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Kurdish Library & Museum (former)

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This unique library draws scholars from around the world

Place Details

Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Prospect Heights
Institution, Featured Place, Middle Eastern/ American, Education

Place Matters Profile

By Molly Kleiman

A museum, library, and gallery, home to the largest collections of Kurdish materials and artifacts in the Western Hemisphere. More than a mere container for these items, the space itself is a curiosity.

The brownstone on the corner of Park Place and Underhill Avenue is, at first, indistinguishable from its surrounding row-house neighbors. The metal sign that reads "Kurdish Library" is camouflaged by vines. Be patient after you ring; Vera Beaudin Saedpour, founder, collector, compiler, archivist, activist, editor, character, will greet you at the door. Most likely, she is wearing a light cotton dress, with puckered sleeves and hems, traditional for Kurdish women. Visit the museum and she may offer you a cup of coffee, a cigarette or a fudgesicle. But just ignore the dogs, she warns, because they will become jealous of one another and then pester you incessantly.

Daughter of an orthodox Jew, Ms. Saeedpour...

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On The Web

Kurdish Heritage Foundation of America Website
Binghamton University'spl Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection

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Anonymous Nominator

Home to one of the largest collections of Kurdish materials and artifacts in the Western Hemisphere.


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