Archives

Most of the Historical Archives’ (IATE) holdings are dated after 1927, the year the Bank of Greece was established, and comprise key records reflecting the operation of Greece’s central bank.

Generally, the IATE holds the following archives:

  • Bank of Greece records, including management decisions as well as documents or other records pertaining to the operation, processes and responsibilities of the Bank;
  • Governor and Deputy Governor personal archives, such as those of Emmanuel Tsouderos, Kyriakos Varvaressos, Georgios Mantzavinos, Xenophon Zolotas and Ioannis Pesmazoglou;
  • Third-party archives, related to the Bank of Greece or the country’s overall economic and banking history.

The typology of its records is quite diverse; written documents, notes, reports and memos notwithstanding, the holdings also include audio-visual material and photographs connected with the Bank’s own history, as well as a large collection of architectural drawings of its buildings.

The IATE’s archives are expanding as new records from the Bank’s various business units and third-party donations are constantly added to its holdings. Records are preserved, digitised and kept in specially designed repositories that guarantee the highest level of protection. Records are managed and arranged by qualified personnel in accordance with international archiving standards.

Arranged archives

Archives that have been arranged and are open to research are:

Emmanuel Tsouderos Archive, 1841-1947 (bulk 1919-1947)

Emmanuel Tsouderos (1882-1956) was Deputy Governor and Governor of the Bank of Greece, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Greece, Minister and Prime Minister.

Emmanuel Tsouderos Archive, 1841-1947 (bulk 1919-1947)

Emmanuel Tsouderos (1882-1956) was Deputy Governor and Governor of the Bank of Greece, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Greece, Minister and Prime Minister. His archive comprises documents on the negotiations for the establishment and the administration of the Bank of Greece, financial and monetary issues, the war debt, the Refugee Rehabilitation Committee, the Greek public debt, the international financial control, the actions of the Greek government in exile, during the Occupation, correspondence with institutional, legal or natural persons in Greece and abroad, memos to the government and press clippings.

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Archive catalogue [in Greek]

Kyriakos Varvaressos Archive, 1908-2016 (bulk 1941-1956)

Kyriakos Varvaressos (1884-1957) served as Deputy Governor and Governor of the Bank of Greece, University professor and Minister. In 1936 he was elected member of the Academy of Athens.

Kyriakos Varvaressos Archive, 1908-2016 (bulk 1941-1956)

Kyriakos Varvaressos (1884-1957) served as Deputy Governor and Governor of the Bank of Greece, University professor and Minister. In 1936 he was elected member of the Academy of Athens. The contents of the Archive document his activity as Governor of the Bank of Greece and as Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and pertain to such subjects as wartime economy, UNRRA, the economic reconstruction
(monetary/economic issues) of Greece and the International Bank. It also includes his published scientific work and his research, press clippings, as well as his correspondence with institutions and officials.

 

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Archive catalogue [in Greek]

Xenophon Zolotas Archive, [c.1900]-2004 (bulk 1926-2004)

Xenophon Zolotas (1904-2004) was Governor of the Bank of Greece, University Professor, Academician, Minister and Prime Minister.

Xenophon Zolotas Archive, [c.1900]-2004 (bulk 1926-2004)

Xenophon Zolotas (1904-2004) was Governor of the Bank of Greece, University Professor, Academician, Minister and Prime Minister. His archive contains his correspondence with institutions, legal and natural persons in Greece and abroad, memos to the Greek governments, and also his statements on economic and monetary issues, the operation of the Bank of Greece and the country’s accession to the EU. It also holds the articles he published in Greek and foreign newspapers, the distinctions he received, as well as documents relating to his candidacy for the Nobel prize and his participation in international organisations and Greek governments.

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Archive catalogue [in Greek]

Georgios Mantzavinos Archive, 1868-1957 (bulk 1906-1955)

Georgios Mantzavinos (1888-1955) served as Deputy Governor and Governor of the Bank of Greece, as well as Minister.

