[MGSA-L] Grek American Resources Archive

Anagnostou, Georgios anagnostou.1 at osu.edu
Tue Apr 29 09:50:38 PDT 2014

Dear members of the list,

Find below an update of Archival Resources pertaining to Greek American and diaspora material. The update will be entered to the
"The MGSA Greek American Initiative," soon to be renamed "The Greek American Resources Archive."

Yiorgos Anagnostou

The Greek American Resources Archive
Acropolis of America – Greek America in photographs and visual culture (with an emphasis on the community of Lowell, Mass.) (facebook)


Hoover Institute – ELAS Documents in the United States.

Essays in the media based on the Archive

Χρυσοχοϊδης, Ηλίας, “Ένας στρατηγός της Βέρμαχτ αφηγείται… [A Wermacht general reminisces],” To VIMA, 9 March 2014.

Χρυσοχοϊδης, Ηλίας, “Έγγραφα του ΕΛΑΣ στην Αμερική [ELAS documents in America],” Kathimerini, 9 March 2014.


Library of Congress

Mitropoulos, Dimitris, Unpublished correspondence

Χρυσοχοϊδης, Ηλίας, “ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ: Μία συμφωνική, ένα αφεντικό και δύο μνηστήρες”, Το Βήμα της Κυριακής, 9 January 2011, B2: 6–7.


Princeton University

Tēlemachos Alaveras Papers and Nea Poreia Archives, 1889-2010
39.3 linear ft. (93 archival boxes, 3 half-size archival boxes, 1 oversize flat box)
Finding aid:  http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C1408
In addition, there are over 600 titles of rare books (first editions/inscribed/annotated) from the Library of Telemachos Alaveras
Gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund

Antōnēs Dekavalles papers, 1935-2008.
12 linear ft. (30 archival boxes)
Finding aid: http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C0833
In addition, there are over 500 titles of rare books (first editions/inscribed/annotated) from the Library Antones Dekavalles
Gift of Antones and Kalliope Dekavalles to the Program in Hellenic Studies for the Princeton University library

Kaiē Tsitselē papers, 1898-2001.
7.3 linear ft. (15 archival boxes, 1 half archival box, 1 flat box)
Finding aid: http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C0801
In addition, there are over 100 titles of rare books (first editions/inscribed/annotated) from the Library of Kaie Tsitsele
Gift of Kay Cicellis and Lila Cicellis to the Program in Hellenic Studies for the Princeton University library

George Lianis papers, 1964-2009
1.4 linear ft. (1 archival box, 1 flat box)
Finding aid: http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C1415
Gift of Judith Fruchter-Lianis to the Program in Hellenic Studies for the Princeton University Library

Access to these collections is via the University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections:  http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/

Stanford University

Nicolas Astrinidis (1921–2010)
Romania-born Greek composer and pianist

Book (Greek music / Greek Diaspora)
Ilias Chrissochoidis, Nicolas Astrinidis: Life - Works catalog (Greek edition) (private publication, 2012), 114 pp.

From prewar Romania to the battlefields of Libya, and from postwar Paris to the four corners of the earth as a concert pianist, Nicolas Astrinidis led the life of a Greek cosmopolitan before settling in Thessaloniki, the city that became both his muse and his cell.

Ηλίας Χρυσοχοϊδης, “Το δράμα στο έργο του Νίκου Αστρινίδη: Εισαγωγικές παρατηρήσεις,” Twentieth-Century Greek Music Creation in Lyric Drama and other Representative Arts, ed. George Vlastos (Athens: Friends of Music, 2009), 252–256.

