Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Greek American Studies Resource Portal – Spring 2016 Update

Collected by the MGSA Transnational Studies Committee

Compiled and formatted by Kostis Kourelis

Please note the new categories "Museum" and "Oral History"


a) Autobiographies, Memoirs, Biographies

Kourvetaris, George. 2013. Sharing My Life’s Journey: A Memoir. Saline, MI: McNaughton & Gunn, 2013.

George Kourvetaris’s memoir covers the years from 1933 to 2010. It includes his formative years in Greece prior to his coming to Chicago in 1958 to continue his education. He received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and became a professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Included in the 203-page book are photographs of himself and his family, a vita of his years at Northern Illinois University (1969-2006), and an article that was written about him by Elaine Thomopoulos for The National Herald.


c) Film Scholarship

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2015. “Within the Nation and Beyond: Diaspora Belonging in My Life in Ruins.” Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies, Issue 3, October. Available online, http://filmiconjournal.com/journal/article/pdf/2015/3/1

This essay undertakes a transnational analysis of gendered diaspora belonging in the Hollywood film My Life in Ruins (Petrie, 2009). The departure point for analysis is a cultural crisis, namely the dissonance experienced by the film’s heroine, and more broadly among Greek Americans ‘returning’ to Greece, between the yearning to belong and the actual experience frustrating this longing. I argue that the film resolves this crisis when it posits diaspora as an object of nationalist discourse, a position that enables the heroine to identify with the nation. I show that the film represents an example of unofficial nationalism that reproduces key ideological tenets of the Greek official national narrative of belonging. The film performs additional cultural work beyond representing diaspora as an object of nationalism to also portray it as a historical subject acting upon and beyond the nation. First, it registers diaspora agency to mediate Greece and the United States and reconfigure social realities within the former. Second, it moves beyond the nationalist polarity of us/them to accommodate diaspora’s transnational affinities and multiple identifications. The film invites us therefore to think of diaspora’s belonging simultaneously within and outside nationalism, alerting our conversations with multicultural publics yearning for deep belonging with Greece.

Keywords: diaspora nationalism, en/gendering diaspora, Greece in Hollywood, Greek Americans, diaspora–homeland encounters, transnational Modern Greek studies


Patrona, Theodora D. 2015. “Forgotten Female Voices of the Greek Diaspora in the Unites States.” The Journal of Modern Hellenism 31, pp. 87-100.



Christou, Anastasia and King Russell. 2014. Counter-Diaspora: The Greek Second Generation Returns 'Home.' Harvard University Press.

b) Reviews

Patrona, Theodora. 2015. “Evangelia Kindinger, Homebound: Diaspora Spaces and Selves in Greek American Return Narratives.” European Journal of American Studies, Reviews 2015-3, document 8.
http:// ejas.revues.org/10851


a) Community and Regional Histories

Rassogianis, Alexander, 2015. “The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Greek Immigrant in Chicago, Illinois: 1900-1930.” Published by iUniverse, Bloomington, IN. 2015.

The book focuses on the price to opening a business by immigrants, which involved hardship, long hours of hard work, self-sacrifice and perseverance. The Greek immigrants, being individualistic, were willing to take the risks in order to avoid working for others and ensure the independence of their livelihood. The author shares how they were able to achieve this feat amidst the difficulties.

Diacou, Stacy. 2013. My Generation of Achievers: Their Social History, Bloomington, Ind: iUniverse.

Greeks in America during the latter half of the twentieth century had a mission to establish themselves as valuable contributors to society. Hundreds of them achieved success, building businesses, communities, and relationships that still stand today. Journalist Stacy Diacou documented their achievements in her social columns for Chicago's Greek Press newspaper, and My Generation of Achievers is a compilation of her writings. Beginning in 1969, Diacou showed how these brave souls left their homeland and jumped over the hurdles of language barriers, joblessness, and empty pockets to create a better world for their children in the United States of America. Diacou profiles specific, treasured individuals in Chicago and reveals how they moved through society with grace and perseverance. Her columns document the fashion of the time, social gatherings, and the inner workings of Chicago's Greek American community up until 1996. From luncheons and history lectures to celebrity sightings and church youth groups, Diacou captures a snapshot in time of one of America's most successful immigrant groups. Fun, insightful, and entertaining, My Generation of Achievers opens the door to a fascinating aspect of Greek-American history

c) History and Historiography Scholarship

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2015. “Re/collecting Greek America: Reflections on Ethnic Struggles, Success, and Survival,” The Journal of Modern Hellenism 31, pp. 148-175.



