The Armenian Studies Research Collections seeks to assemble materials for the study of the people, businesses, culture, and history of the local Armenian diaspora. With the donation of the first materials - the Zakarian Family Papers - in 2021, and the creation of an exhibit about these, Stockton University is developing an Armenian Studies Initiative. This includes the gathering of original materials such as photographs, letters, scrapbooks, family histories, and more to support further exploration of South Jersey-Armenian connections.
Special Collections thanks Dr. Raz Segal, Associate Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies and director of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) program and the Armenian Studies Initiative; Paul Vartan Sookiasian, community organizer; curator and artist Ryann Casey, coordinator of the Stockton University Art Gallery; Cynthia Ruggerio, a graduate of the MAHG program (2019), attorney, and scholar advisor for the Armenian Studies Initiative; and Zakarian family members Susan Arpajian Jolley and Allan Arpajian for their assistance in organizing and promoting this project and Armenian Studies at Stockton University.
If you or your organization have additional materials to donate to the collections, please contact Special Collections.