YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Hrachya Tamrazian, a researcher at the Madenataran Institute of Manuscripts and a Doctor of Philology Tuesday was elected the new director of the largest repository of ancient Armenian man’scripts.
Tamrazian was elected by members of the Madenataran Council. He received 27 ballots of 34 members participating in the election.
Speaking to reporters after the election, Tamrazian said one of his major tasks will be to attract younger specialists in order to ensure continuity of the work of the institution.
Tamrazian also endorsed a surprise decision of the Institute in May to disregard an agreement with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library of Saint John College of Minnesota University, whereby the US-based institution was to digitize about 14,000 Armenian language man’scripts and books and another 3,000 in other languages kept at the Madenataran.
Tamrazian emphasized that the digitization process should be take place in Armenia and by local experts and not be outsourced.
The collection in Yerevan, totaling almost 17,000 man’scripts, is by far the most extensive and richest repository for Armenian man’scripts in the world. These man’scripts are known for their outstanding illuminations, considered to be among the most beautiful ever created.
Tamrazian will replace Sen Arevshatyan, who for decades has served as the Madentaran’s director.