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Columbia Armenian Oral History Archive, 1968-1977

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1480
Bib ID 5321412 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Parsegian, V. L (Vazken L.) ; Parsegian, V. L (Vazken L.)
Title Columbia Armenian Oral History Archive, 1968-1977
Physical Description 3 sound recordings: (3 sound recordings: 245 sound discs 210 hrs. digital ; 4 3/4 inches 2 record cartons)
Language(s) Material is in Armenian, English and Turkish.
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 14 and 15. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Description

Summary

The Columbia Armenian Oral History Archive is an important collection of audio and video recordings of first-person accounts of the early and recent experiences of Armenians, recorded after they had immigrated to the United States. The Archive's featured collection consists of extensive 142 interviews in Armenian, English and Turkish languages with immigrants conducted by Vazken L. Parsegian during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing largely on the survivors' memories of their personal experiences of the abduction, deportation, imporisonment and massacre of Armenians and the destruction of Armenian communities under the Ottoman Empire in the first decades of the Twentieth century. The testimonies also recount the early formation of Armenian communities in various cities of United States and socio-economic conditions.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 14 and 15. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, and the Armenian Education Council, 2004. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Columbia Armenian Oral History Archive; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Revision Description

2009-07-07 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oral histories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Achcheian, Hairabed, 1893- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Afrikian, Vahan, 1886- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ajemian, Alice, 1902- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ajemian, Hagop, 1892- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Alabilikian, Avedis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Alexandrian, Carnig Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Alexian, Charles, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Andonian, Haigaz, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Andreassian, John, 1897- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anonymous Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Antoyan, Haiganoush, 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Armenian Americans -- Biography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Armenian massacres, 1915-1923 -- Personal narratives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Armenians -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arslanian, Kevork, 1908- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Atamian, Hagop, 1907- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Avedisian, Armenig, 1900- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Babigian, Charles, 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bablouzian, Armenouhi, 1916- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boole, Helen, 1907- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bozian, Charles, 1884- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cachoian, Mihran, 1892- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cachoian, Vartouhie, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chammasian, Martha, 1898- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Charkoudian, Haroutiun, 1900- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinian, Harry, 1894- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cosac, Alexander, 1896- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dalalian, Mihran, 1887- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Demerjian, Aousyak, 1904- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Der Hagopian, Aram, 1897- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Der Krikorian, Gulvart, 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Der Krikorian, Krikor, 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dildilian, Ara, 1907- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Donigian, Siranoush, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Doudoukjian, Mary, 1893- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Evlian, Harry, 1892- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Garabedian, Garbes, 1904- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Garabedian, Kaizer, 1891- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geldadian, Adrine Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geldadian, John, 1902- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gochigian, Salame, 1897- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goodian, Pauline, 1900- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gregory, Lousaper, 1920- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Guerigian, Nevart, Reverend Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gulesian, Alice, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haigaz, Aram Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hajinlian, Dikranouhi, 1901- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hamparsumian, Surpuhi, 1890- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haratunian, Alice, 1899- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harrian, Yervant, 1890- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Herrian, Aretmis, 1905- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hovagimian, Hagop, 1900- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hovannesian, Osanna, 1898- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hovsepian, Aghavni, 1888- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Israelian, Agnes, 1888- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Israelian, Terezia, 1904- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Javian, Shanar, 1905- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jehanian, Mardiros, 1896- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jehanian, Nevart, 1908- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jelilian, Kegham, 1877- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jismejian, Corina, 1898- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kamberian, Haigoohi, 1901- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kanian, Araxie, 1895- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kapikian, Zareh, 1898- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Karakashian, Ephronia, 1910- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kasarjian, John, 1899- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kazanjian, Oscar, 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kemberian, Charles, 1901- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Keoleian, Lucig Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Keoroghlian, Hagop Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Khatchadorian, Nevart, 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Khatchadourian, Vava, 1905- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Khetishian, Diruhi, 1906- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koobatian, Sahag, 1891- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koomrian, Makrouhi, 1893- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koumrian, Nathan, 1886- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kouzoujian, Vartouhi, 1898- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mahjoubian, Charles, (Doctor), 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Malkasian, Vahan, 1897- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manasian, Zabelle, 1889- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manoogian, Sion, Archbishop Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Megerdichian, Mary, 1895- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mendikian, Aram, 1891- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mesrobian, Vartuhie, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Michigan, Siranoush, 1902- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Minetian, Makrouhi, 1904- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mirak, John, 1907-2000 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mkhitarian, Atlas, 1892- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mooseghian, Hrant, 1904- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mugar, Anna, 1889- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mugar, Stephen, 1901- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nalbandian, Sarkis, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nargesian, Victoria, 1900- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nazarian, George, 1899- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nishanian, Ankine Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ohanessian, Hovhannes, 1899- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Orchanian, Hagop, 1895- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Orchanian, Menase, 1908- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Orfaly, Louis, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ourfalian, Verkin, 1895- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pahigian, Armenouhi, 1894- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parikian, Hamaspur, 1905- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pehlvanian, Rose, 1913- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pilibosian, Khachadoor, 1904-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Riggs, Alice, 1916- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sahagian, Leon, 1894- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Santikian, Ovsanna, 1910- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sevanian, Paris, 1895- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shahinian, Hanum, 1893- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shahinian, Paul, 1905- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shakarjian, Avedis, 1906- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sharikian, Mary, 1896- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Simonian, Pergouhie, 1900- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soukiasian, Onneg, 1896- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sulakian, Gulenie, 1905- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Takoushian, Hadji, 1884- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Takoushian, Mary, 1893- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tarpinian, Tanya, 1895- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tarzian, Baidzar, 1892- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tatarian, Keghani, 1887- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tateosian, Souren, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tegnazian, Anna, 1881- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Terzian, Hrant, 1886- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Terzian, Satenig Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tufankjian, Levon, 1888- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vezirian, John, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vezirian, Osanna, 1907- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yaghsizian, Ephronia, 1913- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yaghsizlian, Hagop, 1901- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yervant, Hratch, 1885- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yesaian, Edward, 1903- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zoornajian, Kaspar, 1892- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Vazken L. Parsegian was born in Van, Turkish Armenia in 1908. His father Sahag has immigrated to the United States in the year 1912 while mother served as a cook in the hospital ran by Dr. Clarence Usher. In the summer of 1915 joining the hundred and thousands of refugees fleeing Turkey from the massacres, arrived Yerevan (capital of Armenia) and in October 15, 1916 settled in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

