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 aim is to record and digitize material in the best possible manner in order to ensure its study and various uses. In 2016 the Cavafy Archive was digitized. Organizing archival material electronically continues to be under way. We are currently planning the Archive’s move to a specially designed space, which will be open to researchers and all interested parties. Until then, the Cavafy Archive can be accessed by all researchers working on C.P. Cavafy upon request.
Who We Are
Senior Academic Advisor: Dimitris Papanikolaou
Project Manager: Theodoros Chiotis
Assistant Project Manager: Marianna Christofi
In managing the Cavafy Archive, our focus continues to be the preservation of the past, as well as a strong orientation towards questions of the future.