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Gregory Areshian Collection of the Research Archives of the Oriental Institute

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    In the summer of 2007, the Research Archives of the Oriental Institute received a remarkably generous donation of 1482 books from the personal library of Dr.
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 20, 2008
      In the summer of 2007, the Research Archives of the Oriental Institute
      received a remarkably generous donation of 1482 books from the
      personal library of Dr. Gregory Areshian, research associate and
      adjunct professor of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeoloy at the
      University of California, Los Angeles. This rare collection,
      consisting of books written primarily in Russian and Armenian, covers
      the archaeology and languages of central Asia (Caucasus). As the print
      runs were so limited for such work, many of the volumes are extremely
      rare in the United States, existing in only 1 or 2 copies in the
      entire country, and the collection as a whole serves as one of the
      most significant collections of archaeological resources in Armenian
      and Russian in the Western Hemisphere. To take but a single example,
      B. V. Farmakovskij's important work Arkhaicheskij period v Rossii
      (Archaic Period in Russia), from 1914 (in Russian) currently has no
      entries in WorldCat, making this an exceedingly rare volume in the US.
      In December, the Oriental Institute honored the founding of the
      "Gregory Areshian Collection", housed in its very own room in the
      Research Archives, through a reception honoring Dr. Areshian, with old
      friends and colleagues present. Our sincere thanks for organizing this
      donation extends to Dr. Gil Stein, Dr. Adam Smith and Dr. Magnus
      Widell for their instrumental role in acquiring these materials and to
      Kaye Oberhausen for organizing the reception. Last, but certainly not
      least, we would like to thank Dr. Gregory Areshian for his wonderful
      generosity and gracious spirit. Through these efforts, future
      generations of students and scholars will be able to consult a unique
      resource of knowledge. Such resources only add to the legacy and
      vitality of the Oriental Institute Research Archives as one of the
      premier scholarly libraries for the study of the Ancient Near East.

      Use of the Research Archives library materials is limited to Oriental
      Institute faculty, staff and students. Scholars and students who would
      like to use the Research Archives or the Gregory Areshian Collection
      should contact Foy Scalf (scalffd@...; 1-773-702-0537) for
      further information.

      Foy Scalf
      Head of Research Archives
      Oriental Institute
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