The Krikor Guerguerian Archive consists of documents collected by Guerguerian throughout his life, starting from the 1930s until his death in 1988. Despite scholars’ prior awareness of the Archive’s existence, almost nobody had ever utilized it. The primary reason for this is that the Archive had never been sorted, catalogued and classified. The materials within the Archive were in a state of utter disarray were lacking in a systematized structure.
While transferring all of the Archive’s materials online, we conducted a limited classification and divided the documents into three primary categories. We named these categories the First, Second and Third Archives and uploaded them into separate sections. Detailed information about each of these separate archives and the documents that they contain can be found in these respective sections.
The archive was in a state of total disarray before digitization, and had not been accessible to most scholars.
The First Archive consists solely of Ottoman materials. The entirety of the Ottoman materials have been sorted, classified and transcribed. Their translation into the English language is ongoing and the English versions will be uploaded as they are completed. Furthermore, a detailed index explaining the content of each document has been created, facilitating the researcher’s access to documents of interest.
The Second Archive is comprised of Guerguerian’s personal works. Until his death in 1988, Guerguerian worked on the materials he collected by taking various notes and translating them into several languages, including Armenian, French and English. He also wrote books on various topics, such as the Yozgat and Kayseri trials of 1919-1920. Out of respect to Guerguerian’s work as well as the difficult nature of sorting and classifying these materials, we left these extremely disorganized and unsystematized documents as they are. However, we decided to provide special commentary containing some general information on these Armenian, French, English and Turkish materials, as well as a highly detailed index that we prepared. Utilizing these two tools, the reader will be able to navigate the documents of Guerguerian’s Private Archive with ease.
The Third Archive contains original materials collected by Guerguerian from the national archives of other countries. The French and Armenian documents belonging to the Istanbul Patriarchate comprise an important section of the documents in this section. Furthermore, documents from the Austrian, German, British and American national archives can also be found here. A commentary containing additional information on this archive as well as a special index were created for this section, as well.