During our work we have and we are digitizing several important collections worldwide, some smaller and some larger collections.
Below we present the major collections, while all the collections are listed on Donors List. Information on new collections is added continuously.
Assyrian Association of Södertälje Collection
The material donated by the Assyrian Association of Södertälje (Sweden) consists of books, magazines, documents, press clippings and video recordings in different languages and from different time periods.
Assyrian Federation of Sweden Collection
The material donated by the Assyrian Federation of Sweden consists of books, magazines, press clippings, video recordings, documents, pictures, and the original contributions (published and unpublished) to Hujådå magazine.
ATOUR Publications Collection
ATOUR Publications, which reprints rare and hard to find printed materials, has facilitated the work of MARA by providing all of its digitized books and magazines.
All items are reprints and deal mostly about the Assyrians in modern times including literature produced, mainly in Eastern Assyrian, by authors from the last century.
New items are added as the publisher and editor create them. Any reproduction, duplication, or distribution in any form is expressly prohibited. Hard copies may be obtained from the publisher at www.lulu.com/atourpub.
Augin Kurt Haninke Collection
The material donated by Augin Kurt Haninke of Upplands Väsby, Sweden consists of recordings of the Assyrian radio programs Qolo and Qolo Othuroyo and video recordings.
Florence BetIshoo BetGeorge Collection
The collection consists of rare books and periodicals published both in Urmia, Iran and the USA (New Britain, Connecticut and other US cities). Much of the material belonged to the publisher and author, the late Jonathan Bet-Soleiman of New Britain, Connecticut, and does also contain some of his correspondence with other Assyrian authors and publishers.
Florence BetIshoo BetGeorge lives with her family in Connecticut, U.S.A.
Gabriel Afram Collection
The material donated by Gabriel Afram of Stockholm, Sweden consists of the majority of the recordings of the Assyrian radio programs Qolo and Shlomo, music, books, documents and press clippings.
Gabriele Yonan Assyrian Collection
The Gabriele Yonan Assyrian Collection is a large, rare, well organizedcollection of Assyrian literature, including periodicals and documents covering the last century and earlier.
In several publications, Dr. Yonan has documented the Assyrians in modern times. These include her books on the Assyrian Genocide, Assyrians Today and Assyrian Journalism. She has also written several aritcles for the Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (Society for Threatened Peoples), where Dr. Yonan is an active and honorary member.
This collection is the product of several decades work. Dr. Yonan lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
George Baryawno Collection
The material donated by George Baryawno of Norsborg, Sweden consists of magazines, books, music, documents and video recordings.
George & Elsie Donabed Assyrian Collection
The collection consists of Assyrian magazines, newspapers, books, photographs, personal items such as books, passports, and other documents concerning the Assyrian people. Many were originally found in the possession of Youhanna and Roumel Donabed and Sam and Sadie Samuel all of whom immigrated after World War I to Massachusetts (U.S.A.) from Harput (Turkey).
Pride in their Assyrian heritage led these people to save these types of documents and hence, protect vital information for the future.
George and Elsie Donabed lives with their family in Massachusetts, USA.
Herbert Basil Quoyoon Assyrian Collection
The Herbert Basil Quoyoon Assyrian Collection is a large and rare collection of Assyrian literature, mainly hard to find books, periodicals, and documents, from the early 20th century. Mr. Quoyoon, who passed away in 2004, was born in Brooklyn, New York but lived much of his adult life in Forest Hills, New York, USA. His parents were Assyrian immigrants who came to the United States from Harput, a village in eastern central Turkey.
Herbert Quoyoon, by profession, was a reporter and business writer. He developed several tools used to index and research government documents and worked for various newspapers including the Long Island Star-Journal, Long Island Commercial Review and Assyrian Star. Mr. Quoyoon also ran the Magazine Centre and founded Federal Sources, Inc.
During his lifetime, Herbert Quoyoon, as well as his father, Nishan Quoyoon, collected materials about their Assyrian people. The collection is now in the possession of Mr. Quoyoon’s niece, Jenifer Siegelman, who lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.
Any reproduction, duplication, or distribution in any form is expressly prohibited.
Issa Hanna Collection
The material donated by Issa Hanna of Augsburg, Germany, includes several issues of the magazine, Asiria, (or Hdonoyutho suryoyto) published by the Centro Afremico Asirio and edited by Farid Nuzha in Buenos Aires, Argentina and unpublished books by the well known teacher and author malfono Abdulmasih Qarabash.
Kasper “Kay” & Phyllis Saffer Family Collection
The collection consists of photographs, books, newspapers, audio recordings, video clips and other documents concerning the Assyrian people. Phyllis Saffer and her late husband Kasper Saffer were both born in the USA and Kaspar’s parents and Phyllis’ father all emigrated from Harput (Turkey) to Massachusetts (U.S.A) prior World War I.
Mesopotamian Library at Södertörn University
The Mesopotamian Library at Södertörn University in Sweden is a very large and rare collection of Assyrian literature, mainly books, periodicals and documents, from the late 19th the present. MARA has probably obtained most of its material, both digital and physical copies of books and periodicals, donated from this collection.
The Mesopotamian Library is the product of the efforts of Jan Bet-Sawoce, who has devoted the last 30 years collecting material about the Assyrians from around the world, and Professor David Gaunt. The collection has been housed at Södertörn University since 2002.
Rami Dere Collection
The material donated by Rami Dere of Gothenburg, Sweden consists of many video recordings and Assyrian magazines mainly published in European countries.
Virginia Safer Collection
The material donated by Virginia Safer of Massachusetts, U.S.A, includes Babylon, a rare magazine published by the Assyrian Five Association in Boston from 1919 to 1921, photographs of the aforementioned Association, families and individuals as well as other magazines, documents and articles.