Andrea Ayvazian papers
Scope and Contents
Professional and personal papers, including correspondence, business records, sermons, writings, both published and unpublished, and teaching/workshop materials, especially strong in anti-racism material.
Dates of Materials
- 1960 - 2015
- Ayvazian, Andrea (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the works in this collection created by Andrea Ayvazian. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders.
Andrea Ayvazian has held a variety of occupations over the years: labor and delivery nurse, mountaineering guide, anti-racism consultant, a teacher on the grade school level as well as college, a folk singer and published poet, a college dean of religous life, and a pastor. She credits her undergraduate years (1969-1973) at Oberlin College with her radicalization as a lifelong feminist, peace activist, and since 1982, a war tax resister. In addition to the BA in English Ayvazian earned at Oberlin (1973), she also holds a BS in nursing from UNC at Chapel Hill (1979), a MA in nursing from Duke University (1980), a PhD in Racial and Ethnic Studies from the Graduate School of The Union Institute (1994), and a Masters of Divinity from Yale University (1998). In the 1980s, after a few years of teaching biology and ethics at Hampshire College, Ayvazian worked for the Peace Development Fund, based in Amherst, Massachusetts, before founding her own non-profit organization, Communitas, Inc. which specialized in providing anti-racism training and education for a varity of clients in Northampton and nationwide. During the 1990s, she also taught in the Smith College School for Social Work. In 1996, she became the Protestant chaplain at Mount Holyoke College and two years later was appointed Dean of Religious Life there. Since 2005, Ayvazian has been a pastor at the Haydenville Congregational Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she has continued her lifelong activism for"peace, social justice, LBGT civil rights and civil liberties, and environmental sustainability"(http://haydenvillechurch.org/about/pastors/). She and her life partner, Michael Klare, Five Colleges Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, are the parents of Sasha Klare-Ayvazian and live in Northampton.
27 linear feet (22 boxes. Other materials in the collection: Flat file drawer #109: assorted posters.)
Language of Materials
Professional and personal papers, including correspondence, business records, sermons, writings, both published and unpublished, and teaching/workshop materials, especially strong in anti-racism material, of Andrea Ayvazian, labor and delivery nurse, mountaineering guide, anti-racism consultant, a teacher, a folk singer and published poet, a college dean of religous life, and a pastor.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email email@example.com to request the creation of and access to digital copies.
This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was gifted by Andrea Ayvazian in 2015.
The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.
- Antinuclear movement -- United States
- Ayvazian, Andrea
- Clergy -- United States
- Computer media
- Contact sheets
- Court cases
- Crowe, Frances, 1919-
- DVD-Video discs
- Electronic mail
- Electronic records
- Feminist theology -- United States
- Financial records
- Fund raising
- Galley proofs
- Grant proposals
- Legal documents
- Mount Holyoke College
- Nonprofit organizations -- Management
- Nonprofit organizations -- Public relations -- 20th century
- Nuclear disarmament
- Nuclear warfare -- Moral and ethical aspects
- Nursing -- Study and teaching -- United States
- Organization files
- Pacifists -- United States
- Peace movements -- 20th century
- Phonograph records
- Poets, American -- 20th century
- Political activists -- United States
- Race relations -- United States -- 20th century
- Singers -- United States -- 20th century
- Sound recordings
- Women -- Massachusetts
- Women -- Political activity
- Women -- Religious life -- United States
- Women -- Songs and music
- Women and peace -- 20th century
- Women and religion
- Women and religion -- United States
- Women clergy -- United States
- Women composers -- United States -- 20th century
- Women in medicine
- Women in the performing arts
- Women poets, American -- 20th century
- Women singers -- United States
- lecture notes
- Finding aid in the Andrea Ayvazian papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Madison White
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- 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2018-10-18: Updated to conform to DACS
- 2020-03-23: Added boxes 1-22 and oversize, updated dates
- 2020-06-11: Description added for born-digital content.
- 2020-09-14: Entered container instance info.
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