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March 2: NAASR holds first public meeting and announces its intention to raise $300,000 from the Armenian community for an endowed chair in Armenian Studies at Harvard University.

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May 6: Lecture by Richard N. Frye, “The Armenians and the Mongols During the Reign of King Hetoum I of Cilician Armenia, 1226-1270,” at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA.

June 11-12: NAASR holds its First Assembly of Members in Cambridge, formally adopts a Constitution, clarifies its objectives, and elects a fifteen-member Board of Directors.

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Symposium is held on “Armenian Studies and Research—Problems and Needs” with Prof. Richard Frye, Rev. A. A. Bedikian, Prof. Roman Jakobson, Abp. Tiran Nersoyan, Dr. Firuz Kazemzadeh, and Prof. H. H. Chakmakjian. Welcoming remarks by Harvard Graduate Dean Peter Elder.

October 30: Gala banquet at Harvard Club of Boston signals the start of campaign to raise $300,000; an initial $30,000 is raised. Speakers include Harvard President Nathan Pusey and William Saroyan.

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December 8: Lecture by Dr. Joseph Skinner, “The Importance of Armenian Manuscripts in Historical Research,” at the Phillips School in Watertown, MA.

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