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Collection Inventory

Series I. Planning, 1975-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains information about the creation of the Armenian Nationality Room through the Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh. It contains materials from 1975 to 1985: progress reports, event documentation, expense reports, travel expense notebooks, fundraising and donation notices, member and donor information, community news, research materials, and documentation of a trip to Armenia.

Subseries 1. Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh Foundation, 1977-1981

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains reports on activities, meeting minutes, correspondence, notices, planning the creation of the Armenian Nationality Room, quarterly treasurer reports, donor forms, event planning, expense reports, and status reports relating to talent search for architecture and room decoration.


Box 1
Folder 1 Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh Foundation, 1977-1978

This folder contains the seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, articles of confederation, and the Armenian-American Club by-laws.

Folder 2-3 Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh Foundation, 1978
Folder 4 Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh Foundation, 1978-1979
Folder 5 Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh Foundation, 1977-1981

Subseries 2. Progress Reports, 1978-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials relating to the progress on the planning, construction, decoration, and dedication of the Armenian Nationality Room. This includes preliminary designs, design drawers, design review criteria, records establishing the quasi-endowment fund, theme notes, meeting minutes, member lists, correspondence, university pledges, newsletters, letters to board members, designer records, and presentation notes.

Folder 6-8 Progress Reports, 1978-1979
Folder 9 Progress Reports, 1980
Folder 10 Progress Reports, 1981-1983
Folder 11-13 Progress Reports, 1984

Folder 11 contains the Construction Bid for the Armenian Nationality Room.

Folder 14 Progress Reports, 1984-1985
Folder 15-19 Progress Reports, 1985

Folder 16 contains the CSK 21885 Agreement between the Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh and Torkom Khrimian the Armenian Nationality Room's architect and designer. Folder 19 contains the preliminary design of the Armenian Nationality Room.

Subseries 3. Events, 1979-1983

Scope and Content Notes:

The subseries contains records relating to events hosted by the Armenian Nationality Room Committee. These events include speakers, symposiums, and banquets. These records include correspondence, handouts, personal notes, flyers, programs, speeches, press releases, newsletters, guest lists, and member lists.

Folder 20 Events, 1979
Folder 21 Events, 1979-1980
Folder 22 Events, 1981-1980
Folder 23-24 Events, 1982
Folder 25 Events, 1982-1983

This folder contains Charles Klanian's 1982 Martyr's Day speech.

Subseries 4. Expense Reports, 1984-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains expense reports by the Armenian Nationality Room Committee relating to the years 1984 and 1985.

Folder 26 Expense Reports, 1984-1985

Subseries 5. Travel Expenses, 1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains travel expense notes from the Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh and the Armenian Nationality Room Committee for the year 1985.

Folder 27 Travel Expenses, 1985

Subseries 6. Fundraising and Donations, 1980-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials relating to fundraising and donations, including: correspondence, pamphlets, and treasurer memos.

Folder 28 Fundraising and Donations, 1980-1985

This folder contains the treasurer memo to establish the quasi-endowment fund for the Armenian Nationality Room.

Folder 29 Fundraising and Donations, 1985

Subseries 7. Member and Donor Information, 1980-1984

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials about significant publicity and information relating to individual members and donors of the Armenian Nationality Room. Notably, this includes Alex Manoogian, David Shakarian, and Papken Sassouni.

Folder 30 Member and Donor Information, 1980-1983
Folder 31 Member and Donor Information, 1984

Subseries 8. Community News, 1980, 1982-1983

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains records retained by the Armenian Nationality Room relating to significant Armenian-American community news, historical publications relating to Armenians, and Armenian news. These records include published pamphlets, speech transcripts, reports, magazine articles, newspaper articles, and correspondence.

Folder 32 Community News, 1980
Folder 33 Community News, 1982-1983

Subseries 9. Research, 1975-1984

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains research materials relating to the design of the Armenian Nationality Room. These materials include: magazine articles, book lists, correspondence, an architecture book, and design print outs.

Folder 34 Research, 1975-1984

Subseries 10. Armenian Trip, 1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains record of the 1985 Armenian Nationality Room Armenian Trip. These records include correspondence, itineraries, letters of introduction, and an expense report.

Folder 35 Armenia Trip, 1985

Series II. Design and Construction, 1986-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains the materials from the Armenian Nationality Room in 1986-1988, much of it relating to the design, construction, and dedication of the room. The materials include: progress reports, event documentation, expense reports, travel expense notebooks, fundraising and donations notices, member and donor information, research materials, the final design packet, publicity records, papers concerning the dedication book, and dedication records. A majority of the subseries within this series are repeated three times to reflect the original, physical chronological arrangement by Charles Klanian.

