The Historical and Palaeographical Archive is a special department of MIET and was founded in 1974 by Professor Linos Politis.
Its aims are to establish and organize a microfilm archive of manuscript codices and historical archives from Greek lands, to provide advice and information regarding the study of Greek manuscripts, as well as to collaborate with other scientific bodies in Greece and abroad for the promotion of Greek palaeography.
Since the founding of the Archive, more than 200 scientific missions have taken place, during the course of which approximately 7,500 manuscripts and 20 large historical archives have been photographed. In Greece, manuscripts have been photographed from monastery and public libraries in Thrace (Xanthi), Macedonia (Veria, Naoussa, Siatista, Eratyra, Monastery of St Anastasia Pharmakolytria, Mount Athos), Thessaly (Larissa, Tyrnavos, Olympiotissa Monastery at Elassona, Zagora, Milies, Trikala, Karditsa, Volos, Almyros, Skiathos, Skopelos), Epirus (Ioannina, Paramythia), Central Greece (Xenias Monastery, Amphissa, Monastery of Prousou, Monastery of Tatarna), Attica (The Hellenic Parliament, Hydra, private collections), Ionian Islands (Corfu, Ithaka, Cephalonia, Zakynthos), Peloponnese (monasteries in the prefectures of Patras, Aigio and Ilia, Corinth, Dimitsana, Kalamata), the Cyclades (Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Amorgos, Seriphos, Siphnos), East Aegean islands (Chios, Lesbos, Ikaria, Samos) and the Dodecanese (Rhodes, Symi, Kalymnos, Kos, Leros).
In addition, photographs have been taken of the following: all the manuscripts from the monastery and ecclesiastical libraries in Cyprus (Nicosia, Larnaka, Paphos, Monastery of Machairas, Chrysorrhoyatissa Monastery, Kykkos Monastery, Monastery of St Neophytos), the complete manuscript collection of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria and part of its archive, a large part of the archive of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem and selected codices from its library. Selected manuscripts have also been photographed in the Sinai Monastery, as well as in Venice (Marciana Library, Hellenic Institute), Sofia, Bucharest, Kiev and Budapest.
Alongside the photographic missions, scholarly work is also undertaken, such as the creation of a Register of Greek Scribes of the seventeenth-eighteenth centuries, the maintenance of a specialized palaeography library, the organization of palaeography seminars and participation in scientific programmes.
The Historical and Palaeographical Archive also possesses a collection of 100 manuscripts, a rich collection of old Greek and foreign printed works, as well as a fully equipped photographic laboratory.
The Foundation publishes a special bulletin to present its work to the scientific public, in which the collections of microfilm copies of manuscripts and archives are listed, and detailed descriptions of manuscripts and records, palaeographical studies and publications of texts are given. Researchers have the opportunity to use the microfilms in the Archive Reading Room and to obtain copies.
Head of the Historical and Palaeographical Archive Agamemnon Tselikas
Historical and Palaeographical Archive Bulletin