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Alexandros Xydēs Collection
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes and 1.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4
Greek, Modern English


Consists of the collection of Alexandros Xydēs, Greek diplomat and art critic. Included are typed manuscripts, correspondence, off-prints, ephemera, and other printed material with a focus on Greek politics, Cyprus, human rights, and international relations.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of Alexandros Xydēs collection of professional correspondence, literature concerning Greek and Cypriot foundations, organizations, and committees, typed manuscripts of articles and essays of several authors, as well as governmental reports. There are also printed material such as off-prints and clippings with a focus on Greek politics, Cyprus, human rights, and international relations. Theater programs, flyers, brochures, and ballots of several political parties of Greece complement the collection.


This collection has been organized into the following series:

Collection Creator Biography:

Alexandros Xydēs, Greek diplomat and art critic, was born in 1917 in Liverpool, England. He was a man of intellect and vision and one of the most influential figures of post-war Greek art criticism. Xydēs began to collect art in 1938. In 1999 his personal collection of works by Greek and foreign artists was donated by him and his wife, Dorothea, to the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessalonikē (Greece). His acquaintance with George Seferis began during World War II when they both served in the Middle East and later on at the Greek Embassy in London during the Cyprus crisis, 1957 to 1960. Xydēs is also known for his dedication to Cyprus and his activity against the Greek dictatorship, 1967-1974. He was also the author of several books relating on Greek art and politics. He died in 2004.

Collection History


The collection is a gift of Alexandros Xydēs to the Princeton University Library with the assistance of the Program in Hellenic Studies.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2011. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Alexandros Xydēs Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4