Melikian Collection Featured on Arizona Daily Mix

Jim Melikian, founder of the Melikian Collection, was interviewed recently by the legendary Pat McMahon for an episode of “Let Me Introduce You” on AZTV7’s Arizona Daily Mix program.  Jim shared the history of the collection, plans for the future as well as some interesting artifacts. Follow this link to

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Object of the Month – August

August 2023 is month of astronomical wonders in including two super moons (the second being a rare super blue moon) and the annual Persied Meteor showers.   To celebrate the enduring majesty of our night skies, our August Object of the Month is a first edition of the first astronomical

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Object of the Month – July

July marks Independence Day in the United States, so our Object of the Month celebrates democracy in the form of an American flag. This particular flag flew over the Capitol during the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden. Learn more about the Biden Inauguration flag.

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Complete Scroll of Esther

New to the Melikian Collection is a complete scroll of Esther.  This beautiful hand-written Megalith Esther is just one of the many artifacts and texts the comprise the our Religious Collection. Learn more about the Complete Scroll of Esther

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Object of the Month – June

June is Pride Month, so our Object of the Month celebrates Pride and comes from our LGBTQ Collection.  This Gay Pride Protest Flag was used during a protest in San Francisco in the 1980s. Learn more about the Gay Pride Protest Flag

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Object of the Month – December

In a month that celebrates many holidays and religious traditions, December’s object of the month is a Torah Case. It features knotted carpet with silver borders of chased foliage and inscriptions, leaf-tip gallery, bells, fitted scroll and a top covered in damask. Learn more about the Torah Case

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Object of the Month – October

October is National Country Music Month, so our object of the month honors Elvis Presley. His contributions shaped not only country music but our national culture as well. This suede shearling jacket (Western Outdoor wear, Sears) was owned and worn by Elvis at his Circle G Ranch in Tennessee. Learn

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Meet the New Old Book Collectors 

By chance, this morning I read an article in the New York Times about the new generation of book collectors titled “Meet the New Old Book Collectors: A growing cohort of young enthusiasts is helping to shape the future of an antique trade.” I found the article inspiring and have

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Ani Hovannisian’s “The Hidden Map”

This special program about the Armenian Genocide and the traces of Armenian culture to still be found in present day Turkey will be on PBS tomorrow June 7th at 8:00 P.M. here in Phoenix, so check your local PBS station if you live elsewhere.  The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is

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Roman Breviary

This large, 188 page manuscript in Latin, listing prayers for the feast days, was made expressly for clergy at the Liberian Basilica in Rome in the late 1600s. It just arrived to us after we won it at an auction of rare manuscripts and books held in New York City

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