Series P0174/B - Personal Life

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Personal Life

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  • 1902 - 1999 (Creation)
    Diniacopoulos, Olga
  • 1902 - 1999 (Creation)
    Diniacopoulos, Vincent

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0.29 m of textual records
ca. 2663 photographs and other graphic materials
4 objects

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Hélène Olga Nicolas-Diniacopoulos was born in Cairo 1906. Olga seems to have been part of the Egyptian Greek community, and apparently had a French father (surname Nicolas). It is reasonably certain that her mother, Anastasie, had a Greek-Egyptian father (surname Avierino or Avierinos) and an Egyptian mother (surname Selim). She died in Montreal in 2000.

She met Vincent Diniacopoulos and were married in the mid- to late-1920s. They then moved to France. The Diniacopoulos family had a gallery that sold antiquities in Paris. The date of opening of the gallery is unknown, but it seems to have closed before they immigrated to Montreal in 1951. After Olga, Vincent and their son Denis moved to Montreal, they opened the Ars Classica gallery. It was active in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Vikentios “Vincent” Diniacopoulos was born in 1886 in Constantinople, Turkey. He died in Montreal in 1967. Vincent’s ethnic background was Greek, and he had French nationality. He studied at a Catholic college and then worked for an antiquarian in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, probably until the Turkish Revolution that took place prior to World War I. He probably immigrated to Egypt around that time.
He met Hélène Olga Nicolas. They got married in the mid- to late-1920s and moved to France after. Vincent did active work during the World War II. The Diniacopoulos family had a gallery that sold antiquities in Paris. The date of opening of the gallery is unknown, but it seems to have closed before they immigrated to Montreal in 1951.
After Olga, Vincent and their son Denis moved to Montreal, they opened the Ars Classica gallery. It was active in the 1950s and 1960s.

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This series is about the personal lives of Vincent and Olga Diniacopoulos.

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  • English
  • French
  • German

