Municipal Center for History possesses today a rich archive
that consists of the Volos Municipality archive (1883-1982),
46 private archives concerning directly or indirectly the
city and its greater area, archives of old industrial enterprises,
as well as important material of building plans, maps, aerial
photos, transparencies and photos.
library of Volos's Municipal Center for History and Documentation
started operating in 1992, its aim being the collection,
administration, utilization and promotion of any kind or
form of printed documents.
Winter 2001: en Volo completes its first year of publication
with an issue dedicated to the Fine Arts and the city. During
the research on this subject, the texts and the information
gathered were more than anticipated and as a result, the
extent of the coverage is as long as the issue itself, yet
without covering the topic in full.
Eventually, it can be assumed that issue attempts an approach
to the subject throughout the ages from the tombs of ancient
Demetriada and the folk painters in the region, to the 20th
century with two main texts that cover it's whole length,
with certain monographs on artists, an index of the artists-creators,
reference to the most important contributors and institutions
of cultural and artistic activity, and the 2002 calendar
with works from the Municipal Collection of art Artifacts
and from the collection donated to the Municipality of Volos
by Al. K. Damtsas.
There is still a lot more to be studied and presented in
relation to the topic "Volos and the Fine Arts".
Thus, the research has to go on, to be completed with data
from more archives and activities of other organisations
of the past and of the present as well.
At the beginning of the 20th century the city witnessed
a "golden era" like no other provincial city,
in the field of Fine Arts. As the facts reveal, the same
century has ended with a remarkable, yet different, activity
that was, however, imposed from above than I of a spontaneous
and private nature.
The times of culmination and abatement in artistic life
that the city has witnessed remain a probably unique phenomenon
to be further researched. The glorious past, the times of
crisis, the the recent activity but mainly the promising
future that opens up for the field of Fine Arts calls for
a suitable study, research and reinforcement.