Subseries 1. Progress Reports, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains meeting minutes, correspondence, notices, quarterly treasurer reports, stone masonry quotes, design drawings, a construction plan, structural calculations, electrical calculations, a maintenance agreement, construction costs lists, a donation plaque proposal, the beginning of the Shakarian escrow agreement, articles establishing the Armenian lecture series, two spiral-bound project specifications, and status reports on room progression.

Folder 36-43 Progress Reports, 1986

Folder 37 contains the Standard Form of Agreement between the University of Pittsburgh and Eugene V. Dotter Engineering, Inc. establishing Eugene V. Dotter as Engineer of the Record and James Gerald as Associate Architect.

Folder 44-45 Specifications for the Workmanship and Materials for the Construction of the Armenian Nationality Classroom, 1986

Subseries 2. Events, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains a record relating to Armenian Nationality Room event: a reception invitation list.

Folder 46 Events, 1986

Subseries 3. Expense Reports, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains expense reports for the Armenian Nationality Room in the year 1986. This includes: checking account reports, income and expenses lists, cash reports, mailing receipts, and correspondence.

Folder 47-48 Expense Reports, 1986

Subseries 4. Travel Expenses, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains receipts, tickets, and notes relating to travel for members of the Armenian Room Committee in the year 1986.

Folder 49 Travel Expenses, 1986

Subseries 5. Fundraising and Donations, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains records relating to donations and fundraising for the Armenian Nationality Room. This includes: correspondence, gift agreements, escrow agreements, and a copy of a check.

Folder 50-51 Fundraising and Donor Information, 1986

Folder 50 contains records of the Alex and Marie Mangooian Foundation donation. Folder 51 contains the Lois Shakarian James escrow and gift agreement.

Subseries 6. Member and Donor Information, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains research materials about significant publicity and information relating to individual members and donors of the Armenian Nationality Room.

Folder 52 Member and Donor Information, 1986

Subseries 7. Research, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains research materials relating to the design of the Armenian Nationality Room. These materials include: drawings and pictures of medieval Armenian churches.

Folder 53 Research, 1986

Subseries 8. Final Design, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials relating to the final design of the Armenian Nationality Room Project. These materials include: correspondence, the final project report, electrical calculations, and structural calculations.

Folder 54 Final Design, 1986

Subseries 9. Publicity, 1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials relating to publicity for the Armenian Nationality Room. These materials include: newspaper articles.

Folder 55 Publicity, 1986

Subseries 10. Progress Reports, 1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials relating to the progression of the Armenian Nationality Room. These records are primarily concerned with building efforts and include: personal notes, correspondence, meeting minutes, speech transcripts, project meeting reports, schedules, design reviews, design sketches, invoices, weekly summaries, change orders copies, a contract agreement, reports to the Armenian-American Club of Pittsburgh, calculations, professional translations, architectural drawings, newsletters, and the General Conditions for the Contract of Construction booklet.


Box 2
Folder 1-16 Progress Reports, 1987

Folder 8 contains the Standard of Agreement between the University of Pittsburgh and a contractor: John Deklewa & Sons, Inc. Folder 14 contains design sketches of the door and furniture for the Armenian Nationality Room. Folder 15 contains design sketches of the door plaque for the Armenian Nationality Room.

Subseries 11. Events, 1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains records relating to Armenian Nationality Room events: an invitation list, speech transcripts, and correspondence.

Folder 17 Events, 1987

Subseries 12. Expense Reports, 1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains expense reports for the Armenian Nationality Room in the year 1987. This includes cash reports, authorization forms, funding analysis, and checking account summaries.

Folder 18-20 Expense Reports, 1987

Subseries 13. Travel Expenses, 1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains receipts, tickets, and notes relating to travel for members of the Armenian Nationality Room Committee in 1987.

Folder 21 Travel Expenses, 1987

Subseries 14. Fundraising and Donations, 1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains correspondence relating to fundraising efforts and donations for the Armenian Nationality Room in 1987.

Folder 22 Fundraising and Donations, 1987

Subseries 15. Publicity, 1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials like press releases, correspondence, and newspaper articles relating to publicity for the Armenian Nationality Room in 1987.

Folder 23 Publicity, 1987

Subseries 16. Dedication Book, 1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials relating to the creation of the Armenian Nationality Room dedication book: notes, drafts, correspondence, and copies of the dedication book.

Folder 24 Dedication Book, 1987

Subseries 17. Progress Reports, 1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains records related to the progression of the formation and running of the Armenian Nationality Room. Records include: correspondence, surveys, funding notices, contractor reports, meeting minutes, programs, construction notes, speech transcripts, agenda lists, and project meeting reports.

