We welcome you to explore our collection of images from Christian missionaries and workers in the Near East Relief from 1900-1920s who observed and photographed the daily lives of the local population.
These photos came to Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives primarily from two sources: descendants of missionaries, as well as descendants of students in missionary schools and orphans in Near East Relief orphanages.
Like others who have donated their photos to Project SAVE, they have entrusted us to document, catalog, preserve and protect these important historic images from loss, destruction, and being forgotten.
Many of these Missionary Collections were acquired in the 1980's and early 1990's, prior to the wide use of digital technologies. Today Project SAVE Archives is proud to make these collections available to the world.
We are grateful for grants from The Dadourian Foundation, The Bilezikian Family Foundation, and
The Souren Maroukian Charitable Trust.
Spirit of Survival:
Armenians through the Camera’s Eye
Project SAVE Archives collections of photographs chronicle the life and culture of Armenians from the 1860s through today, all over the world.
These photographs collected from Armenian individuals and families providing testimony of Armenian resilience even as the Genocide of 1915-1923 attempted to annihilate their existence.
Armenians at Work
These photos bring to life Armenians working in diverse fields including medicine, farming, technology, education, and law enforcement.
This exhibit features Armenian business owners, entrepreneurs and skilled artisans, as well as the laborers and factory workers, the backbone of the labor force.
Picnics are an enduring feature of Armenian life, gatherings where the shared traditions of food, stories, music, and dance keep the culture vibrant. Young and old come together to participate in familiar customs. Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives is proud to share its photos of picnics in America starting from 1900 and continuing through the decades.
Armenian picnics continue today, teaching new generations traditions now celebrated throughout the Armenian Diaspora.
Banquet and Panoramic Photo Collection
We added 220 photographs to Digital Commonwealth which provides public access to materials through a consortium of archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies from across Massachusetts.
This collaboration brings awareness to our work beyond the Armenian community, as the photos can be explored across a variety of websites.
We hope to continue adding collections to the Digital Commonwealth, particularly ones that are public in nature and over-sized photos difficult to digitize in-house, like banquet and panorama photos.
The photos are digitized by the Boston Public Library's state-of-the-art digitization labs, funded by the Massachusetts State Legislature.
Our Armenian Spirit
Through our photographs, Project SAVE Archives celebrates Armenian identity, sharing treasured cultural elements such as music, food, family, and faith. One hundred and six years after the Armenian Genocide, our objective is to amplify the themes that thrive across generations and distant lands, which reflect today’s vibrant Armenia and the Armenian people worldwide. The featured photographs make it easy to visualize being an Armenian anywhere in the world in the last 160 years, despite the differences in fashion. The thread of tradition runs through these photos and their stories, creating a tapestry of dynamic Armenian life.
Since 1975, Project SAVE’s work has been collecting and protecting the photographic heritage of the worldwide Armenian community. Amassed from individuals, family members and organizations, the photographs in our archives span the globe and every decade since 1860. Contributed primarily from personal collections, many of our photographs show families gathered together, often in posed groupings, but also images of people making and eating food, in church groups or other organizations, with many hands sharing the labor-intensive work. Other images, old and new, display musicians with the same instruments used a century apart.