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Folklore Archive: Greek-American Family Life Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: WSOH002712
Collection consists of audio recordings representing 75 interviews with members of the Greek community in Detroit, taken between 1983 and 1984. Some interviews extend onto multiple tapes, and some tapes contain multiple interviews.
The following participants were interviewed: Gus Anton, Despina Asim, Aristea Athans, John Athans, Pat Bachakes, Sam Bassaras, Mr. Becharas, Mrs. Becharas, George Blond (Xantheas), Krystalia Cartsonis, Despina Christides, Anna Demos, Dialect discussion (unnamed interviewees), Vasilios Dionysopoulos, Vasilios Dritsas, Stavroula Filippou, Frances Garyet, Jim Gelassakis, Dan Georgakas, Alex and Mary George (interviewed together), Alexander Haggis, Donald Haggis, Kali Kaliarekos, Dennis Kappas, Theodore Karademos, Kostas Karakostas, Judge E. N. Karay, Steve Karniotis, Maria Karra, Nick Katsis, Angelo Kirkos, Alexandra Koklanaris, Katherine Kondos, Nicholas Kondos, Chris Konstandopoulos, Anna Kouskoulas, Jimmy Kouskoulas, John Kouskoulas, Nikolitsa Kouskoulas, Nikos Kouskoulas, Christine Lamberis, Vasilios Liakakos (Lukos), John Loridas, Nick Loridas, Aikaterini Lycoudes, Constantinos Lycoudes, George Makris, Peter Mandas, Dimitra Margaritis, Maria Margaritis, Alex Markus, George Markus, Pete Matrousias, Areti Arlene Mighion, Alexandra Mihalis, Effie Mihalis, John Mourselas, Katherine Mourselas, Despina Pantelides, P. Papadogiannes/Hailer Family (interviewed together), Athanasios Pappas, Dino Pappas, Harry Pulos, Isaac Simopoulos, Helen Sotir, Angie Tangalos, Spiros Tangalos, Nicholas Teknos, Theodore Teknos, Dimitrios Tjavaras, John Tjilos, Pete Tjilos, Peter Vlahantonis, Ignatios Voudoukis, and Stella Zervos.

Dates

  • 1983 - 1984

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection is predominantly in English. A small number of recordings contain Greek.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law. Permission to publish or quote from the materials must be obtained from the interviewee(s).

Extent

2 Linear Feet ((2 SB). ) : Includes 76 audiocassettes.

Abstract

The Folklore Archive, established in 1939 by WSU English professors Emlyn Gardner and Thelma James, contains the oldest and largest record of urban folk traditions in the United States. Between 1983 and 1984, the Department of Greek and Latin at Wayne State University, in conjuction with the university's Folklore Archive and funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Humanities, undertook a project, "The Greek-American Family: Continuity Through Change," to document the Greek experience in America, specifically Michigan and Detroit, from the first arrivals in the 1890s to the present. Collection consists of audio recordings. The tapes represent 75 interviews with members of the Greek community in Detroit, taken between 1983 and 1984. Some interviews extend onto multiple tapes, and some tapes contain multiple interviews.

History

The Folklore Archive, established in 1939 by WSU English professors Emlyn Gardner and Thelma James, contains the oldest and largest record of urban folk traditions in the United States. Between 1983 and 1984, the Department of Greek and Latin at Wayne State University, in conjuction with the university's Folklore Archive and funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Humanities, undertook a project, "The Greek-American Family: Continuity Through Change," to document the Greek experience in America, specifically Michigan and Detroit, from the first arrivals in the 1890s to the present.

Arrangement

Recordings are arranged in numerical order according to cassette tape number.

Custodial History

The original name of the project was "The Greek-American Family: Continuity Through Change."

Acquisition

Transferred to the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in July 1999 as part of selected materials from the Wayne State University Folklore Archive by the Folklore Archive director, Professor Janet Langlois.

Related Materials

Transcripts, time indexes, and background and administrative materials can be found in the Folklore Archive: Studies and Research Projects. Transcripts do not exist for all interviews.
Folklore Archive Collections, including the Southern Upland Folklife in the Midwest Oral Histories and Student Field Projects Oral Histories.

Processing History

Processed by Lauren Kata and Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on October 5, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Folklore Archive: Greek-American Family Life Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Lauren Kata and Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-10-05
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-02-20: Inventory added by Ciera Casteel.
  • 2016-10-05: Additional description by Rebecca Bizonet.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA