Special Collections is presently doing research for two virtual exhibits:
Arts Incorporated: the Golden Griffin Bookstore and Gallery
In 1947 Vlavianos founded Arts Inc.: international exchange of literature, theater, and music. Arts Inc. included a publishing house specializing in European scholarly and artistic works. The publishing firm was expanded to create the Golden Griffin Bookstore, and later, the Griffin Gallery which dealt with contemporary American and European artists. The bookstore and gallery were located in midtown Manhattan during a period of increasing post-war cultural internationalism. This exhibit will tell the story of Arts Inc. It will display several of its award-winning publications, including the critically-acclaimed “American Cities” series which featured the work of Swiss water-colorist Fritz Busse and texts by renowned contemporary writers.
The Greek War Relief Association
As Publisher and Editor of the Greek-speaking daily newspaper, the National Herald, Vlavianos played a prominent role in the Greek War Relief Association, an international philanthropic organization which saved the lives of thousands of Greek citizens from starvation druing World War II. This exhibit will tell the story of the GWRA and feature correspondence, newspaper clippings, black and white photographs and event posters.