The Historical Archives is a Section of the Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation, housed at the Bank’s Head Office.
It is one of the most important bank archives in Greece; its collections chronicle the establishment and work of the central bank, but also highlight its overall contribution to the economic, monetary, political and social history of the modern Greek nation.
The content of the Historical Archives extends as far back as the Bank’s establishment in 1928 and is of great historical value. A key concern is to curate for permanent preservation rare and valuable archival material that documents the mission, policies and broader economic and social impact of the Bank of Greece.
The tasks of the Historical Archives are the following:
- appraisal, acquisition and management (classification, cataloguing, processing, documentation, and development of search tools) of archival material from the records of the Bank and its Administration that has enduring historical, evidential, legal or administrative value;
- information assurance and protection of original records in the Bank’s collections;
- constant enrichment of the Bank’s archival collections;
- the use of a specialised state-of-the-art information technology system for the management of the archival collections;
- production of high-quality digital or photographic copies of original material;
- making historical resources available to researchers and the general public;
- archival/historical research and studies;
- cooperation, partnerships and networking with relevant institutions within and outside Greece.
The Historical Archives comprises the following categories:
- Bank of Greece records, including decisions of the Administration and material related to the Bank's activities, operations and tasks;
- personal archives of past Governors and Deputy Governors, including those of Emmanuel Tsouderos, Kyriakos Varvaressos, Georgios Mantzavinos, Xenophon Zolotas and Ioannis Pesmazoglou;
- third-party archives associated with the Bank's history and acquired mostly by way of donation;
- a photographic and audiovisual archive relevant to the Bank’s history.
The archival material that is available to researchers includes the following: