Some of the collections

ELIA has over 800 archives, 500,000 photographs and 100,000 books. Just a few of the most important archives are those of War of Independence hero Theodoros Kolokotronis, Dionysios Romas, late statesmen Harilaos Trikoupis and Eleftherios Venizelos, Stephanos Streit, Aristotelis Valaoritis, Dimosthenes Voutyras, Epaminondas Deligeorgis, the poets Constantine Cavafy and Costis Palamas, Alexandros Pallis, Angelos Sikelianou, Tellos Agras and Stratis Tsirkas. The archives of the Greek Community of Alexandria and of the city’s Patriarchate are the largest and most complete in the Hellenism of Egypt section. In fact, some of the archives, such as 19th century documents and 19th and 20th century calendars are some of the most comprehensive in Greece. The daily and periodical press collection includes 8,000 titles from the beginning of the 19th century. Of great historical value are the collections of photographs from the 19th century, of which the oldest date to 1850. Also impressive are the other collections, such as maps, ephemeral evidence of daily life, and memorabilia from the theater, cinema and music.

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