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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Amir Hassanpour fonds
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Reference material

Series consists of selected reference material collected by Prof. Hassanpour that is considered rare. Records include handwritten manuscripts, original historical documents, original or copied historical newspapers (mainly in Kurdish and Persian), bulletins, political declaration and reports. Subject matter covers Kurdish nationalism, political movements in Kurdistan and Iran, human rights, and language. Recordings include documentation of 1970’s internationalist student activism, recordings of several P.M. Dr. Mossadiq 1950’s speeches, and Kurdish folk music.

Research - General

Series documents Prof. Hassanpour’s research activity across a wide range of subject areas including Kurdish folklore, political history, and language, Marxist theory and criticism, communication theory, and Iranian and Kurdish political history. It includes documentation of Prof. Hassanpour’s involvement with, and reflections on, the first Kurdish satellite television station, MED-TV, that was based in Europe and directed to audiences in the Middle East and Turkey. Material in this series includes notes, correspondence, reports, annotated texts, and recorded interviews that were part of the Interview Kurdish Women Project.

Transcripts, questionnaires, and recordings

Sub-series includes transcripts, questionnaires, and recordings from the Kurdish oral history project which Professor Hassanpour designed and led as part of his historiography of the Peasant Movement in Mukriyan Kurdistan.

Research: Peasant Movement Project

Series consists of documentation related to Prof. Hassanpour’s Peasant Movement Project. This project intended to historicize and analyze the Mukriyan peasant movement from 1952 to 1953. Research included interviews organized by Prof. Hassanpour and studies of archival documents including United States Consulate- reports from Tabriz, declassified documents from the U.S. State Department and historical newspapers and dailies. Prof. Hassanpour’s work on this project spanned a large portion of his academic career: beginning his research in the 1970s, he finalized the planned manuscript prior to passing away in 2017. Material in this series includes background research, files related to the administration of the project, and recordings of interviews conducted with individuals who has witnessed or participated in the movement. Please see sub-series descriptions for additional detail.

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