The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection at California State University, Sacramento has acquired the Modern Greek Studies Foundation Collection in Memory of Kyriakos Tsakopoulos.
This collection consists of some 2,500 volumes of books, journals, magazines, and newspapers; archives/manuscripts and ephemera; oral histories and other audiovisual recordings; and several pieces of art and artifacts.
The archival material pertains primarily to Greek immigrants and the Greek-American experience in California. Notable among these are the papers of the local Greek-American journalist and author Nikos Rozakos.
Other content includes photographs, videos, and some music and memorabilia on Bay Area Greek communities, including the files, recordings, and transcripts of about 50 oral histories recorded under the Center’s auspices starting in 2001. Also included are the center’s administrative files chronicling its activities over 40 years.
The Modern Greek Studies Foundation Collection comprises the holdings the former Center for Greek Studies at San Francisco State University, established in 1981 by the late Thanasis Maskaleris, professor of comparative literature and classics.
With the closure of the center in May 2021, the entirety of its holdings was transferred to the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, which in turn donated the collection to Sacramento State for the enhancement of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection.
“We are thrilled that this valuable collection will now be an important part of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection at Sacramento State, where it will be curated by exceptionally knowledgeable and caring professionals with deep respect for the value, beauty, and importance of Modern Greek studies,” Modern Greek Studies Foundation President Chris Gus Kanios said.
Cataloging of the book collection is ongoing, and the archival material is currently being processed and will be physically accessible in the near future. To make a financial contribution toward the digitization of select materials from the collection, click here.
Website visitors must look at the section titled “Designation,” click “View all giving options” and select “Hellenic Book Fund” under “University Library.” Finally, under “Gift Instructions type,” users must select “MGSF Collection Digitization.”
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