Community member Elma Hovanessian honors late husband with her gift to the UCI Armenian Studies Program.

UCI Receives Historic Collection

UCI has received nearly 600 Armenian-language and Armenian-related English books from community member Elma Hovanessian. Six decades in the making, the collection represents Hovanessian’s and her late husband’s love for literature, history and the Armenian language. The collection will be housed in the UCI Langson Library.

“We are deeply grateful to Elma Hovanessian for donating her family’s personal collection to the UCI Armenian Studies Program and allowing us to make it available to UCI and the public,” said Houri Berberian, Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies and director of the UCI Armenian Studies Program. “The Hovanessians’ collection of books will undoubtedly be a trusted resource to our scholars of history, Armenia, Iran and more.”

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