The purpose of the research project is to create a digitized private Onassis Business Maritime Archive as well as publishing a two-part volume on Onassis Business History, based on the Onassis Archive material.
Professor Gelina Harlaftis
Funded by: Onassis Foundation
Research team ΙΜS/FORTH
Ph.D. and graduate students
The shipowning group that Aristotle Onassis created during the interwar period, determined the path of Greek and global shipping in the 20th century which today forms the largest shipping fleet of the world. It is rather impressive that despite the global reach of Aristotle Onassis, there is not one extensive study of his business edifice based on archival materials and not one to analyze the scope and impact of his entrepreneurial activity in Greece or abroad, either of his shipping business, or of Olympic Airways. In this way, the aim of this research project is twofold:
a) the creation of the Onassis Archive. The creation of a private business archive is a pioneering action within the Greek shipping milieu. The Onassis Foundation has gathered the business archives of Aristoteles Onassis from Montevideo, New York, Geneva, Monte Carlo and Piraeus. The research group has undertaken to classify, register and digitize the archives.
b) the writing of a two-volume study titled Onassis Business History, which will provide an overall economic history of Onassis' business documented by the Onassis Archive.