As with many emigrants filled with enthusiasm and eagerness to succeed, he began to work as mechanic in a car repair shop. Later, following to an advice from a teacher who had brought his car, he attended the Lowell Institute School. Upon graduation he applied for study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MIT (B.S., 1933) was followed by studies in nuclear physics at New York University (Ph.D., 1948). His first twelve years were in industrial research and engineering departments. Then for nearly five years he was Director of Research with the New York Operations Office on the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. In 1954 he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as Dean of the School of Engineering, and in 1961 was appointed to the distinguished Chair of Rensselaer Professor to develop interdisciplinary educational programs.

Dr. Parsegian was closely involved with national nuclear policy issues, including a debate with Admiral Lewis L. Strauss, head o f the Atomic Energy Commission, on the harmful effect of secrecy ("The New York Times Sunday Magazine" of October 14, 1956). He served nine years with the nuclear and science committees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of formulation of national policy on atomic energy, with appearances before the joint Committee on Atomic Energy of the Congress. He as been Consultant to the colleges of the State University of New York, and to the General Electric Company's project on nuclear power for aircraft. On invitation from President Victor Hambartsumian of the Academy of Sciences of Armenian, in 1962 he was an Exchange Scientist of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. He Served with the Visiting Committee of the Department of Psychology of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a member of the Central Committee of the Armenian General Benevolent Union of America for many years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Howard Karagheusian Commemorative Corporation. In 1967 he and his friends founded the Friends of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with which he has served as President and Honorary President to the present time. Dr. Parsegian has published many articles and books. He was Consulting Editor for an Academic Press series on Nuclear Science and Technology, and for the Journal of College Science Teaching. He directed a large project which produced textbooks that integrated the physical and life sciences in two volumes (Introduction to Natural Science, Academic Press, 1968, 1970). He is the author of "Industrial Management in the Atomic Age" (Addison Wesley, 1965), and "This Cybernetic World" (Doubleday, 1972) which was translated into German and Japanese editions. He is listed in the marquis Who's Who in the World, World Who's Who in Science from Antiquity to the Present, and others. He became Rensselaer Professor Emeritus in 1975, but continued at RPI on various Armenian Projects.

In 1966 with Friends he had organized the Armenian Educational Council inc., and has served as its Chairman to the present time. The Council initiated an Oral History project with individuals who had survived the massacres. When in 1970 he met Dr. Armen Haghnazarian of the Germany group called Research on Armenian Architecture the two organizations initiated a twenty year international project to assemble and archival collection on Armenian Architecture. Centered at the School of Architecture of RPI, the project is now completed, with the collection holding 42,999 photographs and documentation in microfiche, on some941 sites and monuments in Armenia, Turkey, Karabagh, Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan, Iran Georgia, and the Crimea. Its seven volumes are resource for research in over 100 major research libraries of Europe in the United States. The Council is currently engaged in seeking international protection for the monuments that remain in Turkey, and in aiding the scientific and industrial development of Armenia. In his Human Rights & Genocide, 1975: the Hope, the Reality and Still the Hope book he discusses Human Rights violations against Armenian nation.