The Onassis Foundation has digitised more than 2,000 personal items of poet Constantine Cavafy, including manuscripts, photographs and diaries, and is soon launching an art space in central Athens that will house the Alexandrian poet's physical library and archive.
The Cavafy archive came to the Foundation's permanent ownership in 2012, thus ensuring the protection of the poet's material and making it available anew to researchers as well as the public, having been freshly re-documented and digitized in both Greek and English.
The digital reproduction of the original archival material was completed in 2017 after 11,086 scans, the same year as when 158 microfilms were also digitized, which include some 4,741 scans of the process of photographing the Cavafy archive by Greek literary scholar George P. Savvidis in 1963.
The new archive will provide full online access to all digitized material in accordance with international law, while the documentation of the archive allows for the best possible navigation using the latest technologies.
"We have been investing material and intellectual resources for a long time in presenting the archive itself, in facilities for culture and education that everyone will have free access to," said Onassis Cultural Foundation president Antonis Papadimitriou. He said the Foundation envisions an art complex in the centre of Athens that will include Cavafy Archives, exhibits of art by great artists, the Onassis Library and the Onassis AiR, a residential artist programme.
For more information visit https://www.onassis.org/initiatives/cavafy-archive