Ottoman Greeks of the United States (OGUS)

The Ottoman Greeks of the United States project (OGUS) is a multifaceted endeavor to preserve and promote the history of immigrants from the Ottoman Empire to the United States. The OGUS project focuses on the chronological period of 1904 – 1924 in order to illuminate the peak in immigration from specific regions of the Ottoman Empire to the United States during that time. Those regions were Asia Minor, Eastern Thrace, Imbros, Tenedos, the Marmara and Princes’ Islands.


 

Archival Collections

There are four archival components that are all currently held by the project’s founder, George Topalidis. The first archival component is an oral history archive that currently contains over 100 interviews. Next is a photograph archive that currently contains over 500 photographs. Furthermore, the project contains a three-dimensional object digital archive with over 50 objects. And finally, the document archive contains over 250 documents. This information will be used to generate academic publications and presentations, social media publications and presentations, blog articles, op-eds, podcasts, documentaries.

Ongoing Research

The following are the visits we have planned for interviews in 2017 – 2018 academic year.

December 2017 – Southern Florida

May 2017 – Oregon and Washington

 

Ottoman Greeks of the United States Events and Research News

Spring 2017 Internship Class Podcasts: Civic Engagement

Spring 2017 Internship Class Podcasts: Civic Engagement

May 10th, 2017

With the help of coordinators Raja Rahim and Ryan Thompson, the Spring 2017 interns produced podcasts about Civic Engagement at the University of Florida. University of Florida Digital Collections Archive… Read More

Fall 2017 Internship Applications Are Now Available

Apr 3rd, 2017

The Fall 2017 Internship Application is now open!  SPOHP’s semester-long academic internship is available to graduate and undergraduate students for credit as an introduction to the field of oral history. The… Read More

Ottoman Greeks of the United States (OGUS): The Acropolis and the Madonna – A Case Study of Refugee Deportation from the United States

Jan 13th, 2017

http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/AA/00/05/31/10/00001/The%20Acropolis%20and%20the%20Madonna-%20A%20Case%20Study%20of%20Refugee%20Deportation%20from%20the%20United%20States.mp3       This is our first podcast in the Ottoman Greeks of the United States (1904-1924) podcast series. It tells the story of the S.S. Acropolis, a ship… Read More

Contact the Ottoman Greeks of the United States Project

  • George Topalidis

If you or anyone you know would like to be interviewed, please contact OGUS coordinators at ogus0424@gmail.com.

 

For more information on the Otttoman Greeks in the United States project, visit its facebook page here or contact coordinator George Topalidis. Above photo from NYC Public Library, Ethnikos Kēryx, “Oi Ellēnes tēs Amerikēs Enischyontes to Ethnikon Komma,” October 17, 1916.