A group of Gurintsis in Soviet Armenia with a delegation from the American branches of the Compatriotic Union
Digitized from the 1936 document below

Documents of the Compatriotic Union of Gurin

The Compatriotic Union of Gurin was founded in Boston in 1899 as a student association. For a brief period after WWI (circa 1918-1922), it was known as the Gurin Reconstruction Fellowship, before taking its definitive name. Its constitution and by-laws were published five times (1914, 1918, 1922, 1936 and 1978). After the genocide, it collected funds for the construction of Nor Kyurin (New Gurin), located 15km south of Erevan near Nor Kharberd (New Kharpert), as well as for other causes. By 1928, it had six chapters: Aleppo, Athens, Beirut, Boston, Buenos Aires and New York; a seventh chapter in Lyon was added the following year. It published two periodicals, Gurini Housh (1930-1933) and Gurini Housher (1976-1981), as well as a book (Badmakirk Gurini, 1974). The various chapters were dissolved in the late 20th century, as the last Armenians born in Gurin passed away.



Banner of the Compatriotic Union of Gurin (Gurnoy Hayrenagtsagan Mioutioun).
Photo by Luc Vartan Baronian taken at the AMA, July 2014.

Dzrakir-Ganonakir Gurnoy ousoumnasiray ėngerout'ean (Constitution and By-Laws of the Student Fellowship of Gurin), Boston MA, 1914.
(Armenian)

Dzrakir-Ganonakir Gurini Verashinoutian Ėngeroutian (Constitution and By-Laws of the Gurin Reconstruction Fellowship), Boston: Eran, 1918
(Armenian)

Dzrakir-Ganonakir Gurini Hayrenagtsagan Mioutioun (Constitution and By-Laws of the Compatriotic Union of Gurin), Boston MA, 1922.
(Armenian)

Unidentified document, Compatriotic Union of Gurin, circa 1928.
(Armenian)

Dzrakir-Ganonakir Gurini Hayrenagtsagan Mioutioun (Constitution and By-Laws of the Compatriotic Union of Gurin), Boston MA, 1936.
(Armenian)

Calendar, Compatriotic Union of Gurin, Beirut, 1968.
(Armenian)

Constitution and By-Laws of the Compatriotic Union of Gurin (Founded 1899), Boston MA, 1978.
(Armenian and some English).

Exhibit cards of some material on display at the Armenian Museum of America, 2008.
(English)

List of contents of the archives of the Gurin Compatriotic Union, Boston.
(English and some Armenian)


Archives of the Compatriotic Union of Gurin as preserved in the AMA.
Photos by Luc Vartan Baronian, July 2014.


Credits: The original copy of the 1978 document was accessed at the Mardigian Library at NAASR in Belmont MA. The original copies of all other material were accessed at the Mesrob G. Boyajian Library at the AMA in Watertown MA, where Gary Lind-Sinanian provided invaluable assistance. All documents were digitized by Luc Vartan Baronian.