The JAAC ImageBase presents about 1400 images in a searchable database of selected photographs and images of artifacts related to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Approximately 450 cataloged items from the award winning Japanese American Archival Collection, available in Special Collections and University Archives.
Through the medium of recorded interviews the Greek-American Oral History Project seeks to create an extensive repository of firsthand testimonials documenting the lives and experiences of Greek Americans in the Sacramento region and beyond for posterity.
The Project began in early 2005 when the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation provided a gift to the Capital Campus Oral History Program to purchase oral history recording and transcription equipment for the program's ongoing use and to conduct and professionally transcribe oral history interviews with members of Sacramento's Greek-American community. Working closely with community members Penny and Terry Kastanis, Professors Patrick Ettinger and Christopher Castaneda of the Department of History developed a set of interview questions revolving around the historical experiences of immigrant Greeks and first-generation Greek Americans in the region. The Kastanises helped identify a list of potential interviewees (typically among the most elderly members of the community) who could speak to events dating back to the turn of the twentieth century. The questions were designed to elicit memories relating to the immigration experience, family life, the development of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, and the social life of the Greek-American community. Interviews were conducted by Ettinger and Castaneda as well as trained graduate students in the Public History Master's Program.
The second phase of the Project commenced when Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Curator George I. Paganelis began recording interviews in 2013. All of the original recordings and a copy of each transcript produced to date have been deposited in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives in the University Library.
Below is a list of interviewees and the year each was recorded:
- Alexander, George, 2015
- Aretakis, John, 2017
- Bravou, Marie, 1985
- Caparis, Helen, 2005
- Compoginis, Irene, 2006
- Demas, Louis, 2005
- Demas, Stella and Ballis, George; Demas, Louis and Demas, Marilyn, 2005
- Dogias, Presbytera Eleutheria, 1985
- Dogias, Rev. Fr. Demetrius, 1985
- Econome, Georgia, 2015
- Feil, Bess Anton, 2006
- Fotos, Eugene, 1984 & 2005
- Horrell, JoAnne Alexia Demas,2006
- Hosmer, Zita Vlavianos, 2013
- Kerhoulas, Nicholas and Kerhoulas, Bess, 2005
- Lydon, Mary (Dokimos), 2006
- Mackis, George and Mackis, Elaine, 2006
- Mamalis, Julie, 2006
- Mayer, Vaso, 2006
- Petrakas, Gus, 2005
- Poulos, Koula, 2006
- Rotas, Bill, 2006
- Sarlis, Speros, 2006
- Stathos, Tony and Stathos, Mary, 2006
- Tzikas, George, 2006
- Vallas, Jim, 2006
- Verrios, Vasilis, 2006
- Workman, Maria Kostidou, 2014
- Zampathas, Stratis (Dr.), 1984
In February 2017 the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection acquired approximately 1,100 select volumes and the entire archive from the collection of the late Prof. John P. Anton. This collection was generously donated by Anton’s widow, Helen J. Anton.
Born in Canton, Ohio in 1920, Anton spent much of his early life in Zygovisti, a small village in western Arcadia, Greece. During World War II he was active in the Greek resistance movement against occupying Axis powers. Following the war he returned to the United States, completing three degrees in philosophy at Columbia University (B.A. in 1949, M.A. 1950, Ph.D. in 1954). He taught at several institutions, including SUNY Buffalo and Emory University, before becoming Distinguished Professor of Greek Philosophy and Culture at the University of South Florida from 1982 until his retirement. Anton authored 10 books, edited 18 others, and published over 125 articles in various journals. He was awarded four honorary doctorates and served on many professional organizations in the humanities throughout his career. He passed away on Dec. 20, 2014.
The book materials acquired fall into three principal areas: Modern Greek studies excluding literature, Modern Greek literature, and philosophy (mostly ancient). Among the Modern Greek studies section are books on art, 20th-century Greek history, folklore, and education, including an important run of a postwar Greek education journal Paideia kai Zōē (Education and Life). The section on Modern Greek literature includes early (and some first) editions of major Greek writers such as Palamas, Sikelianos, Cavafy, and Kazantzakis, along with secondary works on these authors; poetry by other Greek and Greek-American authors; and conference proceedings on Modern Greek literature, many in English.
The philosophy books consist mostly of secondary works in English on ancient philosophy and philosophers, especially Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus; works on Neoplatonic philosophy; works by and about the modern Greek philosopher, educator, and critic Evangelos Papanoutsos, a friend, correspondent, and scholarly subject of Anton’s; and thematic works and conference proceedings in English published by the International Center for Greek Philosophy and Culture in Athens. Spanning these three broad areas are books authored, edited, or with contributions by Anton; offprints and reviews written by Anton; and a two-volume Festschrift celebrating his achievements.
Anton’s manuscript collection consists of personal and professional papers (ca. 60 linear feet). Of particular note are the handwritten three-volume diary and eight manuscript notebooks of poetry, plays, and songs he wrote as a young man while fighting with the guerillas in Greece during World War II. Also of high importance are Anton’s correspondence with leading scholars, writers, and cultural figures; correspondence from invited lectures; materials on conference activities; research projects; seminars given; syllabi; university course notes and lectures; unpublished papers; reviews; files on Papanoutsos; files on Eva Palmer-Sikelianou, including two typescript versions of her autobiography Upward Panic (issued in Greek in 1992 as Hieros Panikos), one with corrections in her hand; and computer files. Finally, there is a draft typescript autobiography written by Anton.
(cataloging is ongoing)
In May 2011, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection became the new home of the Hellenic library of the late economist and computer scientist, columnist and author, Dr. Steve (né Savas) A. Demakopoulos. Dr. Demakopoulos was born in New York City in 1930. He received his bachelor's degree from the City College of New York in 1953, served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, and received both his master's (1958) and doctoral degrees (1970) from New York University. His two-volume dissertation was titled "Methods and Efficacy of Long-Range Industry Forecasts: A Case Study of the Domestic Air Cargo Industry." Also in 1970, he married Madeline Polisson, his wife of 35 years. Between 1958 and 1970, he worked in various positions in programming, systems management, and operations research analysis before becoming a senior economic analyst for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in 1971, where he spent the remainder of his professional career.
He cultivated various intellectual pursuits in Hellenic studies broadly and in particular in the fields of lexicography, literature, folklore, and music. He was a personal member of the Modern Greek Studies Association, the Dictionary Society of North America, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (formerly the American Association of Artificial Intelligence), and Krikos. The chief manifestation of these personal interests was his private library, which in total comprised roughly 8,500 volumes, approximately 3,100 of which are in Greek. Among the Greek materials the most pervasive subject area is language, including hundreds of dictionaries of Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek (both katharevousa and demotic), dialectal glossaries, grammars, works on etymology, syntax, orthography, the teaching of Greek, New Testament studies, demoticist scholarship, and other specialized linguistic materials, many of which are rare. Related to language there are copious literary works of major authors; anthologies of poetry, essays, and satire; theatrical works, etc. There is also a substantial number of titles dealing with folklore on topics such as proverbs, songs, stories, and customs of Greeks in Greece, Asia Minor, Pontus, and elsewhere. In addition to books about Greek music, Demakopoulos maintained a sizable collection of bound Greek and Greek-American sheet music (ca. 250 volumes) as well as a musical archive on the same.
Another extension of his interest in the Greek language came in the form of numerous articles and columns he published in newspapers such as the National Herald, Proini, Hellenic Chronicle, Greek Star, and in various magazines. He is also the author of Do You Speak Greek? (2000), in which some of these articles are reprinted in an exploration of Greek language in use in everyday contexts.
Dr. Demakopoulos passed away on Jan. 1, 2006 in suburban Boston, where he had retired 10 years earlier. In 2009 his library was sold to a local book dealer. The following year the collection was brought to the attention of our Curator, who had an opportunity to survey the Hellenic materials for possible acquisition. Based on his strong recommendation, in 2011 the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation very generously acquired this Hellenic library and gifted it to the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection.
The Hellenic library in total contains approximately 3,400 books, including the bound sheet music and roughly 260 volumes in languages other than Greek, and circa 18 linear feet of musical archives. As an accompaniment to these materials, Demakopoulos' widow subsequently donated several hundred audio recordings (vinyl records, reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, and CDs), personal files, correspondence, lexicographical subject files, and related materials.
This collection was carefully crafted over a lifetime by an individual with a passion for Greek culture and an abiding belief in its enduring value; the linguistic materials alone represent quite possibly the finest library on the Greek language in this country previously in private hands. The Demakopoulos Hellenic library represents the most significant acquisition for the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection since its opening in the University Library in 2003. It has dramatically elevated our holdings in the four principal areas of Greek language, literature, folklore, and music to distinguished status among Hellenic studies collections in the United States. Our thanks go out to June Samaras for her help in facilitating this acquisition.
In August 2009, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection received as a donation the library of the late journalist and author, Pyrrhus J. Ruches. Ruches was born in Chicago in 1930, the first of two sons of John and Andromache Ruches (Routsis or Routsopoulos). His father was from Stegopolis in Liountzi (Stegopull, Lunxhi, Albania). John Ruches came to the U.S. in 1910 after a brief stay with his father in Constantinople (Istanbul) where his father worked.
