Egyptian Hellenism Department
The Egyptian Hellenism Department is an autonomous unit, rich in archival, photographic and printed material. It comprises the archives of the most important Greek communities in Egypt: Alexandria, Mansoura, Cairo, Port Said, Suez, Ismailia etc. and is also entrusted with the keeping of the archive of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
The archive of the Greek Community of Alexandria is the largest and covers the period from 1880 to 1955. It includes administrative correspondence, meetings transactions, economic books and documents, reports, memoranda, printed and other material concerning the operation and administrative services of the Community, the relations between the governments of Egypt and Greece and the Patriarchate of Alexandria, the cultural and social activities of the Community, the operation of its various institutions, such as schools, the Benaki Orphanage, nursing homes, churches, cemeteries etc. Similar material is contained in the archive of the Greek Community of Mansoura, second in volume, while the archives of the rest of the communities are smaller.
The archive of the Patriarchate of Alexandria was entrusted to ELIA by the late Patriarch of Alexandria Parthenios III, under whose auspices the whole of the Egyptian Hellenism Department had been put. The archive covers the period from the late 17th century to 1930 and comprises the incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Patriarchate.
Equally significant is the photographic material related to Egyptian Hellenism together with the postcards collection (mainly for Alexandria and Cairo), concerning:
Social, economic and cultural life (activities of the Communities, unions, artistic movement, athletics, scouting etc as well as visits of Greek politicians to Egypt),
Alexandria and Cairo (landscapes, buildings, sites),
Public figures (businessmen and benefactors, scholars and writers, patriarchs and high priests, scientists and artists),
Schools (Tositsas Scholl, Averoff Girls’ School etc). In many cases photographs of students and teachers are also found.
Hospitals (photographs of the old hospital “Saint Sophronios” and the Greek hospital "Theocharis Kotsikas”).
The Egyptian Hellenism Department also comprises a large number of books, magazines and newspapers published in Egypt. It is estimated that 70% of the publishing activity of Greeks in Egypt has been already collected.
You may visit the catalogue of E.L.I.A.'s archives in Greek, here.