Established in autumn 2019, the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland (RCACP) is now in its third full year of conducting advanced research into the history of the Polish Armenians. The Centre is composed of an interdisciplinary team of researchers conducting individual and collaborative academic projects concerning Armenian history and culture (as broadly defined) in the context of the history of Poland and Armenia and their interrelationships. Books, journal articles, and source editions appear as a result of these efforts. The RCACP also engages in joint scholarly initiatives with a variety of communities and institutions in Poland and abroad.
To collect the specialist literature essential to effective research is one of the team’s major objectives. The library, which primarily contains monographs and encyclopaedias on the history, language, art, culture, and folklore of Armenia, as well as on the history of the Armenian diaspora beyond Poland, now contains several hundred volumes – both domestic and foreign – that the RCACP has either purchased or received as gifts. Special emphasis is placed on acquiring works on the history of Armenians in Old Poland and in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including biographies, histories of literature and art, and studies in politics, linguistics, and Polish–Armenian relations.
A library in continuous receipt of new acquisitions is a vital component of research capabilities. It is our wish to develop it further: to enlarge it, to add to it, and, of course, to make it available to students and researchers investigating Armenian themes. We would therefore be grateful to receive surplus copies of Armenian publications, including books, journals, magazines, pamphlets, leaflets, tracts, and brochures, as well as donations of archival material relating to Polish families of Armenian origin. We also collect any printed material documenting the social world of Armenians in Poland, including, for example, invitations, posters, and leaflets. If you wish to send us any of these items, please make the necessary arrangements by first contacting Dr Tomasz Krzyżowski by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (+48) 789 272 697.
Dr hab. Andrzej A. Zięba
Director of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland