In January 2020, the archives of the economic magazine, Industrial Review (Βιομηχανική Επιθεώρησις –“Viomichaniki Epitheorissis”) (1934 – 1990) published by Spyros A. Vovolinis, the archives of his brother Konstantinos A. Vovolinis, as well as the archives of the newspaper Greek Blood (Ελληνικόν Αίμα – “Hellenikon Aema”) (1940-1949) have been donated to the Historical Archives of the Bank of Greece by their heir Alexandra K. Vovolini (Publisher and Director of Kerkyra Publications S.A. – Economia Publishing).
[Press Release, Bank of Greece, 5/03/2020]
The archival collections of the Vovolini family exceed 1,750 individual files and highlight - through the variety of their records - the multifaceted activity of the two brothers: Spyros Vovolinis whose professional activity was focused on journalism and publishing, and Konstantinos Vovolinis who distinguished himself in research – historical activities and in active involvement in politics.
At the same time, the archives of their publications illuminate - from their own perspective - the industrial and, more generally, the economic development of Greece, with regard to the Industrial Review, and the period of National Resistance and the national struggles in the case of “Hellenikon Aema”.
The correspondence of the protagonists, as well as all of the historical material contained in the archival collections of the Vovolini family and the publications they have issued, are invaluable sources for scientific research of a long period of time – from the Interwar period until the 1980s – and over a wide range of topics: from politics and economics to the development of the Press and of print journalism.
The donation of the Vovolini archives to the Historical Archives of the Bank of Greece will contribute substantially to deepening the study of the political and economic history of Greece, as it is complementary to the existing archival collection of the Bank and its former Governors, Emm. Tsouderos, Kyr. Varvaressos, G. Mantzavinos, X. Zolotas and the former Deputy Governor, I. Pesmazoglou.
The complete index of the historical archives of the Vovolini family is available at the website of the Bank of Greece here.
Furthermore, following an earlier donation of Ms. Alexandra K. Vovolini, the 2,653 files of the “Great Greek Biographical Dictionary” (Μέγα Ελληνικόν Βιογραφικόν Λεξικόν) are kept at the Gennadius Library. For more information click here.