Greek Manuscript Collections - Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Balch Manuscript Guide to Ethnic Collections
Atlantis, National Daily Greek Newspaper
- Records, 1894-1973. 45.25 ft., 124 volumes, 12 OS folders. The first successful Greek language newspaper published in America,Atlantis was founded in 1894 by Solon J. and Demetrius J. Vlasto. The paper was headed by a member of the Vlasto family until it closed in 1973. Published in New York City, it had a national circulation and influence. Atlantis supported the royalist faction in Greek politics until the mid-1960s. Other recurring editorial themes include naturalization, war relief, Greek-American business interests, and Greek religious unity. The records include legal files, correspondence, scrapbooks, subscription records, tax returns, financial ledgers and labor files that span the newspaper's entire history. Legal files include translations from Panhellinios, National Herald and other rival newspapers, as well as documentation of Atlantis' compliance with the 1917 Trading with the Enemy Act. Editorial files before 1963 are missing. Labor relations files and financial records are especially extensive. In Greek and English. Register available. Gift of Peter Makrias.
- Photographs, ca. 1894-1973. 325 prints. Vlastos family, friends and associates in New York City and Connecticut; Atlantis offices and activities; and events and individuals in the United States and Greece. News library photos have remained with the manuscript collection. Gift of Peter Makrias.
- Photographs, n.d., 1946. 2 prints. Two photos of Kimon Christou in front of his restaurant; Philadelphia. Gift of Teresa Hofer.
- Papers, 1916-1958. 6 ft. Dorizas was a Greek-American Olympic athlete and professor of geography. Born in Constantinople, he attended the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently taught at the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. The collection consists of correspondence, lecture notes, writings, course materials, clippings, and other personal and professional papers. Also included is correspondence with the Order of AHEPA and other Greek- American organizations. Additional papers of Michael Dorizas are held by the University Archives, University of Pennsylvania. In English. Register available. Gift of Katina Dorizas.
- Photographs and postcards, n.d. 582 prints. Dorizas and family, Dorizas' travels as a geography professor and as an athlete on the Greek Olympic team. Postcards of ethnic groups and views of Alaska. Gift of Katina Dorizas.
- Photographs, ca. 1965-1969. .5 ft. Uncataloged wire service and other photographs depicting Greek American parades and activities in the United States (primarily the New York City area), and events in Greece. Gift of Helen Triantfyllou.
- Papers, 1961-1980. 17 ft. Lagakos, the son of Greek immigrants, was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey. He practiced law in Philadelphia and served as a judge on the County Court of Philadelphia and the Common Pleas Court. He was active in the Greek community and in local and national Greek organizations. The collection consists primarily of materials from organizations in which Lagakos was active, including AHEPA, the Greek American Committee of the Philadelphia bicentennial celebration, the 23rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, and the Philadelphia Federation of American-Hellenic Societies. The collection includes unprocessed additions. In English and Greek. Register available. Gift of Gregory G. Lagakos and Penelope Lagakos Turak.
- Records, 1947-1990. 8 ft. The Pan-Macedonian Association was founded in 1947 in New York City to promote the welfare of immigrant Macedonian Greeks in the United States and Canada. The records include the constitution, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, flyers, clippings, and uncataloged photographs. In Greek and English. Inventory available. Gift of the organization.
- Photographs, 1920s-1940s. 13 prints. Family portraits and groups, business place; Greece and Philadelphia. Gift of John and Deanna Sarkioglu.
- Papers, 1957-1975. 1 folder. Sfarnas emigrated from Karystos, Greece in 1906. He owned several restaurants in Philadelphia and later was the district sales manager of Virnelson's Bakery. He served as president of the Karystian Society of Philadelphia and was a member of AHEPA. The collection contains letters from notable Greek Americans, receipts for church donations, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and a biographical sketch by his daughter. In English and Greek. Register available. Gift of Penelope Sfarnas.
- Photographs, 1940-1972. 15 prints. Family groups, religious ceremonies and business places; Philadelphia. Gift of Penelope Sfarnas.
- Papers, 1923-1973. 6 ft. Nicholas Vagionis was born in Canea, on the island of Crete, in 1902. He immigrated to the United States in 1921 and later entered the civil service in the United States Treasury Department, where he remained until his retirement. He was a leading figure in New York City's Greek-American community. The collection documents Vagionis' activities as officer, speaker, and fundraiser for Greek-American organizations and as organizer of the annua Greek Independence Day celebration in New York City. Included are correspondence, speeches, articles, scrapbooks, clippings, programs and other printed materials. Clippings and scrapbooks are available on microfilm. In Greek and English. Register available. Gift of Mrs. Nicholas Vagionis.
- Photographs, 1929-1971. 123 prints. Social events, festivals, banquets, portraits with political figures and miscellany; Greece and New York. Gift of Mrs. Nicholas Vagionis.
Ethnikon vema (National Greek Tribune)
- Newspaper, 1955-1980. 4 reels. Published weekly in Detroit, Michigan. Continues To vema. In Greek and English.
- Newspaper, 1949-1972. 86 reels. Published daily in New York City by National Herald, beginning in 1915. In Greek and English.
- Newspaper, 1963-1972. 2 reels. Published in New York by Hellenic News, beginning in 1963. In Greek and English.
- Newspaper, 2/11/1934, 1942-1955. 3 reels. Published weekly in Detroit, Michigan by J.T. Lagos beginning in 1920. Continued by Ethnikon vema. In Greek and English.