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 illustrate life from the 1860s through the 1950s, 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 who were 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
In 2017 we added the first set of 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.