Are You a Descendant of an Immigrant from Asia Minor?

In May of this year, researchers from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program's Ottoman Greeks of the United States Project will be conducting interviews with second and third-generation descendants of immigrants to the US from regions of the former Ottoman Empire which constitute modern Turkey. We will be visiting Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Jersey City, Memphis, Orange-Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Toronto. If you know anyone who would be interested in being interviewed please have them contact me directly: ( 727-207-0623)

Established in 2017, the Ottoman Greeks of the United States Project is a Big Data project whose goal is to preserve the stories of Ottoman Greek immigrants in the United States. With this goal in mind our researchers have collected over 250 interviews and over 20,000 images of photographs, two and three-dimensional objects, and documents and books in English, Greek (Demotic and Katharevousa), Ottoman, modern Turkish, and Karamanlidika. Plans are in progress to preserve all of this information in the form of a stand-alone collection in the University of Florida Digital Collections. In addition, we are collecting data from the Ellis Island Foundation's online archive and Census data from to trace the paths of migration of individuals from the former Ottoman Empire to the US. To view the map, for more information about the project and for future updates, please follow the links below to our webpage and the UFDC landing page.

Kindest regards,

Georgios Topalidis
Ph.D. Student- Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
Ottoman Greeks of the US Project Coordinator
Florida Judges Project Coordinator
University of Florida