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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of Modern Greek Materials
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 4 folders
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-2; 4


Consists of an open collection containing miscellaneous source material related to Modern Greek studies, including letters, documents, artwork, and other unbound manuscript items.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This open collection consists of miscellaneous source material, including letters, documents, artwork, and other unbound manuscript items, pertaining to Modern Greek studies, including such subjects as diplomacy, politics, artists and writers, and Anglo-Greek relations. There are folders for Jean François Boissonade, Agalia Ionides Coronio, W. N. Glascock, Dora d'Istria, T. Karatheodorēs, Nikos Kazantzakis, Marie-Louis Marcellus, Emmanuel Miller, Constantine Mususrus, G. G. Pappadopoulos, Edouard-Jean-Pierre Perrin, Athanasios Petridēs, Abraham Salamé, En Athēnais Epistēmonikē Hetaireia, Viscount Stratford de Redclifffe, E. M. de Vogüé, Sir George Wheler, and Frank A. H. Young. Correspondents include John Boosey, Prince Roland Bonaparte, Edward Burne-Jones, Frederick William Burton, Baron Thomas Denham, Frederika Queen of the Hellenes, Charles Samuel Keene, Vice Admiral Edward Campbell Rich Owen, Edward Poynter, Jacob Spon, Compton Mackenzie, Walter Leaf, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Included is a letter (1865) by Emile Crespin regarding the ravages caused by the Cholera epidemic in Constantinople and Thérapia, in Turkey. Also included are letters (1867) by an unidentified French diplomat, posted in Athens, describing trips he has taken around the Mediterranean, to such places as Jerusalem, Cairo, and Constantinople. Zosimas II (1686-1746) is represented by a series of three letters in Latin and Italian (the first signed in Greek) and a Tractatus comprised of sixteen articles in Latin (1736-1737); they were written in the town of Siátista, Macedonia, under Ottoman rule and sent to the Georg Tönnemann, S.J., in Vienna.

Later additions include a French autograph manuscript (1946) by Louis Robert describing an archeological trip to Turkey and a cotton handkerchief memorializing the Cyprus Convention of 4 June 1878; an autograph album (ca. 1896-1916) of nurse Muriel Bois who worked at the Norland Institute (1906) and the Jenny Lind Infirmary (1907) in England, and who was in Greece (ca. 1914-1916), including watercolor and pencil drawings (a number by children) and contributions by Greek princesses (Olga, Elizabeth, Marina, Margarita, and Theodora); 22 letters (1929-1937) by Prince Nicholas to V. C. Scott O'Connor; and a long letter (1700, copy) by Sieur de Berquin to French administrator Michel Bégon about a diplomatic incident involving French ambassador Charles de Ferriol at the court of Mustafa II in Constantinople. Nine letters to Soutsos, Michael Vodas (1784-1864) including three letters from his father, Grēgorios, one from his brother, Nikolaos, both written in Greek and one letter from his son, Iōannēs, written in French, all of the letters dated between 1828-1839; one anonymous letter dated August 2, 1725 regarding a miraculous relic in Cyprus; 28 letters (1829-1830) addressed to Bory de Saint-Vincent, leader of the French expedition to Morea during the Greek War of Independence, from officers and other members of the expedition force, relating to the state of affairs in Morea, after a period of anarchy, and other matters of political and scientific interest; French list of imported and exported products of the island of Crete, their approximate values, and the rights to which they are subjected (1834); 11 handwritten manuscripts of esnaphia ragiadōn from Constantinople dated 1834 and signed by G. Mantzouranēs; 3 French manuscripts, ca. 1835:--one relating to the island of Samos, another on the financial state of Greece accompanied by a printed brochure (1836) prepared by George Finlay containing an essay on the principles of bank applied on the state of Greece, the third on the Greek political leaders.

Additions also include a correspondence book containing copies of 35 letters (1738-1739) by the French trader Charles Guieu, based in Smyrna, to his brothers established in Chania (2nd largest city in Crete), regarding coffee, cotton, indigo and other products sold through Smyrna and Constantinople; 3 mimeographed folio sheets of Maxwell Anderson's account of the Nazi atrocities at the Greek village of Distomo in June 1944; "Ston Hellēnoitaliko Polemon tou 1940," bound autograph manuscript diary (24 pp.) compiled by the leader of the "skapanisses" of the National Youth Organization (E.O.N.) from 29/10/1940 to 12/01/1941; autograph manuscript (4 pp.) of the Diocese of Caesarea in Cappadocia (1906) written in Karamanli dialect signed by the Metropolitan Amvrosios and others with stamps and an authentication dated 1912; notebook of an autograph manuscript report of the Major of the Police Department of Mytilēnē (Lesbos Island, Greece), Grēg. Katsarea, during the German occupation from 1941 to 1942; Max Merten case, autograph and typed manuscripts, 1957-1959; AMs (4 pp.) of the County Court of Chania (Greece), 1891 regarding a case where the defendant is Eleutherios Venizelos; AMs (30 pp.) of a plan for the reconstruction of the judicial power in Crete (Greece) signed by I. Skaltsounēs, January 3, 1880; AMs (5 pp.) of an announcement regarding legislative reforms in Crete by the governor of the island, I. Phōtiadēs dated Chania, June 12, 1879; 2 letters by the legislator of Crete, I. Skaltsounēs, regarding the criminal and political law of the island dated 1879; Compton Mackenzie's "Euboea Fifty Years Ago" [1966] manuscript; 11 signed autograph letters from Lord Dunsany (E. J. M. D. Plunkett) to violinist May Harrison, with a corrected typescript of his poem "To the Children of Greece" and a transcript by May Harrison of the account of a Yugoslav soldier; and letters from Pre-Raphaelites Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti to members of the prominent Ionides family.

