The National Inventory has been a priority for ELIA. The project gradually records a significant portion of the country’s social, economic, commercial and industrial history. It aims at the systematic sorting and indexing of the material in electronic form and at the development of relevant databases. This project, once completed, will prove to be hopefully a useful tool for research of modern Greek history and culture.
- Popular readings
Popular readings of various contents published in Greek, mainly of the period 1900-1940, are being recorded in a database. The collection of popular novels at ELIA has constituted the main part of this database; this includes:
a. Popular editions: 1,350 titles of novels in sequence pamphlets of the period 1900-1940. The following data are recorded: title, subtitle, series, type, author’s, translator’s, publisher’s and printer’s names, number of pages, remarks.
b. Serials: Indicative listing of 128 serials and novels in sequences, published during the period 1900-1940 in the magazines Theatis and Thesavros and in the following newspapers: Asty, Acropolis, Chronos, Athinai, Sfera Pireos, Esperinon Neon Asty, Nea Imera Tergestis, Astir, Politeia, Elliniki, Atlantis Neas Yorkis, Cleio Cairou, Eleftheros Anthropos, Pangosmios Typos, Vradini.
c. Biographical data: biographies and photographs or depictions of Greek novelists, translators, illustrators, editors, publishers and publishing houses.
d. Bibliography: editions and publications regarding popular novels.
- Photographers active in Greece in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The recording of more than 2,500 photographers, both professional and amateurs, includes a brief biographical note when possible. A tracing of their course follows through selected photographs, representative of their work, as well as through printed matter, the Press, commercial guides and other secondary sources. This project provides much new information on known photographers and a plethora of data about otherwise unknown ones. The variety of topics (portraits, everyday life scenes, landscapes, events, public figures, artistic life etc) composes an original picture of Greece from 1839 (the earliest photo dated) through to the first half of the 20th century.
- Old professions
The recording of old and obsolete professions relates to the history of Greek industry and involves a series of interviewing, photographing and videotaping of craftsmen whose professions are fading out. This project runs complementary to the electronic inventorying, filing and indexing of archival material regarding industrial and economic activities in Greece (invoices, shares, trademarks etc).
- Collection of theatrical programmes
7,500 entries have so far been recorded in an electronic database.
- Greek cinema
Recording of material related to Greek cinema.
The ruling class in modern Greece, family and power networks as they appear in the collection of family archives at ┼LIA
Among the archival collections of ELIA a special place is held by the family archives, several of which span more than a century and represent a number of geographical areas in the country together with some of the Greek communities abroad. The collection of family archives is characterized by a variety of professions and social statuses of the families; this research programme focuses on topics such as provenance and family contours, economic and social development, political beliefs and participation, institutions and their local peculiarities, educative level and progress, national and religious spirit, movement and resettlement, relational and other interconnections. Through the more than 70 archives of the ELIA collection the image of the modern Greek family is unfolded. The project runs in collaboration with the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and involves the recording, filing and studying of family archives and the entering of select information in electronic databases, resulting in a collective work on the structure and form of the ruling class in modern Greece.
The history of Greek shipping
The flourishing of Greek shipping from the 18th century onwards resulted in the dominance of Greeks in the oceans around the world. The programme for the study of the history of Greek shipping was concluded in two phases. The first one focused on “Two centuries of Greek shipping, 1750-1950” and recorded sail- and steamships up to the Second World War, by location, ship owner and ship. This biennial project was concluded in October 2000 and comprises a total of 20,492 entries. This phase resulted in the publication of two books: Pontoporeia and Ploto.
The second phase, “Index of Greek owned shipping enterprises of the period 1947-2000”, aims to trace and record such enterprises, active in the international market. Research concentrates on proprietary status, the bulk and specialization of the fleet, the location of the companies and important events in their course during the period 1947-2000. By February 2003, when the programme was concluded, 24,000 entries had been made. The aim of the project was the presentation of Modern Greek shipping by means of primary research and tracing archival and photographic material.
