Our Team

Tsoleen Sarian, Executive Director

Tsoleen is active in various social and advocacy organizations within the Armenian communities of Boston and beyond. 


She earned her B.A. from Merrimack College and a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University.


Ruth Thomasian, Founder and President

Ruth Thomasian, photo archivist and social historian, founded Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives in 1975 out of her practical need for visual information to help her costume Armenian plays set in the homeland. Ruth quickly discovered that photographs and the stories their owners told her were a valuable source of cultural heritage and social history.


Now, as Founder and President, she is focusing her attention on fundraising for Project SAVE Archives future.  She is still, however, a photo collector at heart, and will be happy to talk to anyone about original photos they would like to donate to Project SAVE.

Ruth holds a BA in history from Albion College, and an MS in Communications Management from Simmons College. 

Suzanne Adams, Archivist

Suzanne Adams has been the archivist at Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives in Watertown, Massachusetts since 2007. Suzanne oversees the accessioning, processing, cataloging, and preservation of collections, and provides reference  services to clients from around the world.


During her tenure she has established scanning protocols and initiated digitization of Project SAVE’s collection of more than 45,000 photographs, completing the digitization of 9,000 photos to date. In addition, she transitioned the archives catalog from an analog system to a collections management database, establishing the rules and workflow. She recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers and student interns.

Suzanne holds a B.A. in History from the University of Maine, and a Master of Library Science from Simmons College. She has worked in public and university libraries and the legal field as well as in archives.

Marta Fodor, Archivist

Marta Fodor joined Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives in 2020. Marta oversees the accessioning, processing, cataloging, and preservation of collections, and provides reference services to clients from around the world. 

Marta holds a BFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Master in Library Science from Queens College, CUNY. She is also currently enrolled in the Digital Archives Specialist Certificate program through the Society of American Archivists. Marta is also a photographer, and has a deep understanding of how photographs tell and preserve stories. 

Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc.
P.O. Box 236, Watertown, MA 02471-0236
617-923-4542  archives@projectsave.org