The Armenian Genocide Oral History Collection is one of Zoryan Institute’s earliest and most transformative projects. It began in 1983 when it became evident that time was running out for the generation of Armenians who had firsthand accounts of the genocide. This project is comprised of a collection of videotapes containing carefully prepared oral history interviews with over 700 survivors of the Armenian Genocide, making it the largest collection to date. The interviews elicit invaluable details about the genocide as well as the life of the Armenian people before the Genocide.
The collection is open and free to use to anyone who comes to the Zoryan office, where we provide the equipment and research assistance, if required. Researchers apply in advance, giving their affiliation and the purpose of the research. An agreement is signed as to the use and limits of the material. The tapes may be available upon request by direct descendants of survivors for a fee. Please contact the Institute for more information.
Please visit the pages below for:
Overview of the project & collection
Use of the collection
Statistics on the Collection
Description of future challenges and directions
Armenian Genocide Oral History Collection Catalogue
Projects Stemming from the Armenian Genocide Oral History Collection