Georgios Mantzavinos Archive, 1868-1957 (bulk 1906-1955)

Georgios Mantzavinos (1888-1955) served as Deputy Governor and Governor of the Bank of Greece, as well as Minister. The documents in his archive relate to economic and monetary issues, the Greek public debt, the Bank of Greece, the country’s economic reconstruction, the Refugee Rehabilitation Committee, the period of German Occupation and the Greek governments during that period, as well as Mantzavinos’s correspondence with institutions and legal or natural persons in Greece and abroad.

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Archive catalogue [in Greek]

Ioannis (Yangos) Pesmazoglou Archive, 1885-2018 (bulk 1945-2003)

Ioannis (Giankos) Pesmazolgou (1918-2003) was General Director in the Ministry for Coordination, Economic Advisor and later Deputy Governor of the Bank of Greece, as well as Minister of Finance.

Ioannis (Yangos) Pesmazoglou Archive, 1885-2018 (bulk 1945-2003)

Ioannis (Giankos) Pesmazolgou (1918-2003) was General Director in the Ministry for Coordination, Economic Advisor and later Deputy Governor of the Bank of Greece, as well as Minister of Finance. His archive holds documents that reflect his career at the University and the Academy of Athens, his anti-dictatorship activity, his term at the Bank of Greece, his political work in Greece and the European Parliament, as well as his actions during the negotiations between Greece and the EU. The archive continued to be enriched after I. Pesmazoglou’s death, also receiving material from the archive of his father, Stephanos G. Pesmazoglou. It comprises documents, correspondence, notes, his writings and speeches, press clippings, official publications of European institutions, photographs and audiovisual material.

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Archive catalogue [in Greek]

Konstantinos Megalokonomou Photographic Archive, 1947-1987, 1994

Konstantinos Megalokonomou was born in 1914 at Smyrna of Asia Minor. He settled in Athens with his family after the Asia Minor Disaster of 1922. He took up photojournalism while still in high school, initially working with his brothers Manolis and Charalambos.

Konstantinos Megalokonomou Photographic Archive, 1947-1987, 1994

Konstantinos Megalokonomou was born in 1914 at Smyrna of Asia Minor. He settled in Athens with his family after the Asia Minor Disaster of 1922. He took up photojournalism while still in high school, initially working with his brothers Manolis and Charalambos. In the 1960s he founded the agency Greek Photographic News - K. Megalokonomou, which was situated in Anthimos Gazis Street, before relocating to the pedestrian street on Karytsis Square. He was one of the leading photojournalists, with a continuous presence in photojournalism until the end of his life, in 1992. The archive continued to be enriched after K. Megalokonomou’s death.

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Archive catalogue [in Greek]

Vovolinis family Archives, 1826-2013 (bulk 1920-1995)

The Vovolinis family archives relate to the activites and publishing companies of the Vovolinis brothers, and comprise four individual archives: those of Konstantinos A. Vovolinis’ (1913-1970), Spyros A. Vovolinis’ (1910-1995), newspaper’s Hellenikon Haema (Hellenic Blood, 1942-1948) and magazine’s Viomichaniki Epitheorisis (Industrial Review, 1934-1990).


Vovolinis family Archives, 1826-2013 (bulk 1920-1995)

The Vovolinis family archives relate to the activites and publishing companies of the Vovolinis brothers, and comprise four individual archives: those of Konstantinos A. Vovolinis’ (1913-1970), Spyros A. Vovolinis’ (1910-1995), newspaper’s Hellenikon Haema (Hellenic Blood, 1942-1948) and magazine’s Viomichaniki Epitheorisis (Industrial Review, 1934-1990). The archives include personal documents, diaries, correspondence, files pertaining to legal and financial cases, thematic files relating to publications, documents of the company “Ekdoseis Ethnikon Agonon S.A.” (“National Struggles Publications S.A.”), issues and special editions of Viomichaniki Epitheorisis, advertisements and press clippings. Moreover, documents relating to Megalo Helleniko Lexico (Grand Hellenic Dictionary) are included. Family commemorative documents, as well as subsequent material relating to Viomichaniki Epitheorisis have also been incorporated into the archives.

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Archive catalogue [in Greek]


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