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Sehba Sarwar Papers

Identifier: 2016-042

This collection includes Sarwar’s writings and publications, publishing correspondence, publicity materials, and journals, her planning documents, course materials and other documents related to youth and adult workshops, student publications from Sarwar’s classes, as well as documents from committee memberships, awards, ephemera and original artwork.

Materials are arranged intellectually by category, with each series corresponding to different activities. Materials are arranged chronologically within each series.


  • 1964-2023
  • Majority of material found within 1999-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


6.0 linear feet

Biographical Information

Sehba Sarwar is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, activist, educator and founder of Voices Breaking Boundaries (2014-015). Sarwar was raised in Karachi, Pakistan and developed an early commitment to activism and social justice through her parents. Over the past thirty years, she has generated poetry, essays, short-stories, a novel, visual art installations. Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Callaloo and more.

Alongside her work as an artist and writer, Sarwar has taught for Writers in the Schools, held youth and adult workshops, and served on the boards of several prominent organizations such as Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, and Friends of Women’s Studies at UH. Sarwar is currently based in Southern California from where she produces writing and art, offers workshops, and continues to lead VBB.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sehba Sarwar in 2014.

Related Materials

Voices Breaking Boundaries Records

Guide to the Sehba Sarwar Papers
Emily Brooks
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA