Antelias archives undergoes complete reorganization

Antelias archives undergoes complete reorganization

CATHOLICOSATE OF CILICIA ARCHIVES REORGANIZEDThe Archives department of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is currently undergoing complete reorganization under the supervision of Catholicos Aram I.


Within the Catholicosate?s general restoration works a special place was dedicated for the storage of archives. With the kind support of its director, Dr. Zaven Yegavian, the Department of Armenian Affairs of the Gulbenkian Foundation has accepted to meet the costs of the establishment of the Archives department.


The new department is located on the right hand of the Catholicosate?s main entrance and occupies a large area. It is supplied with special cabinet archives imported from Italy. Before the establishment of the Archives department, Mr. Krikor Shahinian worked on the reorganization of the Catholicosate?s archives. The department?s general director now is V. Rev. Fr. Yeghishe Mandjigian with Rev. Fr. Movses Boyadjian as his assistant.


The general director of the official Archives department of the Republic of Armenia, Amadouni Virabian, had visited the Catholicosate of Cilicia about five months ago and made a thorough examination of the Archives department in Antelias. He then presented his written proposals for the department?s reorganization to the Pontiff.


Virabian has now returned to Antelias with a team of seven professionals to work on the reorganization process which will conclude at the end of May.


The Catholicosate of Cilicia has rich archives related to the Armenian Genocide, the status of Armenians in the post-Genocide era, the Catholicosate?s efforts in the field of the Armenian Cause, writings by Catholicoi, research and writings by Armenian national leaders and intellectuals and the role of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in the Diaspora in general. The department also has a rich collection of photographs and films.


The Archives department is already open to the public. Intellectuals and researchers from Armenia and foreign countries come to conduct researches in the Catholicosate?s Archives department.


Source: Press release of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia.

27 April 2006

Communication and Information Department.

Contact: V. Rev. Fr. Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer.


Photo: Catholicos Aram I follows himself the activities in the Archives Department.