The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection University Seal
University Library - California State University, Sacramento
Image of rare books Image of annotated edition of Plato Image of the Parthenon Image of scene on painted panel
Home About the Collection Collection Resources News & Events Support Links
Detail image of tapestry featuring a Greek 'Armatolos'

Clip Are image of microphone and headphones


Oral History Research Guide

Greek-American Oral History Project

Through the medium of recorded interviews the Greek-American Oral History Project seeks to create an extensive repository of firsthand testimonials in three principal areas: Greek Americans in the Sacramento region; Greek Americans directly connected with the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection; and Greek Americans outside the region whose lives and experiences are worth documenting for posterity.

The Project begain in early 2005 when the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation provided a contribution 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, Professor Patrick Ettinger and Professor 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.

A new phase of the Project recently commenced and new oral histories are being recorded by Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Curator George I. Paganelis. 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:

  1. Bravou, Marie, 1985
  2. Caparis, Helen, 2005
  3. Compoginis, Irene, 2006
  4. Demas, Louis, 2005
  5. Demas, Stella and Ballis, George; Demas, Louis and Demas, Marilyn, 2005
  6. Dogias, Presbytera Eleutheria, 1985
  7. Dogias, Rev. Fr. Demetrius, 1985
  8. Feil, Bess Anton, 2006
  9. Bill Rotas, 2006
  10. Fotos, Eugene, 1984 & 2005
  11. Horrell, JoAnne Alexia Demas,2006
  12. Hosmer, Zita Vlavianos, 2013
  13. Kerhoulas, Nicholas and Kerhoulas, Bess, 2005
  14. Lydon, Mary (Dokimos), 2006
  15. Mackis, George and Mackis, Elaine, 2006
  16. Mamalis, Julie, 2006
  17. Mayer, Vaso, 2006
  18. Petrakas, Gus, 2005
  19. Poulos, Koula, 2006
  20. Sarlis, Speros, 2006
  21. Stathos, Tony and Stathos, Mary, 2006
  22. Tzikas, George, 2006
  23. Vallas, Jim, 2006
  24. Verrios, Vasilis, 2006
  25. Workman, Maria Kostidou, 2014
  26. Zampathas, Stratis (Dr.), 1984


George I. Paganelis
Library 3025
(916) 278-4361

Spring 2015
Office Hours:

By appointment.

Suggest a purchase

Join our mailing list
 Sacramento State Library
Home  |  About the Collection  |  Collection Resources  |  News & Events  |  Support  |  Links
Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection
c/o , Curator

2000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6039

Last Updated: