Friday, 1 February 2008

Great Sources Unused in Cypriot Historiography

A Great Resource that is untapped in terms of Greek and especially Cypriot Historiography is the Ionian Bank Archives held at my university, the LSE. The resource has been fully digitised for all archives form 1839 to 1918 - substantial collections exist for Cyprus form the period 1925 onwards. I was surprised to learn that the first branch opened in Nicosia in 1926 opposite the hotel Cleopatra near Leoforos Makariou; in fact the old "Tsiaousis Store" in Phaneromeni was the Ionian Bank new offices built in 1935: notice the pun by the architect of placing Ionian type facade to the Ionian bank.

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