Department of Archives
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has amassed a unique and valuable collection of materials relating to the history of the Greek people, their culture and religion, in the United States.
Nikie Calles, Director of Archives
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has amassed a unique and valuable collection of materials relating to the history of the Greek people, their culture and religion, in the United States. This material continues to be an important linchpin to the present-day culture. Much of the material is also important information and graphics for the ongoing day-to-day functionality of many aspects of the Archdiocese.
Since the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America in 1922, the evolution of the Greek-American community has been a primary interest of the leadership of the Church. To meet this concern, the Department of Archives was created in 1964 to serve as a repository of Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America. The mission of the Department is to systematically collect, organize, catalogue, and maintain the documents relating to the history of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Greek American community. As a repository of select resources, the department’s goals are to preserve our indelible past, chronicle our present, and to provide a valuable resource center for future generations interested in the unique history of the Archdiocese, and the vast richness of our Greek Orthodox faith and Hellenism in America. By looking through the department’s collection, one can discover and appreciate the struggle and triumph of Orthodoxy and the Archdiocese since its inception, while also understanding the Church’s identity and its relationship to others.
Included in the Archives’ files are hundreds of documents representing numerous categories of Church development. Among the categories indexed are:
- The establishment and incorporation of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America;
- The historical development of key institutions and governing bodies within the Church;
- The structure and reorganization of the Archdiocese;
- The listings of all clergymen within the hierarchy of the Church;
- The progress of the ecumenical movement;
- The records of the Ecumenical and Orthodox Patriarchates.
In addition, the Archives has gathered an extensive photograph file and book collection on Hellenism in America.
Undoubtedly, the most extensive and authentic repository of the history of the Greek Orthodox Church and of Greeks in America, the Office of Archives is now in a position to offer its services to scholars, researchers and authors. It is ready to provide them with the resources necessary for their research. Information and photographs are available upon request.