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The ACG Special Collections consists of a significant number of book holdings and manuscripts of distinguished authors and philhellenes. The Kimon Friar Papers, which is currently under process, constitutes one of the earliest and largest acquisitions.

Kimon Friar Papers

Collection Overview

Collection Number: GR ACG SC 01
Name of Creator: The American College of Greece
Title: Kimon Friar Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1915 – 1993
Languages(s): English, Greek, French

Summary: Kimon Friar was a Greek-American scholar, writer, translator and critic of Modern Greek Literature. He was the highly acclaimed translator of the works of Nikos Kazantzakis, and Nobel Prize poets Giorgos Seferis and Odysseus Elytis and devoted his life into making Hellenic culture and Greek poets and literature known to the English-speaking world.

Scope and Content

The Kimon Friar Papers cover almost all the periods of Kimon Friar’s life (1911-1993). It consists of manuscripts, diaries, biographical and legal documents, correspondence, photos, scrap books, clippings and works of art. Among the highlights of the collection are: the final revised version of the translation of Kazantzakis’ work 'Odyssey' (10/2/1957), and the Galley Proofs of the same work submitted by the publisher Simon & Schuster in 1958.

The documents were found in boxes and although some material was arranged in thematic folders, there was no consistent overall classification system. The Kimon Friar papers have been organized into fourteen thematic series. The collection is still under proccess.

The affiliation of Kimon Friar to ACG has been an inspiration for several activities which enhance Greek-American friendship and interaction, as well as the creation of the Collecting Repository itself.

Series I: Correspondence
  • Subseries A: Chronological
  • Subseries B: Publishers, institutions
  • Subseries C: Correspondence related to Nikos Kazantzakis
Series II: Biographical and Personal Papers
  • Subseries A: Family material
  • Subseries B: Autobiographical notes / CV
  • Subseries C: Legal documents – Contracts
  • Subseries D: Medical files
  • Subseries E: Financial files
  • Subseries F: After death material/documents
Series III: Literary Works (Writings/Manuscripts)
  • Subseries A: Adaptations
  • Subseries B: Anthologies
  • Subseries C: Articles
  • Subseries D: Reviews by Kimon Friar
  • Subseries E: Translations – Individual authors
  • Subseries F: Other literary works
  • Subseries G: Manuscripts – Literary works by other authors
Series IV: Professional Activities
  • Subseries A: Lecture notes
  • Subseries B: Speeches
  • Subseries C: Radio talks – Broadcasting
  • Subseries D: Editorial work – Charioteer
  • Subseries E: Editorial work – Greek Heritage
  • Subseries F: Kimon Friar Publications (offprints and clippings)
  • Subseries G: Book proposals
Series V: Diaries, Notebooks
Series VI: Scrapbooks
Series VII: Artwork
Series VIII: Travel Books – Postcard Collection
  • Subseries A: Guidebooks
  • Subseries B: Postcard collection
Series IX: Ephemera
  • Subseries A: Related to Kimon Friar
  • Subseries B: Related to Nikos Kazantzakis – Odyssey
  • Subseries C: General
  • Subseries D: Invitations
  • Subseries E: Personal
Series X: Photographs
  • Subseries A: Chronological order
  • Subseries B: Thematic
Series XI: Audiovisual material
  • Subseries A: Audiocassettes
  • Subseries B: Audio reels
  • Subseries C: Videocassettes
Series XII: Clippings – Newspaper and Magazine Printed material
  • Subseries A: Clippings – Related to Kimon Friar
  • Subseries B: Clippings – Related to literary works
  • Subseries C: Clippings – General
  • Subseries D: Book excerpts
  • Subseries E: Offprints by other authors (autographed)
Series XIII: Journals – Literary and Other (English, Greek)
  • Subseries A: English
  • Subseries B: Greek
Series XIV: Books
  • Subseries A: Kimon Friar books
  • Subseries B: English
  • Subseries C: Greek