch Dupree says it may be time to move on
- The Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation
- Museum Under Siege: Full Text by Nancy Hatch Dupree
- ABLE in Afghanistan
- A Chronicler of Afghan Culture, Now Its Loyal Guard
- Preserving Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage: An Interview with Nancy Hatch Dupree
- Nancy Dupree's love affair with Kabul at the Wayback Machine (archived March 6, 2012)
- Groundbreaking ceremony for new library at Kabul University: 25 July 2009
- on YouTube
- Interviews with an Afghan Legend Part I: ACKU Founder Nancy Hatch Dupree on Documenting and Digitizing Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage (an Edward Zellem interview series)
- Interviews with an Afghan Legend Part II: Nancy Hatch Dupree on ABLE, Afghan Education, and Self-Sufficiency
- Afghan Legend Nancy Dupree Part III: New ACKU Building Combines Traditional Afghan Architecture and 21st Century Education
- Afghanistan Center at Kabul University