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Founded by Ruth Thomasian in Boston. Since 1975 when she first began collecting photographs, Thomasian and her staff have developed Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc. into a professional archives of approximately 20,000 images to date (current in year 2000), that are available for public use.

Founder and executive director of Project SAVE Armenian photograph Archives. Project SAVE has archival and oral documentation procedures. The collection includes a variety of images of landscapes and families in Historic Armenia in the Ottoman, Russian and Persian empires, as well as in the world-wide diaspora dating from the 1880's to contemporary times.


Belmont Citizen-Herald, MA
Sept 22 2005

The 30th Anniversary Celebration of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Newton Marriott Hotel.

The event will also mark the 60th birthday of Project SAVE's founder and executive director, Ruth Thomasian. The community is invited to attend.

Steve Kurkjian, investigative reporter for the Boston Globe, will host this anniversary event, and attorney Tony Barsamian will be the featured speaker. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception and photo exhibit at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, silent auction, and live music provided by the Al Shavarsh Bardezbanian Ensemble.

Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives strives to preserve and promote Armenian heritage and culture through the collection, preservation and dissemination of photographs. With over 25,000 images, both vintage and contemporary, Project SAVE's collection has been painstakingly documented by Thomasian and her staff.

Located in Watertown, and housed in the building that holds the Armenian Library & Museum, Project SAVE's photos and documents ensure that future generations will know of traditions, places and people that vanished long ago.

Project Save is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that relies on the generosity of its friends, both nationally and internationally, and on grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation; the Souren Maroukian Trust, Peter Karabashian, trustee; the Azadoutioun Foundation; and the Armenian-American Veterans Organization Inc.

Invitations for the 30th Anniversary Celebration have been mailed, or may be obtained by calling Project Save at 617-923-4542.

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