Orally Transmitted Material
of the Centre for Asia
Minor Studies

The Centre's research interests were initially directed towards the expatriated. Field research was conducted in refugee settlements in the region of Attica and beyond. The oral accounts of 5000 refugees from all parts of Asia Minor were collected. The testimonies were taken full advantage of: they constitute the Oral Tradition Archives. More than 100 researchers have dealt with 1375 settlement units over 300,000 pages of manuscript records.

This material provides valuable information describing the complete life cycle of the Greek populations of Asia Minor in their original homelands during the peaceful pre-disaster period. It has been classified by geographical region (Aeolis, Ionia, Lydia, Caria, Lycia, Pamphylia, Cilicia, Pisidia, Phrygia, Galatia, Lycaonia, Cappadocia, Paphlagonia, Pontus, etc.) and is open to all interested researchers.

The importance of the orally transmitted materials, the wide range of themes contained in the information, and the particular moment in which it was recorded make this material unique. We may no longer have access to the testimonies of the first generation of refugees from another source.

HCS maintains a permanent, extensive archives of articles which readers are invited to browse. For more information about Smyrna or Asia Minor Greeks, see the webpages Smyrna and Asia Minor at the URL http://www.helleniccomserve.com/smyrnaopener.html or the webpage located at http://www.helleniccomserve.com/archivesmyrnaasiaminor.html

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