Byurat Cultural Foundation
The Byurat Cultural Foundation was not formally established until January 2000. Preparations beforehand included research and gathering information, as well as locating old literary and historical facts, data, manuscripts and publications.
The foundation's main goal is to introduce and translate the literary works of Smbat Byurat and Vaghinak Byurat to the Armenian community throughout the world, especially in the United States. Some of the published works will be translated to English. The original writings are held as archives in The Writers Union of Armenia, so some of the books will be published in Armenia. The BCF has set ties and is communicating with The Writers Union to prepare, publish and distribute these books in Armenia. The remaining books will be published in the United States.
The published books will be distributed throughout the university chairs and libraries. The books are not expected to generate revenue and will be distributed as donations.
The first book published is the short self-biography of Vaghinak Byurat titled “My Life’s Memories,” or in Armenian, “Im Kyanki Hoosherits”. The book was published in 1999. If the book generates interest, it will be translated to English.
The second book by Vaghinak Byurat, was titled “Best Writings” or in Armenian, “Endir Edjer” which includes, "Arunot Tashkinak" (translated: "Bloody Handkerchief") and “Shekhi Vortin” (translated: “Sheik’s Son”). It was published in 2002.
The foundation published Smbat Byurat’s first book, entitled, “Best of Novels” or in Armenian, “Yerger” in 2001. This was Smbat Byurat’s first ever publication in Armenia.
Also, in 2002, the foundation published a book named, “Smbat Byurat’s World of Novels” in Armenian, translated: “Smbat Byurati Vebashkhare.” The book was written and published by State Museum of Literature and Art of Armena.
The foundation will concentrate on publishing more of Smbat Byurat's works. Vaghinak Byurat and his brother published most of his works before the 1930’s, and now very few sample works exist. One of the main tasks is finding these books and republishing them. Smbat Byurat’s literary works are estimated to be over 40 volumes.
The foundation will also publish small articles in local newspapers and organize cultural and literary events. The main purpose is to educate the public about our vast culture and history.
Funds will be required for the preparation, publication, and distribution of these books. Funds will also be required for raising awareness via newspapers, media, and events.
For the beginning years, Haik and Hasmik Byurat, who are the founders of this foundation, provided and will provide most of the funds. If the foundation is able to accomplish all above noted goals, then in the far future the foundation may expand its works to introduce other writers' literary works to further educate the public.
The organization will distribute the books to all libraries and Universities which have Armenian Studies programs.