The nonprofit Armenian National Institute (ANI) was incorporated in 1997 as a subsidiary of the Armenian Assembly of America. In 2000, the assembly also purchased the former National Bank of Washington building, located two blocks from the White House, to be the home of a future Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial (as well as the ANI's headquarters).
As stated on its Web site, the ANI is dedicated to the study, research, and affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, referring to the attempt by the Ottoman Turks to destroy the Armenian people from 1915 to 1923. To educate the public and combat genocide-denial, the site offers a wealth of materials documenting the tragedy. Unlike the denial of the Holocaust, which is usually espoused by either anti-Semites or cranks, the Armenian genocide is actively disputed by a major nation (Turkey).
This site is divided into three main sections: "International Affirmation" contains primary documents, such as United Nations reports, government resolutions, and official statements from U.S. presidents, world leaders, national legislatures, municipal governments, and international organizations relating to the genocide, as well as the verdict of the 1919 Turkish Military Tribunal; "Educational Resources" offers materials useful for teachers and students, including 16 articles reprinted from the Encyclopedia of Genocide, a course outline, and a bibliography of model curricula guides, recommended books, published document collections, and videos; "Genocide Research" would be most useful for faculty members and advanced students because it contains 45 archival photographs, a chronology, select original documents from U.S. and British archives (available as both images and text), and 8 contemporary press accounts of the genocide.
Also available on this site and valuable for students are a genocide FAQ and a color genocide map of the Ottoman Empire. Links are provided to other sites dealing with genocide and to other Armenian organizations. Background information is also given on the ANI, including its objectives, mission, and structure.
The Armenian National Institute's Web site will provide students and faculty with primary and secondary source materials on an often overlooked episode of 20th-century history. ANI should be featured on any library's site that deals with genocide studies, World War I, or the 20th century.
John A. Drobnicki