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Alexandros Xydēs Collection
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes and 1.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): 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


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 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.

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 (mss): Box 1-4