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Greek Historical Documents


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

The collection consists of over 82 Greek autograph documents and letters recording several historical events, campaigns and battles, Cabinet decisions and other announcements, as well instructions from ministers regarding payments of the salaries and other expenses of the soldiers ranging from 1821 to 1873. Most of the documents and letters are dated and signed by several ministers and important officials including Geōrgios Kountouriōtēs, Iōannēs Kōlettēs, Vassos Maurovouniōtēs, Kōnstantinos Mauromichalēs, Nikolaos Ponēropoulos, ̄Adam Doukas, Petros Mauromichalēs, the Μetropolitan Iosēph Androusēs, and Nikolaos Kriezōtēs.

Given by Stefano Papageorgiou in appreciation of Dimitri Gondicas, and to express his gratitude for the two months he spent researching in the Special Collections as a Visiting Fellow of the Program in Hellenic Studies.


Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012. Finding written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in July 2021.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Kalliopi Balatsouka
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Collection Inventory

Official Documents and Letters, 1821-1873. 3 folders.
Scope and Contents

Folders consist of official historical documents regarding the Greek War of Independence. Included are autograph documents of the Provisional Administration of Greece to the Executive Body of the Ministry of Defense signed by the Minister Adam Douka, in Nauplion, 1825; Ministry of Finance to the National Treasury in order to provide money to Vassos Maurovouniōtēs to pay salaries to his soldiers and documents of the Ministry of Religious Affairs signed by the minister Iōsēph Androusēs. Document signed by the Minister of Finance Nikolaos Poneropoulos, in Nauplion, 1825. A similar document from the Minister of Defense signed by its president Geōrgios Kountouriōtēs and the members Iōannēs‏ Kōlettēs and Kōnstantinos Mauromichalēs. A document from the Ministry of Culture to Vassos Maurovouniōtēs regarding his promotion as a Colonel signed in Nauplion on July 26, 1824. There is also an identical copy of a document dated April 14, 1828 in Aigina that lists the number of the soldiers that Adam Doukas had under his command in the battle of Trikeri.

There are also autograph letters and documents signed by Vassos Maurovouniōtēs to his compatriots and several Greek ministries. An autograph signed letter to Maurovouniōtēs (October 31, 1873 in Eleusis) provides information about the battle of Kamatero. An invitation to a hearing at the palace from Timoleōn Vassos followed by an incomplete list of names (dated 1870s). A letter from Iōannēs Kapodistrias to Petrobey (Petros) Mauromichalēs in 1826 in London. A letter to an unidentified recipient dated 1849. Many handwritten pages in the type of a diary documenting historical events from 1821 to 1829.

Physical Description

3 folders

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