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Alaveras, Tēlemachos
Tēlemachos Alaveras Papers and Nea Poreia Archives
Manuscripts Division
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97 boxes, 2 items, and 39.3 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 1-13; 15-39; 41-45; 48-81; 83-84; 86-97 Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 14; 40; 46-47; 82; 85


Consists of personal papers of Tēlemachos Alaveras, a prolific Modern Greek writer and editor of the literary magazine Nea Poreia for more than fifty years. He was also the president of the Literary Society of Thessalonikē and member of boards of many other organizations. Included also are the archives of Nea Poreia, as well as the personal papers of Alaveras's father, Chrēstos Alaveras.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection comprises ninety-seven boxes of autograph manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence, printed material, audio-visual material, and photographs pertaining to Tēlemachos Alaveras as a Greek writer and as an editor of the literary magazine Nea Poreia. The papers include personal correspondence with major Greek writers and poets, such as Rita Boumē Papa, Dinos Christianopoulos, Margarita Dalmatē, Nikos Dēmou, Giōrgos Iōannou, Timos Malanos, Michalēs Meraklēs, Takēs Papatsōnēs, Pantelēs Prevelakēs, Apostolos Sachinēs, Helenē Vakalo, Giōrgos Veēs, and Chrysanthē Zitsaia. Included also are Alaveras's first writings, notebooks, talks, book reviews, interviews, and awards; writings by other people; the archives of the magazine Nea Poreia; material of other Greek associations or organizations where Alaveras was a board member or president; and finally, personal papers of Chrēstos Alaveras, Tēlemachos Alaveras's father.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Alaveras, Tēlemachos

Tēlemachos Alaveras was born on September 30, 1926 in Plovdiv, Eastern Rumelia (now Bulgaria). The following year his family moved to Thessalonikē, a city they were destined never to leave. The writer appears in the literature with stories in magazines, and soon he asserts himself and becomes famous all over Greece. In 1952 he issued his first book, a series of stories drawn from the civil war in Greece, with the title Ta agrimia tou allou dasous. But the writer first appeared with the novel To horologi, second edition 1990, in the Greek literature. After that Alaveras published the books To miso tou phengariou (stories, 1960), second edition 1990; To sēmerino syngraphiko provlēma (essay, 1961); Hodostrōtēras, (novel, 1963), second edition 1973, third edition 1988. After a great break, Alaveras publishes the study Diēgēmatographoi tēs Thessalonikēs in 1970, and in 1971 the forerunning play in one act Hoi alloi. Apart from these his main study "Ta logotechnika periodika tēs Thessalonikēs (1880-1955)" ["The literary magazines of Thessalonikē (1880-1995)"] was published in stories to be continued in the early press. In 1976 Alaveras issued seven stories with the title Ap'aphormē (second edition 1978). In 1977 this book received the First State Prize for story-writings. In 1985 he issued the volume of stories with the title Gōnies kai opseis, second edition 1988, which received the Ouranē Prize by the Academy of Athens. In 1987 he published the prose "Archeion" Averkiou Sverkiadē," and in 1990 the book Se eutheia grammē. Taxidi stēn Polōnia. In 1991 this book received the National Chronicle-Witness Award. In 1990 he issued one volume with critical notes in books with the title Sēmeiōseis.

Alaveras was the editor of the literary magazine Nea Poreia from the day the magazine was issued (1955). He was also the president of the Literary Society of Thessalonikē. He was a member of boards of state organizations and literary competitions, theater, and film-competitions.

His works have been translated into German, Dutch, Italian, Bulgarian, Swedish, Serbian, and Polish. Tēlemachos Alaveras belongs to the post-war novelists of Thessalonikē and is one of the first writers who exploited the theme of the Greek Civil War period. Married to poet Roula Alavera and had two sons. He died on June 30, 2007.

Collection History


Gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund.


Nothing was removed from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2013. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This 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.

Credit this material:

Tēlemachos Alaveras Papers and Nea Poreia Archives; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 1-13; 15-39; 41-45; 48-81; 83-84; 86-97 Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 14; 40; 46-47; 82; 85