Armenian Jerusalem
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. © Copyright 2007 Arthur Hagopia
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
 

    

The Calouste Gulbenkian Library of the Armenian

Patriarchate of Jerusalem strives to collect, preserve, and

make rapidly and easily accessible a vast array of ideas and

information for the education, enrichment, and

empowerment of its religious and lay community, as well

as for the enlightenment of scholars and researchers in

the region and throughout the world.Tn the world is

received on a subscription basis.

              A   separate   room   houses   rare   and   early   imprints,   published   a   hundred or   more   years   ago.   Armenians   established   the   first   printing   press   in Jerusalem   in   1833.   One   of   the   Library's   prized   possessions   is   a   copy   of   the inaugural    issue    of    the    Patriarchate's    monthly    of    religion,    literature    and philology, the official publication of the Armenian Patriarchate.      Most   book   acquisitions   are   gifts,   a   listing   of   which   is   regularly   published   in   the Sion   gazette. A   wide   range   of   subjects   is   represented,   with   emphasis   on   Christianity   in   all   its aspects.   The   collections   are   classified   according   to   the   Dewey   Decimal   System.   Bibliographic records are maintained in a card catalog.                     The    Patriarchate    also    curates    an    extraordinary    collection    of    4000    illuminated manuscripts, housed in the Church of St. Toros, close to the Cathedral of St. James. Plans for the Future                Plans   are   underway   to   renovate   the   historic   Gulbenkian   Library,   transforming   it   into   a state-of-the-art,   climate-controlled   facility   which   accommodates   furnishings   congruous   with the   character   of   the   building   and   is   equipped   with   electrical   and   communications   systems capable    of    incorporating    automation,    electronic    networking,    and    future    technological developments.   The   Library   will   be   harmonious   with   the   historic   setting   and   environment   of the   Armenian   Patriarchate,   which   also   comprises   the   Convent   and   Cathedral   of   St.   James; the   Theological    Seminary    of    the    Brotherhood    of    St.    James;    the    Holy   Translators    (Surb Tarkmanchats)   School   (kindergarten   through   high   school);   the   Edward   and   Helen   Mardigian Museum of Armenian Art and Culture; and the St. James Printing Press. Support                In   early   1997,   a   support   organization,   The   Friends   of   the   Calouste   Gulbenkian   Library, was   formed   and   has   been   incorporated   in   California   as   a   tax-exempt   [501(c)3],   a   non-profit charitable public benefit corporation with the following purposes: To   advance   and   promote   in   the   Armenian   and   American   communities   the   cultural   and historical   significance   of   the   Calouste   Gulbenkian   Library;   to   enhance   its   collection development   activities;   to   expand   its   programs   and   services   which   provide   greater public   access   to   information   in   the   Armenian   language   and   about   Armenians   from earliest   times   to   the   present   to   Armenological   scholars   and   members   of   all   Armenian communities in the United States and throughout the world;  To   organize   and   engage   in   activities   which   educate,   enrich,   and   foster   understanding and   appreciation   of   the   great   cultural   treasure   in   said   Library   among   members   of   the organization   and   persons   of   Armenian   ancestry   in   the   United   States   of   America   and abroad;  To   solicit   donations,   grants   or   subsidies   from   interested   members   of   the   public   and   to apply    to    public    agencies    or    private    or    public    foundations    for    assistance    under prescribed    guidelines,    rules    and    regulations    promulgated    by    such    agencies    or foundations   in   order   to   fund   selected   capital   improvements   to   the   Library.                [Ed: Courtesy the Armenian Patriarchate of St James]    
over 100,000 volumes
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