Folder 25-33 Progress Reports, 1988

Subseries 18. Events, 1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains records related to the Armenian Nationality Room events: lecture flyers, correspondence, and notes.

Folder 34 Events, 1988

Subseries 19. Expense Reports, 1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the 1988 expense reports for the Armenian Nationality Room. This includes materials like: correspondence, payment certifications, financial summaries, receipts, and cash reports.

Folder 35-39 Expense Reports, 1988

Subseries 20. Travel Expenses, 1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains receipts, tickets, and notes relating to travel for members of the Armenian Nationality Room Committee in 1988.

Folder 40 Travel Expenses, 1988

Subseries 21. Fundraising and Donations, 1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains correspondence relating to fundraising efforts and donations for the Armenian Nationality Room in 1988.

Folder 41-42 Fundraising and Donations, 1988

Subseries 22. Community News, 1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains records retained by the Armenian Nationality Room relating to significant Armenian-American community news, historical publications relating to Armenians, and Armenian news. These records include a press release, newspaper articles, and correspondence.

Folder 43 Community News, 1988

Subseries 23. Publicity, 1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials like press releases, correspondence, magazine articles, newspaper articles, and the Nationality Rooms book relating to publicity for the Armenian Nationality Room in 1988.

Folder 44-45 Publicity, 1988

Subseries 24. Dedication, 1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains records of the Armenian Nationality Room's dedication on August 28, 1988. Records include: programs, invitations, pronunciation guides, flyers, banquet notices, correspondence, speech transcripts, and newspaper articles.

Folder 46-48 Dedication, 1988

Series III. Active Use, 1989-2011

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains materials from the Armenian Nationality Room in 1989-2011 concerning the continuation and the role of the Armenian Nationality Room and Committee in the Nationality Rooms Program. The materials include: progress reports, events, expense reports, fundraising and donation information, member and donor information, community news, publicity, and papers relating to room additions.

Subseries 1. Progress Reports, 1989-2003

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains progress reports of the Armenian Nationality Room from 1989 to 2003, materials include: correspondence, speeches, treasurer reports, council member lists, newsletters, emails, by-law amendments, donation lists, and funds reviews.

Folder 49 Progress Reports, 1989-1995

This folder contains two records translated from Armenian to English.

Folder 50 Progress Reports, 1996-1998
Folder 51 Progress Reports, 1998-1999
Folder 52 Progress Reports, 2000-2003

Subseries 2. Events, 1991-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains records relating to Armenian Nationality Room hosted events. These records include: correspondence, flyers, speeches, and agendas.

Folder 53 Events, 1991-1994
Folder 54 Events, 1993-2002

Subseries 3. Publicity, 1989-1993

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains articles and publications promoting the Armenian Nationality Room.

Folder 7 Publicity, 1989-1990

This folder contains two records translated from Armenian to English.

Folder 8 Publicity, 1991-1993

Subseries 4. Expense Reports, 1989-1991

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains reports on Armenian Nationality Room expenses in the years 1989 to 1991.


Box 3
Folder 1 Expense Reports, 1989-1991

Subseries 5. Fundraising and Donations, 1990-2001

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries is composed of correspondence noting fundraising efforts and donations in the years 1990 to 2001.

Folder 2 Fundraising and Donations, 1990-1991

Subseries 6. Member and Donor Information, 1989-2001

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries has materials documenting notable correspondence and happenings to donors and members of the Armenian Nationality Room in 1989-2001.

Folder 3 Member and Donor Information, 1989-1993
Folder 4 Member and Donor Information, 1995
Folder 5 Member and Donor Information, 1998-2001

Subseries 7. Community News, 1989-2001

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries is composed of records of important events and news within the Armenian-American community.

Folder 6 Community News, 1989-2001

Subseries 8. Additions, 1989-2011

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains photographs, correspondence, speeches, and personal notes relating to the acquisition of the katchkar (stone cross) and the addition of the wrought iron door hardware for the Armenian Nationality Room.

Folder 9 Katchkar, 1989-1990
Folder 10 Katchkar, 1990-1991
Folder 11 Wrought Iron Door Hardware, 2008-2011

Series IV. Oversized Records, 1987-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This series is composed of oversized design and architectural records located in map case 26, drawer 1.


Map-case 26
Folder 1 Architectural and Design Records, 1987-1988

Series V. Multimedia, 1982-2001

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains visual and audio multimedia: slides, photographs, contact sheets, negatives, photographic prints, 3/4" umatic video tape, VHS tape, audio cassette tape, and 1/4" audio tape.

