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Cyprus and Greek Cypriot Collections at the Library of Congress


The Manuscript Division holds approximately sixty million items in eleven thousand separate collections, including some of the greatest manuscript treasures of European history and culture, supporting scholarly research in many aspects of political, cultural, and scientific history.

The Library limits its collection of manuscripts to those that have an American connection. Therefore, its papers relating to Cyprus are mainly those of American statesmen or travelers. The papers of Clark Clifford, foreign secretary in the Carter administration, are noteworthy for scholarship on the early decades of Cypriot independence. The Lawrence Spivak papers are also interesting for similar reasons. Head of "Meet the Press," Mr. Spivak interviewed the Cypriot head of state, Archbishop Makarios, in 1974 in the aftermath of the Turkish invasion of Northern Cyprus. The personal papers of President Woodrow Wilson also make reference to Cyprus at the conclusion of World War I and Britain's colonization of the island. These materials, linked below, can be consulted in the Manuscript Division Reading Room.

About the Manuscript Reading Room

The Library's Manuscript Reading Room provides access to archival materials on and about Cyprus, including primary sources from cultural figures, authors, and politicians. Finding aids describe manuscript collections and can be particularly useful when assessing the full contents of a manuscript collection. Locate additional manuscript materials from or about Cyprus by searching Library of Congress Finding Aids by using keywords like "Cyprus" or "Cypriot".