Armenian Research Center

The Armenian Research Center (ARC) houses resources on all things Armenian.

ARC's primary mission is to serve students, the academic community and the public, both in the U.S. and worldwide, by facilitating research and publications on all aspects of Armenian history, society and culture.


  • adds a multicultural and international perspective to the educational process on and off campus;
  • aims to help students better understand the world and define their proper role in it;
  • provides the metro Detroit community, and particularly the Armenian-Americans, with valuable learning resources, educational materials, outreach programs, and helps to serve local cultural needs;
  • supports innovative research in Armenian Studies by providing classesscholarshipsresources and publication opportunities to students and scholars both nationally and internationally;
  • organizes Armenian Studies conferences and exhibitions to advance its mission to serve the academic community in the U.S. and worldwide.

Dennis Papazian - 1931-2023

Dennis Papazian

March 21, 2023

The Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn expresses its deep sorrow and sympathy for the family of Dr. Dennis Papazian on the occasion of his passing. Dr. Papazian was the Center’s Founder and first Director. It was his vision that saw the establishment of the Armenian Research Center in 1985, and his efforts that saw it funded via a permanent endowment, with generous donations from his friends, the late Edward and Helen Mardigian, and the local and national organizations of the Knights of Vartan. The Center was the first such Armenological research institute attached to a university in the United States.

In addition to his numerous services as long-time faculty member and administrator at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dr. Papazian worked diligently as Director of the Center for over two decades – until his retirement in 2006 – to increase the holdings of its impressive special collection of books, periodicals, audio/visual items and archive material, to launch a publishing program, to extend scholarly opportunities both to young researchers and established scholars, to help establish the George and Isabelle Elanjian scholarship fund for students, and to continue the offering of Armenian language courses for students on the UM-Dearborn campus through the sponsorship of the Center. Dr. Papazian was also a longtime president and treasurer of the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS), and the Armenian Research Center became its first permanent secretariat. He also edited volumes 6-11 of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, when it was published by the Armenian Research Center on behalf of SAS.

Dr. Papazian is survived by his wife, the noted academic administrator Dr. Mary Papazian and two daughters, Marie and Ani. The current staff at the Armenian Research Center will long cherish the blessed memory of Dr. Papazian and will try hard to build further upon the foundations which he set.

ARC News

"The Soviet Experience in Armenia and Its Legacy - 2" International Academic Conference. Yerevan, Armenia, June 13-15, 2023.

The Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia and the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn held a conference in Yerevan, Armenia, on June 13-15, 2023, dedicated to the Soviet experience in Armenia and its legacy

This was the second part of the conference held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in October 2022.

The Soviet Experience in Armenia and its Legacy


ARC office hours

Our In-person office hours are:

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

For further information and inquiries please contact Mr. Gerald Ottenbreit, Jr. at or call the ARC at 313-593-5181.

Location, Address and Parking

The Armenian Research Center is in 136 FCN, at 19000 Hubbard Drive. Consult the UM-Dearborn illustrated campus map for the location of the FCN building on Hubbard Dr.

Free visitor parking is available on the parking lot across from entrance to the FCN. Visitor parking is marked on the campus map by VP.

Our mailing address is:

Armenian Research Center
4901 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48128

Location, Address and Parking

136 - Fairlane Center North
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
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Gerald Ottenbreit, Jr.

Phone: 313-593-5181

Office Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Saturday: Closed