A Survey of Archival Records of New York's Hellenic Community


As with any project of this scope, the Advisory Board and the employees played a very important role in the successful completion of the Greek American Documentation Project. I am indebted to you for your time and talents that you so generously offered to the project. I feel exceptionally fortunate to have been able to work with such a wonderful group of people and I will always treasure the memories of the meetings and conversations that I enjoyed with each of you.

I would like to express my gratitude to all the associations that participated in this survey, your input was essential. I would also like to extend my grateful appreciation to Kathleen Roe, Principal Archivist and Vicki Weiss, Archivist, the Documentary Heritage Program of the State Archives and Records Administration; Debra Bernhardt, Head of Archival Collections, New York University; Diana Lachatanere, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Nelida Perez, Archives Director, Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos, Hunter College and the staff of the Research Foundation of the City University of New York for their invaluable support and assistance whenever I needed it.

As this note emphasizes my acknowledgement of the assistance I got throughout the project, I have yet to mention the backstage people -the unknown heroes- whose contributions, ideas, recommendations and comments were equally important. I turned to you for assistance in filling the gap between what was done and what needed to be done. You were always there, willing to offer your time and expertise for the advancement of this project, despite time and day: His Grace Bishop Alexios of Troas, Assistant to the Archbishop; Rev. Father George K. Passias and Kristine Marames, St. Nicholas Church of Flushing; Maritsa Xanthos, Hellenic Cultural Center; Bill Seretis and Van Pappas, Eleftheriani Benevolent Society; Costas Dedopoulos, Naupactian Brotherhood; Nikolaos Anagnostos, St. Demetrios of Naupactos Brotherhood; Nicholas Doxacopoulos and Kleanthis Bakalis, Federation of Hellenic Societies; Nicholas Zacharatos, Ss. Constantine & Helen Church of Brooklyn; Aris Papadopoulos, National Herald newspaper; The Reporters newspaper; Timoleon Kakouros, Association of Laconian Societies; Chris Tsaglas; Professor Charles Moschos; Stacy Frangos; Frank Pavlik, Manager, Print Shop, Town of Huntington, for his invaluable assistance regarding the printing of this report; Paul J. Papatsos and John P. Papatsos, my round-the-clock computer advisors; the staff of LEAP at Queens College, Regina Little, Administrator and Susanne Paul, Associate Director; last, my husband Terry for his patience and my daughter Diana whose typing skills were indispensable.

To you, this work is dedicated with my heartfelt appreciation. Your efforts made the Greek American Documentation Project possible. Thank you!

Antonia S. Mattheou

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