Research Centre for the Greek Shadow Theatre
People involved in Karagoz as well as researchers and friends of the genre, all wished to salvage this aspect of folk culture and to establish Greek Shadow Theatre as an integral part of our cultural heritage. As of the year 2000 ELIA has started organizing a research specialized in the Greek Shadow Theatre. The collection comprises the archives of well-known Greek Karagoz performers, figures, advertising posters, sets, related publications, manuscripts, records etc. Parallel actions are also taking place, such as the electronic recording of the collection and any related material in databases etc.
A significant portion of the material at ELIA regards the Press. Aiming at the preservation, collection, filing and recording of its material, ELIA has proceeded to the systematic recording of the collection of newspapers and periodicals in the special software “Advance” as well as to the microfilming and digitization of the collection. Moreover, ELIA is in close collaboration with other institutions, such as the National Library and the Library of the Parliament, in order to complete its collections with complete series in electronic form or microfilms. In order to bring forth such material, ELIA has reprinted important Greek periodicals (Logios Ermis, Mouseion, Athena, Andaios) and is currently cooperating with the Sunday edition of the newspaper TO VIMA. As of January 2001 a column labelled archeiaka has comenced; brief articles familiarize the public with some of the most characteristic Greek newspapers and magazines, the presentation of which is based on the contents of their issues and iconography.
- "Press of female gender"
This project records and presents Greek women’s magazines published between 1845 (when the magazine Kypseli first appeared) and the 1980’s and tries to reconstruct the image of the female reader of the time. The material is studied with reference to publishers and journalists as well as the issues and iconography of the magazines. Some 65 magazines have been researched up to now.
- Provincial press
The study and scientific recording of the provincial newspapers (about 1,000 titles) has been initiated at ELIA in a specially designed database in “Advance” software. About 650 newspapers have been recorded up to now.
- Magazines for children and adolescents
This project focuses on magazines for children and adolescents and is divided into two main sections: magazines of various contents (Diaplasis ton paidon, To periodiko mas, Thesavros ton paidon etc) and those of a specific themes (humor, fairy tales, adventure etc). We aim at the formation of a complete series for both categories and at the publication of an album containing all magazine covers and basic information about them.
Catalogue of non commercial publications
ELIA collaborated with Ann Martin Papazoglou towards the formation of a catalogue of editions published by non commercial houses. An electronic version of the catalogue (database) already exists and steps are being made for the printed edition. The catalogue comprises publications by non-profit organisations, Universities, private and government editions, annuals, congress proceedings, reference books, special editions and albums.
"Bibliography of Grigorios Xenopoulos"
One of the most productive representatives of his generation, Grigorios Xenopoulos worked for a lot of periodicals, almanacs and newspapers of his era and wrote novels, stories, theatrical plays, chronographs and critics, providing us with a work of great volume and variety. Illustrating his narrating and literary talent, his writings still remain popular to a large part of the readers.
However, until the famous "Bibliography of Griogorios Xenopoulos" was edited by Petros Markakis, the majority of Xenopoulos' works were unknown. A small part of this "Bibliography" (578 registrations) was published in the memorial Christmas issue of the magazine Nea Estia in 1951. In 1999 the whole bibliographical work was laid down to E.L.I.A., along with its copy write. With the support of the Ministry of Culture and the National Book Center of Greece, a modern electronic version of the "Bibliography" was composed, honoring the 50th anniversary of Xenopoulos' death. Each registration in the database includes the following fields defining every work: title, category, contents, editor, printer, people to whom the work is devoted to or the preface belongs to, name of the magazine or newspaper (when it is an article), time and place of edition, printing office.
The "Bibliography of Griogorios Xenopoulos" -consisting of 8734 registrations in all- is divided in four parts and includes his original and translated literary publications (stories, novels, theatrical plays, poems), the rich collection of his critics (articles, studies, chronographs and critics concerning 4442 publications of the years 1882-1936), his pedagogical work (original and translated) mostly published in the magazine Diaplasis ton Paidon (3587 reports from 1880 to 1947), photographs, sketches and autographs. The search machine gives the user the chance to look for the information he is interested in by giving the title and / or the date of the work' s edition.
The publication of the "Bibliography of Grigorios Xenopoulos" serves to the study of a very important period of modern greek literature and, for the first time, reveals the significant role of a man active for approximately sixty years.
The "Bibliography of Grigorios Xenopoulos" is available only in Greek.