Kitroeff, Alexander. 1993. “Greek-American Ethnicity, 1919-1939,” in To Hellenikon: Studies in Honor of Speros Vryonis, Jr., ed. Jelisaveta Stanojevich Allen, Christos P. Ioannides, John S. Langdon, Stephen W. Reinert, Milton V. Anastos, and Andreas Kyprianides, vol. 2, pp. 353-371, New Rochelle: Aristide D. Caratzas.


a) Fiction

Liontas, Annie. 2015. Let Me Explain You, New York: Scribner

b) Fiction Reviews

Bakopoulos, Natalie. 2015. “Let Me Explain You by Annie Liontas,” San Francisco Gate (August 1, 2015)


c) Poetry

Economou, George. 2015. Unfinished and Uncollected: Finishing and Unfinished Poems of C.P. Cavafy and Uncollected Poems and Translations. Shearsman Books.

e) Literature and Poetry Scholarship

Gerasimus Katsan. 2015. “Greek America: Literary Representation and Immigrant Narratives in Papazoglou-Maragaris and Petrakis,” The Journal of Modern Hellenism 31, pp. 101-119.



Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State
Website: www.greeksinwashington.org
Contact: John Nicon, President
email: greeksinwa@gmail.com
The museum was established in 2009 with the mission of establishing an organized means of collecting, preserving and making available the history and culture of the Greek-American community in Washington State. The Museum, also known as Greeks in Washington, presently operates as a “museum without walls” with online exhibits in the categories of Making a Living, Making a Home, and Keeping Community. The primary activity of the Museum is to conduct video interviews which become online exhibits with text, photos and video segments. By the end of 2014, there were over 130 video interviews conducted and 95 exhibits posted on the site. The Museum has established an archive to house donated or loaned items which include textiles, film, video, DVDs, costumes, clothing, bound volumes, printed materials, photos, slides, newspapers, documents, art work, audio recordings and other artifacts. These materials are available for inspection and research purposes. The original videos are on file but not made public.
Greek Museum of Berrien County, Michigan

Annunciation and St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church

18000 Behner Rd., New Buffalo, MI, Tel.: 630 569 2078


Available for viewing after church on Sunday or contact: Elaine Thomopoulos at Thomop@msn.com or 630 569-2078 for individual or group tours.

Through compelling vintage photos, as well as colorful artifacts, costumes and textiles, the "Greeks of Berrien County Exhibit" brings to life the history of the Greeks in Berrien County -- from the early 1900s to the present.

Hellenic American Cultural Center and Museum of Oregon and SW Washington

Fr. Elias Stephanopoulos Center, 2nd Floor

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3131 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97232

Open Tuesday 11 am -3pm, Saturdays 2 pm-5pm, Sundays noon-1pm. Call 503-858-8567 to arrange a tour.

The museum was established in 2006 to gather, preserve, and share knowledge of the Hellenic (Greek) American experience in Oregon and SW Washington, to celebrate the rich cultural traditions brought to this region by Hellenes, and to honor the activities and accomplishments of Hellenic Americans.
Hellenic Cultural Museum of Salt Lake City

279 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, Tel: 801-359-4163

The museum emphasizes the personal aspect of the immigrants, whose presence in Utah dates back as far as 1870. Their and their descendants' struggles, achievements, social life and tragedies are reflected through displays of clothing, costumes, artifacts, photographs, and personal histories.
Hellenic Museum of Michigan

67 E. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202, Tel: 313 871-4100, Email: HellenicMI@gmail.com

Limited hours during renovation. Call to schedule an appointment.

The museum, founded in 2009, chronicles the struggles, triumphs and contribution of a vibrant Greek immigrant community’s journey to Michigan. Their legacy is recorded and preserved through artifacts, oral histories, documents and photographs.
National Hellenic Museum

333 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 6066, Tel. 312 655-1234
Open every day except Monday

The National Hellenic Museum, founded in 1983, is dedicated to displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans. The museum maintains a collection or artifacts and ephemera and has an extensive collection of oral histories. Their library has books in Greek and English and provides access to the oral history collection.
St. Fotios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

41 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084, Tel.: 904-829-8205, Fax: 904-829-8707

Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768. The Shrine consists of exhibits depicting the life of early Greeks in America and the development of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and the St. Photios Chapel.