Subseries 1. Photographs, 1985-1995

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries is composed of photographs, photographic prints, and 35mm slides that depict events regarding the planning, fundraising, building, and use of the Armenian Nationality Room.

Folder 12 Photographs, 1985

This folder contains three packets of photographs and sixteen individually sleeved photographs about the committee trip to Armenia.

Folder 13 Photographs, circa 1985

This folder contains negatives about the committee trip Armenia and classroom construction.

Folder 14 Photographs, 1985

This folder contains thirteen plastic photograph sleeves with photographs about the committee trip to Armenia.

Folder 15 Photographs, circa 1987

This folder contains thirty individually sleeved black and white photographs about the classroom during and after construction.

Folder 16 Photographs, 1987

This folder contains classroom construction photographs.

Folder 17 Photographs, 1985, 1987-1988, 1990

This folder contains 90 slides (five slide preserver sheets) of the construction of the classroom, post-construction, the other Nationality Rooms, an Armenian religious ceremony in Heinz Chapel, the incorporation of the katchkar in the classroom, the Armenia trip, and the Armenian Nationality Room Committee with E. Maxine Bruhns.

Folder 18 Photographs, 1985-1988

This folder contains two envelopes of photographs of Armenian Nationality Room photographs of the Armenian Nationality Room and sketch designs.

Folder 19 Photographs, circa 1988

This folder contains two envelopes of photographs of the Armenian Nationality Room Committee and room dedication.

Folder 20 Photographs, post 1988

This folder contains black and white photographs of the Armenian Nationality Room post-construction.

Folder 21 Photographs, 1990

This folder contains nine contact sheets and plastic sleeves of the classroom post-construction and of the delivery of the katchkar.

Folder 22 Photographs, circa 1995

This folder contains open house photographs of the classroom, photographic prints of Vazgen I, Catholics of All Armenians, and black and white pictures of the katchkar.

Folder 23 Photographs, Undated

This folder contains several undated photographic negatives.


Box 4
Slides 1 Binder, circa 1987

This binder is separated from the other photograph folders. It contains 311 slides (twenty-two preserver pages) about the furniture, decorations, construction, dedication, and prototypes of the Armenian Nationality Room. There are also slides of Armenian landscapes used for inspirations: Haghbat, Sanahin, Ararat, and Garni. There are also slides of Alice and Charles Klanian, a party for the Armenian Nationality Room stakeholders, and the installation of the donated katchkar.

Subgroup 2. Video, 1982-2001

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains a 3/4" umatic video tape, and two VHS.


Box 4
Item 1 "WTAE's AM Pittsburgh," April 23, 1982 (3/4" Umatic Video Tape)
Item 2 "Armenian Nationality Committee of America Armenian Genocide Observation at the U.S. Capitol", 2001 (Video Tape)
Item 3 "Dedication of the Armenian Room", 1988 (Video Tape)

Subseries 3. Audio, 1988-1992

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains eight audio cassettes, two scripts, and two 1/4" audio tape.


Box 4
Item 4 "Classroom Presentation", Undated (Audio Cassette)
Item 5-6 "Armenian Room Master/With Music", 1992 (1/4" Audio Tape)
Item 7-8 "Armenian Room Master", 1991 (Audio Cassette)
Item 9 "Armenian Room Copy", 1991 (Audio Cassette)
Item 10 "Armenian Room Dedication", 1988 (Audio Cassette)
Item 11 "Armenian Music: Richard Yardumian", circa 1988-1991 (Audio Cassette)
Item 12 "Armenian Music", circa 1988-1991 (Audio Cassette)
Item 13 "Armenian Room Pan", circa 1988-1991 (Audio Cassette)
Item 14-15 Armenian Room Tape Tour Script, 1991

Series VI. 2001 Deposit, 1975-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains the 2001 deposit of records from the Armenian Nationality Room.


Box 5
Folder 1 History, 1975-1986
Folder 2 History (AACP), undated
Folder 3 Brochure, undated
Folder 4 National Geographic, undated
Folder 5 Symposium, undated
Folder 6-13 Concept & Design, undated
Folder 14-16 Correspondence, undated
Folder 17-19 Fundraising, undated
Folder 22 Mangooian, undated
Folder 20-21 Shakarian, undated
Folder 23 Construction, 1986
Folder 24 Construction, 1987
Folder 25 Construction, 1988
Folder 26 Construction Meetings, undated

Box 6
Folder 1-3 Dedication, undated
Folder 4 Publicity, undated
Folder 5 Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 6 Background Information, undated