The 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.

The 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.

5th issue. Special: "Photography"

When addressing the tradition of photographers in Magnesia, most people immediately recall, and not accidentally so, the figures of Stefanos Stournaras, Kostas Zimeris, Dimitris Letsios, and from the more recent personalities in the field, that of Michalis Pornalis. The tradition of the area in photography, however, cannot be exhausted as a topic only by merely mentioning these most important, of great achievement, and country-wide fame personalities.

The first photographic accounts of the area derive from photographers escorting travelers and date from the middle of the 19th century, only a few years after the invention of photography, while in 1865 the first photographic studio was founded in Volos. From that time on, and until our days, Volos and its environs have produced an important number of photographers, who in turn promoted the area throughout the country, especially through the postcards they issued.

That the history of the area in photography is at the same time rich and unknown to the public goes without saying, and that was the reason for the tribute of the 5th en Volo issue. The above effort was greatly supported by the collection of Stavros Mpatoudakis, on which, as well as on his personal research, a substantial part of the tribute is based. Also, the tribute includes documents regarding the first photographers in Thessaly, photographic groups, photography in archaeology, the contribution of Kitsos Makris as photographer, and portraits of important photographers of the previous century.

Also included in this issue are the usual columns addressing the arts -literature and cinema-, important personalities -Achilleas Adamantiadis and Basilis Mitsakis-, suggestions, -music and cinema-, and the calendar of events -events carried out in the past three months or scheduled for the next trimester-.

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