Genocide Memorial Collection

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On April 21, 2003 the Downtown Central Library inaugurated the Genocide Memorial Collection as part of the City's annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

The Genocide Memorial Collection focuses on genocides (as defined by the United Nations, see below) of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The collection is comprised of books, videos and DVDs.

The Collection is not intended to be exhaustive, but it is hoped that it will serve as a starting point for research about genocide. The Library, Arts & Culture Department and the City of Glendale take no position on the views of any of the authors of books, videos or DVDs that are a part of this collection. Inclusion in the Collection is based on guidelines available in the Library's Collection Development Policy.

Genocide as defined by the United Nations:
Article Two of the convention defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:

  • Killing members of the group
  • Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
  • Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
  • Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
  • Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group”

To find information on this topic in the Library's periodical and reference databases and in Internet search engines such as Google, try some of these keywords: genocide, holocaust, concentration camps, crimes against humanity, massacres. Also search by the name of the country, place, people, or event (e.g., Eichmann, Armenia, Khmer Rouge, etc.).

The Genocide Memorial Collection consolidates existing resources into a distinct location in the Downtown Central Library. More resources are needed to enhance this Collection. If you are interested in contributing to the Glendale Memorial Collection please call Library Administration at 818-548-2030.


On June 5, 2001, the Glendale City Council appointed thirty Glendale residents to the Citizens' Memorial Advisory Committee to address issues related to commemorating the Armenian Genocide and other acts of "mans inhumanity to man." The Committee's activities and recommendations to City Council were presented in the Report of the Citizens' Memorial Advisory Committee on July 31, 2001.

On August 14, 2001, City Council requested that City staff prepare a report of potential options based on the recommendations of the Committee. A staff Report Regarding the City Council's August 14, 2001, Request that Staff Evaluate and Prepare Options and Policies in Response to Recommendations From the Citizen's Memorial Advisory Committee was presented to Council on October 30, 2001, with a motion "that the City Council Provide Direction to Staff Regarding the Citizens' Memorial Advisory Committee's Recommendations." The City Council made and approved the following motion:

It was moved by Council Member Yousefian, seconded by Council Member Weaver, that staff is directed to begin implementing the following options in accord with the Citizens' Memorial Advisory Committee recommendations:
  • Relocate and consolidate existing library collection of material on genocide.
  • Establish a citizens' "Memorial Event Committee" to develop and work with staff to implement an annual commemorative event during the week of April 24th, to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and crimes against humanity.
  • Support a Unity Day and establish a committee to advise staff and the Council on the development of a one-day Unity Day festival.
  • Staff is directed to re-establish the Community Forum program.
Staff is to put out a call for members of the public to, within 30 days, submit a request to the City Manager's office to be placed on the Memorial Event and/or Unity Day Festival Committees.

Votes as follows:

Ayes: Manoukian, Quintero, Weaver, Yousefian, Gomez
Noes: None
Absent: None
Abstain: None