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Greek American Archive

Northern California Greek American Archive at the Center for Modern Greek Studies, SFSU

The Center for Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University, with the support and collaboration of the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, a non-profit organization whose purpose it is to help support the Nikos Kazantzakis endowment, has established the Northern California Greek American Archive at the Center for Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University.

The Archive's long-term goal is to document the history of local Greek immigrants and Greek Americans from the earliest immigrations through the twentieth century and continue as an ongoing project into the present millennium. The archive focuses on the history of Greek Americans in northern California but primarily focus on the Bay Area, and contains a collection of videos, audio tapes, primarily of oral histories, photographs, music and other memorabilia in digitized format on computer discs. In addition, a comprehensive microform collection of Greek American newspapers published throughout California as well as a collection of books and periodicals related to the scope of the Archive and to the history of the Greek American experience are to be housed at the Center for Modern Greek Studies.  It will be not be available for public access until further notice. 

The Greek American Oral History Archive began the process of recording interviews in the Spring of 2001. To date, we have conducted approximately fifty oral histories and have begun transcription of completed interviews.

The Archive has also begun a collection of periodicals related to Greek Americans. Anyone wishing to volunteer to interview Bay Area Greek immigrants and Greek Americans should please call the Center. We are currently also soliciting names of candidates to be interviewed.

The Center for Modern Greek Studies wishes to thank Dr. Mary Nicholson Goldworth, originator of the oral history project's conception and protocol, as well as Dr. Peter Haikalis, Frank Boone and the late Anne Condas, fellow members of the originary MGSF Oral History Project, for their contributions in the early developmental stages of the project before it was officially established at San Francisco State University in the year 2000.

The Thanasis Maskaleris Scholarship

Each year The Modern Greek Studies Foundation, a non-profit off-campus organization, awards a scholarship, honoring Emeritus Professor Thanasis Maskaleris, founding director of Modern Greek Studies at SFSU (1981-1996).

The Modern Greek Studies Foundation is pleased to announce that the Thanasis Maskaleris Scholarship in Modern Greeks Studies is now available.  The Foundation is awarding two one-year scholarships, each $1,200, or one $2,400 scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year. Awards will be based on academic achievement, leadership, service, and financial need. Students interested in applying for the scholarship need to fulfill the following requirements:

  1. be enrolled in 12 units (undergraduates) or 6 or more units (graduates) in study leading to a degree at San Francisco State University.
  2. be currently enrolled in a Modern Greek Studies or MGS-related course and have taken at least one Modern Greek studies course the previous year and maintain a 3.0 average in those classes and in your overall GPA.
  3. be already receiving financial aid at SFSU or provide evidence of financial need by providing a statement of need.
  4. be willing, upon receiving an award, to write a letter to acknowledge receipt of the award and within six months after receipt of the award to write a letter to describe how the scholarship was applied and what your accomplishments have been since receipt of the award.

This scholarship will provide financial support to continuing undergraduate or graduate students interested in Modern Greek Studies.
The scholarships will be awarded for one year and will expire at the end of that year. Winners are eligible to apply for another award during the following application period.

For information about eligibility requirements and to receive a scholarship application packet please call the Center for Modern Greek Studies at 415-338-2068.
Applications are available in the Center for Modern Greek Studies (HUM 577), the Department of Classics (HUM 377) and online here: 2016-2017 Thanasis Maskaleris Scholarship Application (pdf).

Completed application materials must be postmarked to the committee chairperson by September 30, 2016:

Chair, Maskaleris Scholarship Committee
Modern Greek Studies Foundation
% P. Lagiss
P. O. Box 620687
Walnut Creek, CA 94062-0399

Tsakopoulos Library Collection

The Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Modern Greek Studies Collection, housed at the Center, contains some 2000 volumes.

The Northern California Greek American Archive, located at the Center, collects oral histories and written materials pertaining to Greek immigrants and the Greek American experience in California. Collections on Greece and the Greek American experience are also held in the University's J. Paul Leonard Library, including Bay Area Greek American Newspaper Archives.