Center for Modern Greek Studies {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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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.

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