Nancy Dupree

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Nancy Dupree
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Nancy Hatch Dupree giving a speech during the International Architectural Ideas Competition at the National Museum of Afghanistan in September 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan
Born 1927 (age 88–89)[1]
Kerala, India
Nationality American and Afghan
Occupation Administrator
Title Director of the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University
Successor Incumbent

Nancy Hatch Dupree (born 1927)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3][4]

Dupree was born in India to American parents and went to Barnard College and Columbia University.[5]

Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


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.

Dupree divides her time between Afghanistan and her other home in North Carolina.[6]


  • A Historical Guide to Afghanistan (1972)
  • An Historical Guide to Kabul
  • A Guide to the National Museum


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