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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GREEK RELIEF FUND: (Modern Greek Archive)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
15 boxes


Name of creator(s)

League for Democracy in Greece, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Relief Committee, Greek Relief Fund, Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Administrative / Biographical history

The League for Democracy in Greece was a political pressure group founded in 1945 whose aims included the provision of relief to Greeks who suffered for their left-wing beliefs and activities, to their dependants, and to the dependants of Greeks who died fighting for democracy. These relief functions were initially exercised by a sub-committee of the League, but when it was realised that charitable status would encourage broader support of the Fund's humanitarian objectives the committee was succeeded in 1968 by the Greek Relief Fund, which assisted political prisoners and their families, and former prisoners. The charity had premises at Goodge Street, London. The Fund was wound up in 1984.

Archival history

The papers are the organisational archives of the League for Democracy in Greece Relief Committee and the Greek Relief Fund.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The papers were sorted by Marion Sarafis and deposited in King's College London Archives by A Christopher Lake and Diana Pym (chairman and secretary of the Fund) in 1985. A second deposit was made by Diana Pym in 1991.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records, 1947-1984, of the League for Democracy in Greece Relief Committee and its successor the Greek Relief Fund, including minutes; administrative, legal and financial material; correspondence with donors and with organisations including branches of the Red Cross, relief funds, and pro-Greek democracy organisations in various overseas countries; material relating to appeals for funds for relief work; press cuttings on the visit of Queen Frederika of Greece to Britain, 1963; papers relating to visits to Greece and to conferences on Greece, including a draft paper, 1979, by Diana Pym on 'The British Philhellenic Movement, 1944-1974'; correspondence concerning the archives of the League for Democracy in Greece; and winding up of the Greek Relief Fund, 1984. The bulk of the material pertains to recipients of aid, including correspondence, and the papers are relevant to the resistance activities and prison records of individual Greeks opposed to the regime in Greece.

System of arrangement

Correspondence with recipients of aid is largely arranged alphabetically.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

English, Greek

Finding aids

List available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds records of the League for Democracy in Greece and associated bodies, 1935-1992.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Diana Pym and Marion Sarafis, 'The League for Democracy in Greece and its Archives' (typescript available in reading room at King's College London Archives); King's College London Archives, MGA/GRF17.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2001

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  • Associations
  • Charitable organisations
  • Charities
  • Democracy
  • Disadvantaged groups
  • Finance
  • Financial administration
  • Foreign relations
  • International relations
  • Liberation movements
  • Newspaper press
  • Oppression
  • Organizations
  • Political movements
  • Political systems
  • Press
  • Press cuttings
  • Prisoners
  • Resistance to oppression

Personal names

  • Frederika, 1917-1975, Queen Consort of Paul I, King of Greece
  • Pym, Diana, fl 1944-1991, Philhellenist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • League for Democracy in Greece, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Relief Committee
  • Red Cross


  • Greece

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