In 1970, Reverend Eshoo Paul Sayad donated nearly 1000 books on Assyrian and Middle Eastern history to the University Library. Of these 295 were deemed rare and are part of the library's Rare Book Collection.
Educator, minister and missionary to Persia. Collection includes correspondence with others in his field, manuscript sermons, lectures and notes, some newspaper clippings and pamphlets, and some bound manuscripts, mostly letters and journals.
The WPA California Folk Music Project is a multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. The collection comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in twelve languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians.
These recordings document the dialect and language spoken by the Assyrian tribes at the time of World War I (about 1915) in what is now Eastern Turkey. After the war the Assyrian community never returned to the area. Some of the songs are about WWI and the Russian advance into Turkey... The songs are of 3 different types: old Assyrian, unique Assyrian, and translation of hymns.
The songs were produced by Elizabeth Mando (1903-1989) and Youell Mando (1898-1958) in the U.S., but come from the City of Mazri in the province of Tkhuma in the eastern Kurdistan Mountains (city and province are no longer there) … The collection was created and deposited in the Ethnomusicology Archive by Henry Yonan of Burton, Michigan … The songs were recorded in Flint, Michigan -- the artists, who came from the mountain regions of Eastern Turkey, were displaced during WWI… Some songs repeat themselves because they were recorded at different times and on different record.
Assyrian Oral History Project
The Turlock Assyrian Oral History Project contains approximately 26 interviews with members of Turlock's Assyrian community. The collection is currently unprocessed.