“From the garden of Diaspora to the cell of repatriation: Hellenism in the life and works of Nikos Astrinidis,” Aspects of Hellenism in Music (conference)

Spyros P. Skouras: Archival Material, Resources, Books, Reviews, Articles (submitted by Ilias Chrissochoidis)

Research web portals:
Spyros P. Skouras (1893–1971)
Primary sources on his life and achievements

Commemorative video celebrating the 120th anniversary of Skouras' birth

Spyros P. Skouras (1893-1971)
Commemorative video celebrating the 120th anniversary of Skouras' birth

Books (film history):

Ilias Chrissochoidis (editor), CinemaScope: Selected Documents from the Spyros P. Skouras Archive (Stanford: Brave World, 2013), 214 pp. ISBN 978-0615898803.

CinemaScope (1953), the process that established the widescreen format in motion pictures, was more than a technical innovation. It breathed life into the film industry, saved Twentieth Century-Fox from liquidation, and inducted its president Spyros P. Skouras into the pantheon of American visionaries. For the first time an intimate story of the second technological revolution in film history emerges from the papers of Spyros P. Skouras. Ranging from correspondence with Churchill and Eisenhower to company memos and financial reports, this collection is an indispensable source for the historian and affords a rare glimpse into Hollywood's corporate performance at its best.

Ilias Chrissochoidis (editor), The Cleopatra Files: Selected Documents from the Spyros P. Skouras Archive (Stanford: Brave World, 2013), 206 pp. ISBN 978-0615829197.

The most extravagant film production in history, "Cleopatra" (1963) broke multiple records in expenditure, shooting length, footage, and artistic indulgence. It marked the birth of star-driven film making and ushered in the age of blockbuster movies. Swerving between tragic accidents and shocking unprofessionalism, it soon became a noose around the neck of a historic Hollywood studio. For the first time the story of the production becomes available through original documents in the archive of Spyros P. Skouras, the man who transformed "Cleopatra" from an artistic vision into a global phenomenon.

Book (Greek Diaspora / film history):
Ilias Chrissochoidis (compiler/editor), Spyros P. Skouras, Memoirs (1893–1953) (Stanford: Brave World, 2013), 162 pp. ISBN 978-0615769493.

Spyros P. Skouras (1893-1971) was the most influential Greek immigrant in American history and one of America’s preeminent citizens during the Cold War period. In an astonishing sixty-year career, he shaped two industries (film and shipping), turned Twentieth Century-Fox into a global film leader, saved Hollywood by introducing CinemaScope, masterminded Century City in Los Angeles, and, not least, helped save millions of Greeks from starvation and disease during World War II. For the first time his story is being told in his own words and in full detail. Coinciding with Skouras' 120th birth anniversary, this book is a valuable contribution to American and Greek Diaspora historiography that will inspire younger generations to pursue the intertwined ideals of business excellence and public service.

Reviews and publicity:

Kelsey Geiser, “Stanford scholar sheds light on Greek immigrant’s rags-to-riches story,” Stanford News Service, May 23, 2013.

Kelly Fields, “Ilias Chrissochoidis’ book, Spyros P. Skouras, Memoirs (1893–1953),” Stanford University Libraries News, August 27, 2013.

Λαμπρινή Κουζέλη, "Σπύρος Σκούρας: Ο έλληνας πρωτοπόρος του Χόλιγουντ," Το Βήμα της Κυριακής, 10 Μαρτίου 2013.

Kathy Tzilivakis, "Twentieth Century motion picture mogul Spyros P. Skouras' early years revealed in newly-published memoir," The Pappas Post, March 22, 2013.

Σπύρος Στάβερης, "Spyros Skouras, 20th Century Fox," www.lifo.gr<http://www.lifo.gr>, 16 Αυγούστου 2013.

Χρυσοχοϊδης, Ηλίας, “Ο μεγάλος αγνοημένος ευεργέτης του έθνους: Η προσφορά του Σπύρου Παναγιώτη Σκούρα από το τιμόνι της θρυλικής Fox,” Καθημερινή, 2 June 2013.

Χρυσοχοϊδης, Ηλίας, “Ο επισιτισμός της Ελλάδας στην Κατοχή: Στοιχεία από το αρχείο του Σπύρου Σκούρα,” Καθημερινή, 18 December 2011, p. 27.


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