Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day: 24 April 2021

The blog post below was written at 7 am PDT on 4/24/21. President Biden has released since then a statement recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Read it here:

As the United States President prepares to recognize the Armenian Genocide, we want to continue our efforts to collect materials related to the Armenian Genocide. At UC Berkeley, we have been collecting proactively academic and scholarly level resources that deal with the issues of the Armenian Genocide. One can access our holdings in the library’s catalog that is about to give its way to modern  ALMA based integrated library system, using the subject terms such as Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923

The other equally important database that will provide information about the local collections provided that you can input the zip code is OCLC’s WorldCat. Here you can get information on the works that are about the Armenian Genocide in several different formats. In the United States, there are several key collections on the topic of the Armenian Genocide. One of them is in Belmont at the Mardigian Library. Houshamadyan Organization’s Open Digital Archive in Germany provides access to tons of photographs and voice recordings that relate to the lives of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. The Library of Congress’s linked data project also highlights the Armenian Genocide. The US Congress’s resolutions, such as H.Res.296: Affirming the United States record on the Armenian Genocide, and others can be accessed here.

UC Berkeley’s faculty actively continues to research the subject. : UC Berkeley Students and faculty can access an electronic copy of the latest work that Professor Stephan Astourian has edited (after authenticating using proxy or VPN) here. We also have its paper copy.

In our Latin American Studies collections, I have tried to collect consciously materials on the Armenian Genocide in Spanish. More information here:

Do not forget the Genocide! I leave you with several documentaries below on the Armenian Genocide (for academic use only).

Library Database Trial: Russian-Ottoman Relations (1600-1914)-Brill-Parts I, II, III and IV

We are pleased to announce a library trial of Brill’s four parts database-Russian-Ottoman Relations.

The resource’s self-description is as follows, “Brill in cooperation with the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg, for the first time brings together a unique collection of rare primary sources on a  dynamic part of the history of Turkey, Russia, the Middle East, and Western Europe: Russian-Ottoman Relations. They include publications of relevant government documents, diplomatic reports, travel accounts that provided new details about hitherto relatively unknown regions, and fiercely political (and polemical) tracts and pamphlets designed to rally public support for one power or the other. Published across Europe over a period of two centuries, these sources provide detailed insights not only in the military ebb and flow of Russian-Ottoman relations but also in their effects on European public opinion. ”

The trial is set to start today and end on April 8, 2021

Please authenticate using your proxy or VPN credentials if you are trying to access the resource from an off-campus location.
This series currently consists of 4 parts. Please click on each hyperlink to access the full-text of each resource.

The Origins, 1600-1800
Part 1: The Origins 1600-1800 

Shifts in the Balance of Power, 1800-1853
Part 2: Shifts in the Balance of Power, 1800-1853

The Crimean War, 1854-1856
Part 3: The Crimean War 1854-1856

The End of the Empires, 1857-1914
Part 4: The End of the Empires, 1857-1914