The oversize box includes 9 pencil drawings by Jules Coignet, made during a trip to Greece and Turkey in 1844, including scenes of Smyrna (Turkey), Rhodes (Greece), Beirut (Lebanon). 4 paper sheets: one Greek manuscript letter (34 x 21.3 cm.); one diploma of membership in the Athenian Society of Natural History (47.4 x 39.5 cm.); two broadsides of statutes of the Society both in Greek (42 x 31.5 cm.) and German (42 x 31.5 cm.). 4 watercolors by Roxanē Karatza depicting the genealogic trees of: the family Mavroyeni (1894); the family Antoine Rosetti (undated); the family Callimachi (undated); and the family Diamanti Draco Soutzo (c. 1894). 1 printed leaf (70.3 x 56 cm.) of the constitutional law of Greece dated 1864 and inscribed "To Neon Hellēnikon Syntagma : Eis to onoma tēs hagias kai homoousiou kai adiairetou Triados. Hē en Athēnais B' tōn Hellēnōn ethnikē syneleusis, psēphizei." Text written in six columns; printed frame. At the end of the text we read: "En Athēnais, tē 16ē Noemvriou 1864. Geōrgios A'. Ho proedros tēs Syneleuseōs, Iōannēs Mesēnezēs, Ho Proedros tēs Hieras Synodou, Theophilos - Hoi Hypourgoi K. Kanarēs, S. Sōtēropoulos, A.Ch. Lontos, Th.P. Deligiannēs, A. Koumoundouros, A. Karnalēs.

This miscellaneous collection was established in 2003 to provide a way to locate small accessions of Modern Greek-related material that the Library has acquired with support from the Program in Hellenic Studies.


The folders are arranged alphabetically by author or subject.

Collection History


Acquired with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund.

Purchased from Roy Davids, Richard Ford, Rodolphe Chamonal, Traces-Ecrites, Librairie Michel Bouvier, Clive Farahar and Sophie Dupre, Petros Vergos, AJASSE Librarie Ancienne, Robert van den Graven in 2003-2011 and gifts from Program in Hellenic Studies with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund (AM 2004-45, 2006-125, 2007-33, 2007-53, 2008-15, 2008-64, 2008-87, 2009-6, 2009-82, 2009-85, 2009-87, 2009-88, 2009-94, 2009-122, 2009-123, 2009-131, 2010-54, 2010-112, 2011-3, 2011-84, 2012-1, 2012-90, 2014-16, 2016-33, 2017-61).

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


Nothing was removed from the collection.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2014, and 2018-2023, by Fiona Bell '18 in 2015, by Kelly Bolding in 2016. During 2016 processing, the collection title was changed from Miscellaneous Hellenic Studies Collection to the present title to reflect the collection's nature and subject focus.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Library Collection of Modern Greek Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-2; 4

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Subject Terms:
Archeology -- Turkey -- History -- Sources.
Art patrons -- England -- 19th century -- Correspondence.
Cholera -- Turkey -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Diplomatic and consular service, British -- Turkey -- 19th century.
Diplomatic and consular service, French -- Greece -- Athens -- 19th century.
Epidemics -- Turkey -- History -- Sources.
Inscriptions, Greek.
Genre Terms:
Autograph albums -- 20th century.
Drawings -- 19th century
Societé des Sciences d'Athènes
Bégon, Michel
Boissonade, Jean-François, 1774-1857.
Coignet, Jules Louis Philippe, 1798-1860
Ferriol, Charles, marquis d'Argental, comte de, 1637-1722
Guieu, Charles
Miller, Emmanuel, 1812-1867
Nikolaos, Prince of Greece (1872-1936)
Pappadopoulos, G. G. (Grēgorios G.), 1819-1873
Athens (Greece) -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Beirut (Lebanon) -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
Cairo (Egypt) -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Euboea (Greece)-- Description and travel -- 20th century.
Greece -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Greece -- History -- War of Independence, 1821-1829 -- Sources.
Greece -- Politics and government -- 1832-1862.
Istanbul (Turkey) -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Istanbul (Turkey) -- History -- Sources.
Izmir (Turkey) -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
Jerusalem (Israel) -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Rhodes (Greece) -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
Smyrna (Turkey) -- Commerce -- 19th century.
Tarabya (Turkey) -- History -- Sources.
Turkey -- Description and travel -- 20th century.
Turkey -- History -- Mahmud II, 1808-1839 -- Sources.
Turkey -- History -- Mustafa II, 1695-1703 -- Sources.