Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to collect, document, preserve, and present the historic and modern photographic record of Armenians and Armenian heritage.
"Project SAVE is not only a photograph archive, but also serves as a witness to history. As a writer, I am deeply concerned about the preservation of Armenian artifacts and images of our history from before and during the Genocide. This is important for historians and researchers. For a great, ancient civilization that was nearly wiped off the earth in 1915, the reconstruction of our past is essential to our present and future."
Peter Balakian - Pen Award Winning Author of 'Black Dog of Fate' and 'Sad Days of Light',
Professor of English, Colgate University
A documentary by Walker Creek Media, featuring music by Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian
Founded in 1975 by Ruth Thomasian, Project SAVE Archives, located in Watertown, Massachusetts, currently has a
growing collection of more than 45,000 photographs dating from 1860. Unique in its mission, Project SAVE preserves
the fragmented heritage of the dispersed Armenian people through photographs and memories of life in historic Armenia.
Project SAVE's collection of photographs chronicles the life and culture of the Armenian people during the Ottoman,
Russian, and Persian empires,in the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia, as well as in today's Republic of Armenia,
in the Armenian Diaspora created in the wake of the Genocide, with particular emphasis on the Armenian-American community.
Each image is painstakingly documented and catalogued by founder and executive director, Ruth Thomasian, and her dedicated
(mostly volunteer) staff. Thomasian often spends hours interviewing photo donors as they document their photographs with
stories about thir lives, ancestors, and cultural details. These interviews are tape recorded and become part of Project
SAVE's oral history tape collection, currently in excess of 1000 hours from nearly 600 interviewees. In addition to
promoting greater knowledge of the history and culture of Armenians and Armenian-Americans, Project SAVE also strives to
document the lives and works of Armenian photographers. It is through their work that so many images of historic Armenian
life and traditions were captured and preserved.
In order to achieve our purpose, we need full-time professional staff operating in a larger office space that meets
archival standards for temperature and humidity control, and we need an endowment that will insure this professional care
of our treasured collections.
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