We are constantly working to expand our collections of books, papers, archives and manuscripts relevant to Armenian Studies at the University of Michigan. Currently, the Slavic and East European Division of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library houses over 22,500 books in the Armenian language alone. The graduate library also holds microfilm copies of important Armenian newspapers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan stores not only a small collection of medieval Armenian manuscripts, but we have also recently obtained the papers of Hamparzoum Arzoumanian (1866-1909), who was an activist within the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party, a member of the Central Executive Committee, and a Party field worker in Persia, Tsarist Russia, London, various American cities (Boston, Worcester (Mass.), New York, Waukegan (Ill.), East St. Louis, Detroit, etc.), and Brantford, Canada. The collection of papers includes family documents and official papers and photographs, correspondence with family, Party founders, members of the Central Executive Committee, chapters and individual members in Persia, Russia, Europe, and the United States. Also included are Party circulars, reports, a registry of fighters and groups, minutes and agendas, poems, notes, and several printed items.
More recently we have added a precious collection of posters and calendars by Armenian groups functioning in Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Greece and elsewhere that constitute an important contribution to the understanding of mass culture in the Armenian Diaspora.
The Armenian Studies Program has recently begun assembling a small library in our office on central campus. We are proud to display books from donors as well as recently published monographs by our own faculty, Post-Doctoral and Visiting Fellows. The collection was initiated with the donation of 75 volumes on Armenian history by George and Alice Kachigians, originally of Detroit, from the library of their late brother Harold Khachig Kachigian of Los Angeles.
In addition, the ASP collection holds a rare complete set of the monthly “Haiastan,” the official organ of the organization known as the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (1975-1985); a digitized copy of the revolutionary Hunchakian Party organ “Hunchak” (1988-1914); and a full set of audio recordings of the speeches, interviews and addresses of the leaders of the national-democratic movement in Armenia known as the Karabakh Committee (1988-1991) that led Soviet Armenia to independence and democratization.