Around the World in 10 Photographs

Photographs from Watertown's ARF Archives

Van postcard: The Old City and the lake. Photo taken from the Citadel.

WATERTOWN, Mass.—The collection of rare photographs from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Archives in the Armenian Weekly’s January 23 issue generated much interest and discussion. The photo essay was reprinted in several newspapers and online publications, both in the original English and in Armenian. In this week’s issue, we feature another set of photographs, this time focusing on Armenian cultural, religious and political institutions from around the globe.

The photographs are curated by Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, who has conducted research in the archives on several occasions over the past few years. He has shared yet another representative sample of the photography collection in the ARF Archives for this issue of the Weekly.

The ARF Archives constitute an invaluable repository of modern Armenian history from the late-19th century to our days. Thousands of reports, letters, telegrams, brochures, diaries, memoirs, photographs and artifacts constitute the core of the collection, shedding light on the history of the ARF since its inception in 1890 and, more broadly, the history of the Armenian people in its homeland and in communities around the globe. 

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Blessing of the water, a tradition of the Armenian Apostolic Church, being conducted in Tiflis, on the banks of the Kura River. Photo taken in 1901.

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Group photo of ARF leaders, accompanied by Egyptian Armenian ARF members, by the pyramids in Egypt

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  1. Dear Khatchig Mouradian. Many thanks for these historical photos. Much appreciated.
    The Melikian School, Nicosia, Cyprus in particular brings back nostalgic memories. I was a pupil there in the 1950s. Those were the days!
    Most of us pupils there were children and grandchildren of parents and grandparents deprived of their homeland in Cilicia. Yet they never complained, worked hard and became successful in business, the trades and professions.
    Winning the admiration of both Greeks and Turks in Cyprus.
    Until extreme Greek and Turkish nationalism shattered the peace and harmony that eventually led to the Turkish invasion dividing the island.
    Many Armenians lost their homes and businesses and were once again scattered around the world.

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