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Hratch Zadoian Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0039

Scope and Contents

This collection contains items in several different formats. All physical items are housed in archival boxes and arranged as noted. A digital copy of the interview CD is stored on the server at the Queens College Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives as part of the Bette Weidman Papers. The physical items and digital file are all accessible to researchers on-site.


  • 1983-2011



Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.


The Hratch Zadoian Collection is physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

Biographical Note

Hratch Zadoian was born in 1937 in Ploiesti, Romania, to Armenian parents who were survivors of the Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey during World War I. His early experiences included the heavy bombing of Ploiesti during World War II, the Soviet occupation, and years of Stalinist terror following the war. After his father’s death, Hratch, his mother Anoush and his sister Lucine, managed to leave Romania for Lebanon. They lived in Lebanon through the 1958 civil war and landing of U.S. troops, and immigrated to the United States in early 1959.

Zadoian joined the U.S. Army in the summer of 1959 and served as an infantryman in Korea and at Fort Devens, Mass. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant. He began attending Queens College as a part-time evening student and earned his degree in political science. He then received a fellowship to pursue his graduate studies at Columbia University.

Zadoian began his career at Queens College as an adjunct lecturer in political science. He eventually held various administrative positions, including director of Interdisciplinary and Special Studies, associate dean, acting dean, assistant provost and acting vice president for business and finance. Zadoian worked closely with the ethnic and area studies programs and centers and with the Calandra Institute of Italian-American Studies. He continued to teach courses on Soviet foreign policy, the Cold War and the intelligence community. He retired from administration in 2003, but continued to teach part-time in the political science department.

During his years at Queens College, Zadoian was involved in a number of initiatives dedicated to improving racial and ethnic relations, including the Queens Black-Jewish People-to-People Project, and co-chaired the first Comparative Diasporas conference. Zadoian endowed the student essay prize on the Holocaust/Genocide, awarded through the Jewish Studies Program, and the Human Rights essay prize awarded by the political science department.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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This collection consists of items donated by Hratch Zadoian, professor of political science and retired administrator at Queens College, relating to various projects he was involved with between 1983 and 2011. The collection includes photos; news clippings; printed booklets and programs; videotapes; and other miscellanea. Some of the items have been digitized.


Materials are arranged in the following five series:

Series I: General Items

Series II: Caumsett Presidential Seminars

Series III: Queens Black-Jewish People-to-People Project

Series IV: Diasporas Conference

Series V: Armenian Genocide Exhibit

Multimedia materials, including VHS tapes and an audio CD, are housed in a separate box.


Donated by Hratch Zadoian in 2011.

Related Materials

Bette Weidman Papers. Queens College, NY



Hratch Zadoian Papers
Processed by Lori A. Wallach, Spring 2014, edited and approved by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Summer 2014. Machine readable finding aid created by Dan Brenner, Spring 2014.
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us