The Cavafy Archive consists of approximately 4.000 manuscripts, photographs and personal items of the poet. The Archive’s collections consist of original poems, translations, commentary on poems, the poet’s correspondence, and his notes. They also include the Archive of Alexandrian Art, the Segopoulos Archive (Segopoulos was one of the poet’s heirs), as well as works of art with references to Cavafy.
The Onassis Foundation acquired the Cavafy Archive in the end of 2012. Its aim is to protect this invaluable material and create the necessary conditions that will make it accessible to researchers and the public. It also wishes to promote C.P. Cavafy’s work and the international character of his poetry and personality. Working towards this end and in the context of a contemporary approach to the poet’s work, numerous projects and events take place in Greece and abroad, for the wider public and particularly the younger generations, creatively utilizing the potential of new technologies.
The Cavafy Archive is an open archive. Its collections are fully recorded, catalogued, and accessible for research purposes, thus ensuring its multifaceted use. The Archive is in the process of being fully digitized; digitized material will be made available in 2016. It will, thus, be a model of managing archival collections and of an open cultural policy. Soon the Archive will be housed in a specially designed space, accessible to researchers and all interested parties. We, at the Cavafy Archive, do not only aim at preserving the past, but also in dynamically orienting the Archive towards questions posed by the future.
The official websites of the Cavafy Archive are:
Who We Are
Managing Director: Afroditi Panagiotakou
Senior Academic Advisor: Dimitris Papanikolaou
Project Manager: Theodoros Chiotis
Assistant Project Manager: Marianna Christofi