John Ruches was one of the founders of the now-defunct Epirotan Society St. Nicholas of Chicago, the Epirotan Guard (Phrouros tēs Ēpeirou, a precursor to the Pyrrhus Benevolent Society in New York), and of the Pyrrhus Society itself. He was active in the Boston Panepirotic Union just after World War I and played a minor role in the founding of the Panepeirotic Federation. He passed away in December 1989 at the age of 95.
After high school, Pyrrhus served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-1953. From 1954 through the rest of his working life he worked in journalism as a reporter, copy editor, and in other editorial capacities initially in Minnesota, Texas, Virginia, and then, for most of his career, New York. He is the author of two books, Albania's Captives (1965) and Albanian Historical Folksongs, 1716-1943: A Survey of Oral Epic Poetry from Southern Albania, with Original Texts (1967), both published by Argonaut. Over the years he also published freelance articles in the Greek-American and Greek periodical press related to this interest in the Question of Northern Epirus and issues of the Greek minority in southern Albania, no doubt influenced by his father's own roots in the area.
Ruches was an avid reader and amassed a large library reflecting his broad interests in the fields of history, ethnography, folklore, cultural anthropology, and religion ranging from Southern Europe to the Far East. Among the roughly 1,800 items added to the Collection are books, pamphlets, journals, maps, and audio-visual materials (vinyl records, reel-to-reel recordings, audio cassettes, audio CDs, VHS tapes, etc.) in English, Greek, French, Albanian, and other languages. The bulk of this material deals with Greece, with particular emphasis on Epirus and Northern Epirus (southern Albania), the Balkans, and Turkey.
When Ruches passed away in 2008, he bequeathed his library to his long-time friend Dr. Constantine Hatzidimitriou with the intention of having him place it in a suitable institution where it would be available for study and research. The following year Dr. Hatzidimitriou generously donated the Ruches library, supplemented by some additional audio-visual materials donated by Pyrrhus' brother Philip, to the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection as a further enhancement to our extensive holdings. Our thanks go out to Stavros Stavridis for his help in facilitating this acquisition.
The library and archive of Dr. Basil J. Vlavianos constitutes one of the most important parts of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection. Vlavianos originally donated his collection to the Vryonis Center in 1993. Following the donation of the Vryonis Center’s holdings to Sacramento State as the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, Vlavianos’ daughter Zita Hosmer made several donations of books, archives, and artwork that have supplemented the Vlavianos collection even further.
Born in Athens, Greece in 1903, Vlavianos studied law at the University of Athens and later in Germany, where he received his Juris Doctor degree. He married Ekaterina Nicolaou in 1932 and had a daughter Zita in 1936. Following a career as a practicing attorney in Athens, he moved the family to Paris and then ultimately to New York City. From 1940-1947 he was the editor and publisher of the National Herald (Ethnikos Kēryx) newspaper. Also during the war he played a significant role in the Greek War Relief Association. After selling the National Herald he founded Arts Inc. publishing house, which specialized in European scholarly and artistic works. The Golden Griffin bookstore and Griffin Gallery in midtown Manhattan were extensions of Vlavianos’ publishing and personal interests in the contemporary American and European art scene. From 1947-1961 Vlavianos served as an adjunct professor of political affairs and regional studies at New York University. Throughout the remainder of his professional career he continued to be actively involved in political and international affairs, the arts, Greek and Greek-American life, Cyprus, and various other causes. He passed away on June 27, 1994.
The Vlavianos collection today comprises over 3,000 books, journals, and pamphlets, with subject strengths in modern Greek history and literature, Greek America, and Cyprus, among others. The manuscript collection comprises a virtually complete archive on Vlavianos’ personal and professional life spanning his legal career, his years leading the National Herald, his publishing company Arts, Inc., his other business dealings, his professorial career, and his deep involvement in political and community affairs. This archive is replete with subject files, correspondence, photographs, Vlavianos’ writings and more, all of which is outlined in the finding aid to this material, linked below.
Additionally, there are newspapers which Vlavianos had amassed and a small collection of art, including works by Theo Chios, George Constant, Giorgos Stathopoulos, Celeste Polychroniadou, and Phrosō Euthymiadē-Menegakē. The collection includes most of the original illustrations by Fritz Busse which Vlavianos and Arts, Inc. commissioned as part of “American Cities” books. Importantly, the historic piano of New York Philharmonic conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos, which Vlavianos purchased for Zita’s piano lessons as a girl, is also part of the collection and resides in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives.
Historical newspapers, journals, books, Sacramento State theses and other archival documents on microfilm and microfiche.
Streaming databases exclusively available for students, faculty and staff.
Educational, documentary and Academy Award nominated films.