Queens College Hellenic-American Oral History Project: Greek http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/DSS/Sociology/GreekOralHistory/Pages/Interviews.aspx On the Internet.

“Features recorded oral history interviews of immigrants and American-born Greeks. The library contains personal narratives about ethnic and racial identities, as well as profiles of Greek American administrators, artists, businessmen and -women, politicians, professionals, students, and workers. Additional interviews will be added as they become available.”

National Hellenic Museum


Has over 300 histories covering Chicago, Tarpon Springs, Colorado, NY, Virginia/D.C., Berrien County, Michigan and others.


Berrien County Historical Association in Berrien Springs, Michigan


Fifty interviews of Greeks who made their home in Berrien County, Michigan or who vacationed there. (These oral histories are also available at the National Hellenic Museum).


Grand Rapids Public Library. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Collection 277 contains material gathered for an exhibit in the 1980s at the public museum.

"Greek-American Family: Continuity through Change” It includes oral histories of the following: Boxes 10-15. Masters. Boxes 16-21 Usage copies (UT.GH#), Box 10 and 16, UT-GH.1 Mrs. Christopoulos [could be Sophia, Maria, Wilma - 1981 city directory]. UT-GH.2 George Karaganis (2 tapes). UT-GH.3 Marion Orphan. UT-GH.4 George and Bess Orphan. UT-GH.5 Vestpers Holy Trinity G. O. choir/ UT-GH.6 Maloley (2). UT-GH.7 Marianne and James Sampanis. UT-GH.8 Bicentennial Biennial Clergy: Laity Congress; Young Adult Symposium Tues. July 6, 1976, Philadelophia PA Archbishop Iakovos, H. M. Petrakis speakers. UT-GH.9 1976Switchboard Thalia Cheronis Selz: A Sallas, N Macroidis, Patrakis, Songs of Independenc and Freedom: Denis Mimitreas; Piano: Vasilios Gaitanos, Poem: Dance of the Zalongon, Alex Karanikas, Shepherds of Freedom: The years of war, Petrakis, Songs, Sonnets. UT-GH.10 Six tapes of meetings about the exhibit. UT-GH.11 Clark Afendoulis (2). Box 11 and 17. UT-GH.12 Chris Afendoulos. UT-GH.13 George Afendoulos (2). UT-GH.14 Sam Afendoulos (2). UT-GH.15 Tina Afendoulos (2). UT-GH.16 Steve and Sally Andrinidhes (2). James Zarafonetis. Delia Zarafonetis (2). Cleopatra Sedaris. Steve Frangos. UT-GH.17 Bessie Arrigo. UT-GH.18 Steve Bacalis (2). UT-GH.19Joan and James Bogdan. UT-GH.20 Mary and Paul Bogdan (2). UT-GH.21 Sophia Cachicalis (2). Box 12 and 18. UT-GH.22 Paul and Connie Chardoul. UT-GH.23 Constantine Dallis (2). UT-GH.24 Alex Demar and Delia Zervonitis (2) [zarafonetis?]. UT-GH.25 Alex Demar (3). UT-GH.26.1 Elaine Mitchell, Delia Demar. UT-GH.26.2 and .3 Mrs. Demar. UT-GH.27 Angelo Dimitriou (2). UT-GH.28 Emma Dukis and Eleni Limber. UT-GH.29 Andreas Fortias (2). UT-GH.30 Gounos Sourmelou (2). Box 13 and 19. UT-GH.31 Dean Georgacakes (2). UT-GH.32, 33, 34 Vivian Hampers (7). UT-GH.35 Helen Johnson. UT-GH.36 Athena Jaffas (3). UT-GH.37 Angeline Kachoutis. UT-GH.38 Gus Koukias (2). UT-GH.39 Sam and Jeannette Koukios. Box 14 and 20. UT-GH.40 Tom Kouchoukos (2). UT-GH.41 Andy Limber. UT-GH.4 2Alex Mitchell. UT-GH.43 Elaine Mitchell. UT-GH.44 Terry Monoyios. UT-GH.45 James Nicholas (2). UT-GH.46 Chrysoula Panopoulos (2). UT-GH.47 Christo and Joan Panopoulos. UT-GH.48 Jane Patsakos (2). UT-GH.49 Peter Patsakos (2). UT-GH.50 Ted Sampanes. UT-GH.51 Ted and Linda Sampanis (2). Box 15 and 21. UT-GH.52 Mary Skouras. UT-GH.53 Bill Savara. UT-GH.54 E. Stavrou. UT-GH.55 Irene Stavrou. UT-GH.56Johnny Theodore (2). UT-GH.57 Jim Triant (2). UT-GH.58 Spiro Vlahos. UT-GH.59 Bill Zarafonetis. UT-GH.60 George Zarafonetis. UT-GH.61 James H. Zarafonetis. UT-GH.62 Sharon Zarafonetis. UT-GH.63 Mrs. M. Zazoupoulos. UT-GH.65 Nicoletta and Alexander N. Paranos (2). Boxes 22 (masters) and 23 (usage). UT-GH.64 Mike Zervos (2). 13 more tapes of music, lectures


Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia

Video Interview Series

Harry Papadakes, George Gatsoulas, Despina “Bessie” Zantopoulos, Nicholas L. Gianopulos, Bertha “Panagiotsa” Rorres, Nick Tsirakoglou, Demetrios Constantelos, Pan-Macedonian Past Presidents Dialogue, Gust Kraras, Eleni Zarbalas-Pantaridis, Jerry Karapalides, Peter C. Bandy, Gary MOssaides, Mary Parras, Gus Andy, Vasilis Karasavas, Steven J. Vlahos, Nick Pappas, Klio Kokolis, Michael Nicolaou, Jarry Kahrilas, Evangelos Frudakis, Anastasia Bandy, Augie Pantellas, Thomas Gotzis, John Sporidis, Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos, Andreas Boukidis, Vasilos Voutsakis, Christina Vraim, John Onassis, Harry Seiss, John Manios,


University of Missouri-St. Louis UMSL Project


The Greek Professorship at UMSL is investigating the history of the St. Louis Greek-American Community. Students will be interviewing members of the community and research materials will be deposited in the Mary E. Critzas Archives of the Greek Culture Center on the campus of UM-St. Louis.

For information contact Dr. Michael Cosmopoulos, Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor of Greek Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, tel. (314) 516-6241, e-mailcosmopoulos@umsl.edu


The Youngstown State University Oral History Collection,



The collection began in 1974. It preserves first-person narratives of northeastern Ohioans who have participated in, or closely observed events which have significantly affected both the state and nation.

Stockton University Oral History Project

Stockton University Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies. Oral History Project supervised by Tom Papademetriou. Collecting and transcribing oral histories. Nothing available online yet (as of 2016)


Tsakopoulos Collection

University Library California State Univ. Sacramento


List of interviewees and the year each was recorded:

1. Bill Rotas, 2006. 2. Speros Sarlis, 2006. 3. Irene Compoginis, 2006. 4. George Tzikas, 2006. 5. George Mackis and Elaine Mackis, 2006. 6. Vaso Mayer, 2006. 7. Dr. Stratis Zampathas, 1984. 8. Marie Brauou, 1985. 9. Presbytera Eleutheria Dogias, 1985. 10. Father Demetrius Dogias, 1985. 11. Eugene Fotos, 1984 & 2005. 12. Tony Stathos, 2006. 13. Mary Stathos, 2006. 14. Helen Caparis, 2005. 15. Mary Lydon, 2006. 16. Bess Anton Feil, 2006. 17. Stella Demas and George Ballis, Louis Demas, and Marilyn Demas, 2005. 18. Julie Mamalis, 2006. 19. Nicholas Kerhoulas, 2005. 20. Gus Petrakas, 2005. 21. Koula Poulos, 2006. 22. Vasilis Verrios, 2006. 23. JoAnne Alexia Demas Horrell, 2006. 24. Jim Vallas, 2006. 25. Louis Demas, 2005. 26. Zita Vlavianos Hosmer, 2013

State Historical Society of Missouri

S0644 Greek American World War II Oral History Project, 2000


“This collection is available at The State Historical Society of Missouri. If you would like more information, please contact usatshsresearch@umsystem.edu.

Taped interviews with Greek-American men of St. Louis who fought in World War II, conducted in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Greece's entry into the war.”

