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Finding Aid for the Vahac Mardirosian papers, 1964-2007
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Vahac Mardirosian papers
    Date (inclusive): 1964-2007
    Collection number: 1887
    Creator: Vahac Mardirosian
    Extent: 7 document boxes and 1 half document box (3.75 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Reverend Vahac Mardirosian has been a major advocate of Mexican-American educational reforms in Los Angeles and San Diego school districts since the early 1960s. This collection contains material related to his pastoral work, his involvement with the 1968 East Los Angeles walk-out demonstration and organizations he helped found and run, including the Hispanic Urban Center Board of Education (founded 1970) and Parent Institute for Quality Education (founded 1987). Materials include clippings and press releases, letters and statements, notes, sermons, evaluation reports, reading score percentiles and rankings, memoranda, fact sheets and administrative documents, and cover a wide variety of educational topics including bilingual education, integration, teachers' attitudes towards Mexican American students, parental involvement, and reading achievement.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Vahac Mardirosian, 2011.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli and Megan Hahn Fraser, December 2011.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia   funds.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vahac Mardirosian papers (Collection Number 1887). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Reverend Vahac Mardirosian has been a leading advocate of educational reform in Southern California, especially in the Mexican American communities, since the late 1960s. Of Armenian descent, he was born in Aleppo, Syria and raised in Mexico City and Tijuana. He became ordained as a Baptist priest in California in 1946 and went on to serve the Mexican American communities of Topeka and Chicago, before returning to California in the 1950s. In 1968 he became involved with the walk-out protests at Garfield High School in the East Los Angeles School District. He acted as a mediator with administrators and became a representative of parents and students in his role as chairman of the Educational Issues Coordinating Committee (EICC).
    He founded and acted as executive director of the Hispanic Urban Center in Los Angeles in 1970, which focused on in-service education for teachers, seeking to enhance their perceptions of Mexican American culture and improve teacher/student relations. In 1987 Mardirosian started the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) to address underperforming schools in the San Diego School District in response to concerned parents. PIQE offers a 9-week program to help improve education through the joint collaboration of parents, students and teachers and emphasizes the role of parents as advocates for their children. In 2006 California State University (CSU) began working with PIQE to provide funding and support of outreach and training for low-income families.
    In 1988 Mardirosian received recognition from Phi Delta Kappa for his service and leadership in educational reform and in 1998 CSU awarded him an honorary doctorate for his impact on the lives of parents and children of California. In 2010 Mardirosian received the "Remarkable Leader in Education" award from the University of San Diego.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains material related to Vahac Mardirosian's pastoral work, his involvement with the 1968 East Los Angeles walk-out demonstration and the organizations he helped found and run, including the Hispanic Urban Center Board of Education and the Parent Institute for Quality Education. Materials include clippings, press releases, letters, statements, notes, sermons, evaluation reports, reading score percentiles and rankings, memoranda, fact sheets, and administrative documents, and cover a wide variety of educational topics including bilingual education, integration, teachers' attitudes towards Mexican American students, parental involvement, and reading achievement.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Pastoral Work
    2. East Los Angeles High School Walk Out
    3. Hispanic Urban Center Board of Education
    4. Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)
    5. Biographical Materials

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Mardirosian, Vahac --Archives.
    Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE).
    Hispanic Urban Center Board of Education.
    Baptists --California, Southern --Clergy --Archival resources.
    Hispanic Americans --Education --Archival resources.

    Related Material

    UCLA: Chicano Studies Research Center Library, Collection 56, The Desegregation Collection:  
    • Box 6C, Folder 183, Vahac Mardirosian. "Los Angeles City Schools Sixth Grade Fall 1971 Reading Scores." L.A Unified School District Summary Report #321.
    • Box 6D, Folder 212, "Los Angeles City Schools." Chart Prepared by Vahac Mardirosian. Also, "Letter to Mr. Vahac Mardirosian." 15 Apr. 1977.
    Stanford University Special Collections, Collection M0673, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund:  
    • RG 5, Box 1105, Folder 8, Mardirosian, Vahac Rev. Part of the Los Angeles alphabetical case files.