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Athens Sister City collection

Collection number: MSS-020

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to the sister-city relationship between Athens, Georgia, and Athens, Greece. The objects and photograph are related to Evangelos C. Terzopoulos' visit to Athens and Atlanta, March 23-27, 1955. Other items are from Jack R. Wells' and Tony Galis' trip to Greece in July 1956 as part of a group of U.S. mayors on a goodwill tour of the country.

Gold coins and non-described carving are missing from the collection.


  • 2600 B.C. - 1996 A.D.

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Access to skyphos and coins restricted because of fragility. The rest of the collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

Biographical / Historical

Evangelos C. Terzopoulos was an artist, writer, and photographer. In addition, he was also the editor of Greece’s first women’s magazine. He visited the United States in the spring of 1955 as part of the U.S. State Department’s international educational exchange program. Besides visiting Athens, Georgia, Terzopoulos visited New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Chicago, Illinois.

Terzopoulos visited Athens and Atlanta, Georgia, March 23-27, 1955. At ceremonies on the first day, March 23, Terzopoulos presented the city of Athens with a skyphos circa 2,600 B.C. (a clay drinking cup; created using a low-fire glazing process), shards related to the skyphos, and a gold coin. He was made a citizen of Athens, Georgia, and honorary mayor. Over the next few days, he toured Athens and the University of Georgia, presented the Athens Regional Library with the book Eternal Greece, and traveled with Mayor Wells to Atlanta to meet the governor, Marvin Griffin, and Atlanta Mayor William Hartsfield.

Upon his return to Greece, Terzopoulos reported on his trip via his magazine, radio, and other media outlets. The people of Greece sent invitations to towns in the United States that shared Greek city names, and in the summer of 1956, Athens mayor Jack R. Wells led a group of thirty-eight U.S. mayors and their families on a good-will tour of Greece. In addition to Wells, Tony Galis, his wife, and son Costas also represented Athens, Georgia on the trip.

The Athens Banner-Herald ran several stories related to the trip, including one on local silversmith, Ann Orr, who created a bowl to be presented to Queen Frederika of Greece. The people of Athens also raised money to buy a station wagon to be presented to the queen to assist in orphanage work. Other Athens businesses and individuals contributed materials to be given as gifts to the people of Athens, including the Thomas Textile Co. that sent a donation of clothing to one of the orphanages.

The skyphos was installed at the Athens-Clarke County Library in 1957 and remained there until the move to Baxter Street. A second gold coin was added to the collection in 1996, when a reception commemorating the first visit with the then mayor of Athens, Greece was held as part of the Spirit of Athens celebration.


1.88 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


Materials related to the sister-city relationship between Athens, Georgia and Athens, Greece.


The collection is arranged in one series.

Related Materials

The Athens Regional Library System records, MSS 005, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library.

Contains newspaper clippings and photographs related to Terzopoulos' 1955 visit as well as materials for the 1996 visit of the Mayor of Athens, Greece, and Spirit of Athens celebration. Materials are primarily located in the larger photograph groups and the Events, programs, and services organizational records, specifically Box 3, Folders 36-37.


“Local Exhibits For Greece Growing Daily.” Athens Banner-Herald. 6 July 1956. Front page.
Asher, Gene. “Athenian Creates Bowl For Queen.” Athens Banner-Herald. 15 July 1956. Front page.
“Mayor Wells on CBS-TV.” Athens Banner-Herald. 20 July 1956. Front page.
Asher, Gene. “Wells Enthusiastic Over Greek Trip.” Athens Banner-Herald. 12 August 1956. Front page, p. 11.

Special Format

Pottery, dirt, wood, gold, photographs

Physical Description


Athens Sister City collection MSS 020
Jennifer Sirotkin
April 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • June 2016: Unknown edits

Repository Details

Part of the Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library Repository

2025 Baxter Street
Athens GA 30606