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Historical Archives

The mission of the Historical Archive Section is to document and highlight the Bank’s role in Greek economy and society and its contribution to the country’s cultural heritage and repository of historical resources.

In the pursuit of its mission, the Historical Archive Section:

  • collects, preserves, manages and disseminates archival material relating to the history and role of the Bank of Greece from its foundation to the present;
  • collects, preserves, manages and disseminates material from the personal archives of former Governors and Deputy Governors of the Bank;
  • searches for, collects, manages and disseminates historical evidence in the possession of third parties and relevant to the past of the Bank of Greece;
  • makes historical resources available to researchers and the general public;
  • conducts archival and historical research and studies;
  • establishes cooperation and develops synergies to promote the Bank’s history and resources.

The content of the Historical Archive extends as far back as to the Bank’s establishment in 1928 and is of great historical value. In order to preserve the core material that documents the Bank’s character, policies and broader economic and social impact, the Historical Archive Unit collects, processes and maintains the following individual archives:

  • Bank of Greece archives (inactive and permanent records);
  • personal archives of former Governors;
  • third-party archives associated with the Bank’s history and acquired by way of donation or purchase;
  • a photographic and audiovisual archive.

The Bank of Greece archives comprise decisions of the Administration and records of the Bank’s operations. Past governor archives include the personal archives of Emmanuel Tsouderos, Kyriakos Varvaressos, Georgios Mantzavinos and Xenophon Zolotas, which attract strong scholarly interest. The photographic and audiovisual archive contains material (images, sound recordings, footage, etc.) relevant to the history of the Bank of Greece.

The historical archives are accessible to researchers and the general public, subject to the terms and conditions specified in management regulations and in accordance with the relevant decisions of the Administration.