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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

Our Year-End Journal is Available Now

Dec 15th, 2017

Dear Friends of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, As you will read in this exciting end-of- year progress report, SPOHP has reached more students, scholars, and members of the… Read More

SPOHP Open House Scheduled for Sept. 29

Sep 13th, 2017

September 29th from noon to 2 PM, SPOHP is hosting an Open House in the SPOHP office to welcome students and faculty alike to get acquainted with our program, staff and dozens of exciting on… Read More

MCDA’s Anti-Racism Education Week

Sep 5th, 2017

MCDA is proud to present: Anti-Racism Education Week. Come join us as we engage in an event series on anti-racism education, self-care, and education on the first amendment. This is… 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

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.




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