In February 2011, the Binghamton University Libraries received a comprehensive collection from the Kurdish Foundation and Museum consisting of books, papers, traditional costumes, jewelry and other unique artifacts. This gift was generously donated by the Beaudin family in honor of their mother, Vera Beaudin Saeedpour and contains over 3,000 books, journals, and newspapers in Kurdish and other languages. It also includes artifacts, costumes, maps, photographs, artwork, and other unique materials: a nineteenth century traveler’s account of Kurdistan; jewelry including necklaces, headpieces, bracelets, and belts; musical instruments and recorded music; and weavings, crafts, carpets, and other textile art. The collection originated in a Brooklyn Prospect Heights townhouse where Dr. Vera Beaudin Saeedpour, a scholar on Kurdish studies, created “The Kurdish Library” in 1986.
The Libraries will host an event on Friday, September 23 at 12:00pm in the Bartle Staff Lounge on the Second Floor of the Bartle Library. Janet Klein, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Akron, will address the topic of Kurdish Studies and the importance of the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection at Binghamton University.
The public is invited to this talk and a reception immediately following. Tours of the collection will follow and continue throughout the weekend.
For more information, please visit http://library.binghamton.edu