NORTHRIDGE – The Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, in partnership with the university’s Department of Modern and CLassical Languages and Literature, is working to build a collection of resources documenting L.A’s Armenian community.
The United States has the second largest Armenian population in the diaspora; Los Angeles County has the largest concentration of Armenians in the U.S; and Cal State Northridge has the second largest population of Armenian students of any university in the world.
By collecting, organizing, and preserving donated personal items such as diaries, letter, photographs, memories, vital records, and financial accounts, the Oviatt Library hopes to serve the campus community, other researchers, and L.A’s Armenian population.
Collected materials from individuals, families, corporations, religious groups, and service organizations will serve to enhance student learning in the Armenian Studies program while supporting interdisciplinary research on campus and beyond according to Dr. Vahram Shemmassian, Director CSUN’s Armenian Studies Program and one of the driving force behind the Armenian collecting project. While there are already some excellent collections of Armenian materials in the Los Angeles area, Shemmassian says, “There still exists a rich treasure trove of materials in L.A that needs to be preserved.” The collection and curation of these items will provide scholarly access, and help to preserve an important cultural heritage by documenting the role of the Armenian community in shaping the character and culture of Southern California.
For information on how to donated materials to the Oviatt Library, please call (818) 677-2638.