Box 1. Series 1 - Master Tapes. T644.1 Spiro Abadgis T644.2 Trefont Abadgis T644.3 Spiro Boudoris, 8/10/00 T644.4 Emmanuel Cassimantis T644.5 Thomas A. Ginos, 5/5/00 T644.6 Bill Glastris, 7/8/00 T644.7 Leon Golfin, 3/24/00 T644.8 Tasso Karides T644.9 George Liringis, 4/20/00 T644.10 George Nicozisan, 8/2/00 T644.11 Bill Papageorge, 6/28/00 T644.12 Babe Pappas, 7/16/00 T644.13 George Pappas, 6/21/00 T644.14 Nicholas Stamulis, 7/12/00 T644.15 Elias B. Vlanton, 3/12/00. Box 2. Series 2 - Copies. T644.1 Spiro Abadgis T644.3 Spiro Boudouris, 8/10/00 T644.4 Emmanuel Cassimatis T644.5 Thomas A. Ginos, 5/5/00 T644.6 Bill Glastris, 7/8/00 T644.7 Leon Golfin, 3/24/00 T644.8 Tasso Karides T644.9 George Liringis, 4/20/00 T644.10 George Nicozisan, 8/2/00 T644.11 Bill PapaGeorge, 3/12/00 T644.13 George Pappas, 6/21/00 T644.15 Elias B. Vlanton, 3/12/00

Utah Division of State History, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. http://www.heritage.utah.gov/apps/history/findaids/B01644/B1644.xml

The Helen Z. Papanikolas Oral Histories Collection, 1969-1974 A Register of the Collection

Persons interviewed : Angelos, Georgia. Cononelos, Louis. Cozakas, Efrosini. Demiris, Olympia. Demiris, Peter. Jerefos, Katherine. Kisamitakis, Athena. Klekas, Wilma Mageras. McMichael, Millie Mageras. Papanikolas, Helen. Parchinski, Michelle. Paulos, Theodore. Stephanopoulos, George. Ypsilantis, Eugenia. Zamboukos, Virginia Latsis

Greeks in Washington


Oral histories from the Greek-American community in Washington State.

IHRC Univ. of Minneapolis Includes over 100 oral histories from Daughters of Penelope http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/support/greek.php

Got Greek –The Next Generation Initiative’s National Student Survey

“The Got Greek” National Student Survey is the first national online survey of American university students of Greek ancestry”


http://gotgreek.hellenext.org/category/interviews/ On line interviews

University of Kentucky Libraries: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History


Includes Greeks.

Smithsonian Archives of Art.


Includes transcribed interviews with several Greek-American artists.

Library of Congress American Folk Live Center


Arete: The Memories of Greek-American Women: An Oral History Collection Project. This collection contains oral history interviews with people of Greek descent living in the United States, collected during 1987-88.

Library of Congress American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940


Life histories compiled and transcribed by staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Works Project Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1940. There are several Greeks among them. Transcripts are on line.

Library of Congress Veterans History Project www.loc.gov/vets/

Library of Congress. American Folklife Center Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia


Includes a few oral histories of Greeks of Whitesville or about Greeks of Whitesville

USC Shoah Foundation


Audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. Includes Greek Jews.

Wayne State University, The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs

Folklore archive that includes correspondence and many oral histories from the Greek-American Family Project. See the finding aid at https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/UR001731.pdf. The

Reuther Library also has miscellaneous other Greek materials which can be searched on that library’s home page athttps://www.reuther.wayne.edu/.

Notably, the archive includes interviews with historian Dan Georgakas

Search Engines

ArchiveGrid: https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/

OCLC: https://www.oclc.org/home.en.html

WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/


a) Blogs

Apollo Papafrangou, Fiction in a Greek-American Voice,



Greek Canadian History Project

The Greek Canadian History Project (GCHP) is an initiative designed and committed to identifying, acquiring, digitizing, preserving, and providing access to primary source materials that reflect the experiences of Canada’s Greek immigrants and their descendants. The collected sources, currently in the hands of private individuals and organizations in the Greek-Canadian community, will be placed in the care of the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections of York University Libraries. Recently, we had a large donation of materials from a politically and culturally active member of Toronto's Greek community. Also, the GCHP was invited to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Canadian Institute in Greece (Athens) for presentations on the project's goals and progress. Additionally, for a full week in May 2014, the GCHP had a large display of historical materials related to the Greek immigrant experience set up in the main foyer of Toronto City Hall.