Modern Greek Studies Association

Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection

California State University, Sacramento
History and Description

Comprising the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, this Collection of some 70,000 volumes was donated to Sacramento State as the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection in December 2002. The Vryonis Center was initially established in Los Angeles in 1985 by Dr. Speros Vryonis, Jr., a scholar of Byzantium and Ottoman Studies, in memory of his late son Speros Basil. This early collection formed the core of the Vryonis Center Collection that would in 1989 come to reside in Rancho Cordova, California. There the Collection was further enhanced under successive directors until its transfer to Sacramento State.

For more information, see "The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection at California State University, Sacramento: A Beacon of Hellenism in the Western United States," Journal of Modern Greek Studies 26:1 (2008) 19-27 (requires access to Project Muse to view on-line).


An extensive collection of Byzantine and modern Greek history and literature found in only a few American universities, including signed editions.

Significant Greek and American government documents:

George I. Paganelis
Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection
University Library
California State University, Sacramento
2000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6039

☎ 916 278 4361

Fax: 916 2785917


Collection home page

Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Library Research Grant

Access restrictions/conditions

With the exception of the rare and media materials, the Collection is housed in a separate, named area on the third floor of the University Library and is accessible the same hours as the main library building. Rare and archival materials are located in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Media materials are available at the main desk.