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List of subseries and files:
P0174/B1 Identity documents
0001 Olga Diniacopoulos
0002 Vincent Diniacopoulos
P0174/B2 World War II
0001 Dossier militaire (Military File)
0002 Autorisations et laissez-passer (Authorizations and Pass)
0003 Reconnaissance
P0174/B3 Personal matters
0001 Études d’Olga Diniacopoulos (Olga Diniacopoulos's Studies)
0002 Écrits d’Olga Diniacopoulos (Olga Diniacopoulos's Writing)
0003 Écrits de Vincent Diniacopoulos (Vincent Diniacopoulos's Writing)
0004 Citoyenneté Olga et Vincent (Citizenship)
0005 Immigration Famille Nicolas
0006 Budget/Finances
0007 Membership
0008 Documents de voyage (Travel Documents)
0009 Old Age Security Pension
0010 Décès de la mère de Vincent Diniacopoulos (Vincent Diniacopoulos's Mother Death)
0011 Décès Anastasie Nicolas (Anastasie Nicolas Death)
0012 Carnets et notes (Notes and Notebooks)
0013 Souvenirs d’Olga (Olga's Memories)
0014 Plan de maison (House Plan
P0174/B4 La Ciotat
0001 Documents d’achat (Buying Records)
0002 Documents d’assurances (Insurance Records)
0003 Dépenses courantes (Expenses)
0004 Correspondance 1932
0005 Correspondance 1933
0006 Correspondance 1934
0007 Correspondance 1935
0008 Correspondance 1936
0009 Correspondance 1937
0010 Correspondance 1956
0011 Correspondance 1962
0012 Correspondance 1963
0013 Correspondance 1964
0014 Correspondance 1965
0015 Correspondance 1966
0016 Correspondance 1967
0017 Correspondance 1968
0018 Correspondance 1969
0019 Correspondance 1970
0020 Correspondance 1971
0021 Correspondance 1973
0022 Correspondance non-datée (Undated Correspondence)
0023 Brouillons de lettres (Letters' Drafts)
P0174/B5 Photographs and other graphic materials
0001 Photos d’identité d’Olga (Olga's ID Photos)
0002 Photos d’identité de Vincent (Vincent's ID Photos)
0003 Portraits variés (Various Portraits)
0004 Portraits plein-pied (individus non-identifiés) (Unidentified Full-Figure Portraits)
0005 Grands formats (groupes et individus) 2 folders (Big formats)
0006 Photographies anciennes (Old Photos)
0007 Monuments de la Grèce (Greece Monuments)
0008 Famille Olga Nicolas (Olga Nicolas's Family)
0009 Voyage Égypte/Moyen-Orient (Egypt/Middle East Trip)
0010 Voyage à Québec (chûtes Montmorency) (Quebec Trip)
0011 Voyage dans les Maritimes (Atlantic Provinces Trip)
0012 Séjour région Méditerranée (Time in the Mediterranean Region)
0013 Traversée maritime (Crossing of the Ocean)
0014 Parties de pêche à St-Michel (Fishing in St-Michel)
0015 Journée sur un plan d’eau (1) (Day on the Water)
0016 Journée sur un plan d’eau (2) (Day on the Water)
0017 Journée sur un plan d’eau (3) (Day on the Water)
0018 Journée sur un plan d’eau (4) (Day on the Water)
0019 Journée sur un plan d’eau (5) (Day on the Water)
0020 Journée sur un plan d’eau (6) (Day on the Water)
0021 Journée sur un plan d’eau (7) (Day on the Water)
0022 Promenade Olga, Vincent et prêtre (Olga, Vincent and Priest's Walk)
0023 Excursion Olga et prêtre (Olga and Priest's Walk)
0024 Excursion Olga, Denis et vieil homme (Olga, Denis and Old Man's Walk)
0025 Mariages (Weddings)
0026 Funérailles (Funerals)
0027 Après-midi entre amis (Afternoon with Friends)
0028 Souper de groupe (format endenté) (Group Supper)
0029 Soupers et soirées entre amis (Suppers and Evenings with Friends)
0030 Déménagement (Moving)
0031 Fête en plein air (Outside Party)
0032 Sortie du collège (Out of College)
0033 Groupe de femmes (Women's Group)
0034 Photos de groupe “Shipshaw” (Shipshaw's Group)
0035 Antiquités Crescent
0036 Albums existants (1) (Existing Album)
0037 Albums existants (2) (Existing Album)
0038 Albums existants (3) (Existing Album)
0039 Albums existants (4) (Existing Album)
0040 Albums existants (5) (Existing Album)
0041 Albums existants (6) (Existing Album)
0042 Albums existants (7) (Existing Album)
0043 Regroupements pré-existants (1) (Existing Regroupment)
0044 Regroupements pré-existants (2) (Existing Regroupment)
0045 Regroupements pré-existants (3) (Existing Regroupment)
0046 Regroupements pré-existants (4) (Existing Regroupment)
0047 Regroupements pré-existants (5) (Existing Regroupment)
0048 Regroupements pré-existants (6) (Existing Regroupment)
0049 Photos en nature (Nature Photographs)
0050 Photos variées famille et amis (Family and Friends Various Photographs)
0051 Photos variées n&b (Various b&w Photographs)
0052 Photos variées coul. (Various col. Photographs)
0053 Deuxième Guerre mondiale (World War II)
0054 Navires (Ships)
0055 Négatifs (Negatives)
0056 Diapositives (Slides)
0057 Cartes postales La Ciotat (France)
0058 Cartes postales France (lieux variés)
0059 Cartes postales Italie
0060 Cartes postales Baghdad
0061 Cartes postales Moyen-Orient
0062 Cartes postales Province de Québec
0063 Cartes postales New York
0064 Cartes postales Collection PLM
0065 Cartes postales Musée du Louvre
0066 Cartes postales Musée Benaki (Athènes)
0067 Cartes postales Iraq Museum
0068 Cartes postales Metropolitain Museum of Art
0069 Cartes postales Brooklyn Museum
0070 Cartes postales Victoria and Albert Museum
0071 Cartes postales Canadian School
0072 Cartes postales Oeuvres variées
0073 Cartes postales Amérindiens
0074 Cartes postales Avions
0075 Cartes postales Bateaux
0076 Cartes postales Individus
0077 Cartes postales à messages
0078 Cartes de souhaits (Wishing Cards)
0079 Timbres (Stamps)

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