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Gloria Amin

About this Interview

Gloria Amin was interviewed by her son, Camron Michael Amin, in the course of several Zoom sessions in 2022 and 2023.  She discusses her life growing in Chicago, marrying into an Iranian family, moving to Iran in the 1970s and witnessing the early stages of the Islamic Revolution of 1979.  She also discusses the aftermath of the revolution and challenges of returning to life in the Chicago area.  She discusses her life working in Iran and the challenges of re-establishing her career in the US after the revolution.  An interview with her husband, Mohammad Amin, is available in the MIAOHP collection (Link).

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Development Notes

Correspondence of Gloria Amin: 1975 - 1978

While living in Iran with her family, Gloria Amin wrote many letters to her friend, Penny Lopez, who lived in Illinois.

To view a digitized letter in full:

  1. Select a letter from the list below by clicking its thumnail image or title to open the catalog record for that individual letter.
  2. Once on the catalog page, click the link in the "Media" text field.
  3. From the "Media" page, click the image of the document to open the full PDF.





For Further Reading

Academic Sources

Amin, Camron Michael. "Blurring Private and Public Lives by Design: Isfahan University of Technology, 1977-2005." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 August 2006; 26 (2): 279–302. doi:

Chehabi, H.E., and Amir Sayadabidi. An International Bibliography of the Iranian Diaspora. March 2023. Click here to view and download this resource.


Sites for American and Foreign Born Resident Institutions in Iran:

Short 2016 Documentary about the Parthian School in Tehran.

Tehran American School Association

Wikipedia entry on the American School of Isfahan (with links to yearbooks and other content)


Historical Press Articles on Americans in Iran (Chronological Order): 

"Language Center Bombed in Iran." New York Times (1923-), Dec 29, 1977. Link.

Molotsky, Irvin. "Grumman Flying Many U.S. Dependents Out of Iran: Building in Isfahan Burned A Temporary Measure Crossword Puzzles to Relieve Boredom." New York Times (1923-), Dec 09, 1978. Link.

Kifner, John, Special to The New York Times. "Ghosts of U.S. Still Haunting A City in Iran: Billions Spent on Arms American Compound is Guarded." New York Times (1923-), Mar 13, 1979. Link.