About ELIA in Thessaloniki
ELIA in Thessaloniki was founded in 1997. The period 2000-2011 was located at 13, Theophilou Street in Ano Poli (Upper Town). Since February 2011 ELIA has moved to the Cultural Center of MIET in Thessaloniki, which is housed in a building known as Villa Kapandji, located at 108, Vasilissis Olgas street. A small room, dedicated to the memory of an important poet of Thessaloniki, Nikos-Alexis Aslanoglou, and furnished with his personal belongings is housed in our premises.
We hold 50 archives of historical, literary, economic and artistic content that were collected either through donations towards ELIA in Thessaloniki or by the transfer of archives (related to northern Greece) from ELIA in Athens.
Of literary interest we should mention the archives of the poet Nikos-Alexis Aslanoglou, the poet and translator Klitos Kirou, the poet, novelist and folklorist Thanassis Fotiadis, the translator Dimitrios Dimou.
Related to different aspects of Modern Greek history are the archives of Bulgarian Occupation in Macedonia and Thrace, covering the period of 1941 to 1944, the archive of the liberal Interwar politician and mayor of Thessaloniki Charissios Vamvakas, the archive of the diplomat Aggelos Anninos, the archives of interwar politicians Georgios Kakoulidis and Nikolaos Konstantopoulos.
ELIA in Thessaloniki holds also a core of archives of economic content such as the archive of Mavros family which contains valuable items on skin trade and tanneries in Greece and the Balkans at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Quite important is also the archive of Karathanassis family, owners of an exporting cigarette industry, located at Vathy, Samos. Interesting material is contained in a number of archives of Greek cigarette industries (Chatzigeorgiou, Lertas, VEKA, Tzamalis, Gavalas) which has been recently transferred and hasn’t been yet processed.
A number of other archives (Aggelos Anninos, Giorgos Eleftheriadis, Ploutarxos Paneris, Tsimpis borthers, Chronis family) can give to the researcher information on the Greek diaspora in the USA, Argentina, Australia and Canada.
The archive of Aphroditi Kanaki-Paschalidou contains interesting items on the life and work of the radical educationist Miltos Kountouras while the Stilpon Kyriakidis archive gives insight to his life and work and to the history of the University of Thessaloniki.
Descriptions in Greek, detailed or short, based on the International Standard of Archival Description (ISAD-G 2nd edition) have been made for almost every archive we hold in Thessaloniki. The descriptions are accessible through our online catalogue (only in Greek).
The last years, ELIA in Thessaloniki has acquired a number of interesting photographic archives. We should mention the photographic archives of Klitos Kirou and Roula Papadimitriou. A very important recent acquisition is the digitized post-card collection of Aggelos Papaioannou which comprises of more than 1000 ottoman post cards of Thessaloniki and its environs. Giorgos Dellios donated recently his own collection which also contains important photographs of Thessaloniki in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Both of them include one of the oldest photographs of the city.
ELIA’s library in Thessaloniki has been based almost exclusively on donations. It contains more than 6000 book volumes mainly on subjects like Modern Greek history and literature and the history of Thessaloniki and Macedonia. The library contains also hundreds of journals, magazines and newspapers.
Part of the library has been catalogued and can be searched through our online catalogue (in Greek). The items that can be found in Thessaloniki have the indication on the «Θέση» field ΕΛΙΑ, ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ (the books located in the ELIA’s library in Athens have the indication ΕΛΙΑ, ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ).
The digitized press collection of ELIA, which contains hundreds of rare 19th and 20th century newspapers, journals and magazines is fully accessible locally. The collection has been recently strengthened with hundreds of newspapers printed in the 1940s and during the Colonel’s Junta of 1967-1974.
Our collections contain also a number of items on the history of theatre in Thessaloniki. We hold a rich collection of theatrical programmes, both of Athenian and of local scenes, which is being catalogued. We also hold a collection of posters, maps and calendars.
Oral History Archive
ELIA in Thessaloniki in collaboration with the Society for the Preservation of Historical Archives (EDIA) 1940-1974 of Central and Western Macedonia and through the donations of historians and researchers has collected a number of oral testimonies on the decade of 1940 in Greece (related to the Occupation, the Resistance and the Civil War). There are more than 250 recordings. The entire collection has been digitized and wherever there was enough information documented.
108 Vasilissis Olgas street, Villa Kapandji
Postal address: P.O. box 507 42, postal code 540 14
Tel. 2310 295176 / 2310 853380
fax. 2310 853380