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Gust P. Rakus Hellenic Studies collection, 1935-2003

Overview of the Collection

Rakus, Gust P., 1916-2003
Gust P. Rakus Hellenic Studies collection
1935-2003 (inclusive)
4.16 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number
5543 (Accession No. 5543-001)
Collection of Gust P. Rakus, primarily composed of AHEPA materials and family papers
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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The photograph in box 5 is tightly rolled and cannot be viewed unless treated by conservation staff.


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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gust Rakus (1916- 2003) was a Greek immigrant who came to the Pacific Northwest in 1933. He collected books, photographs, newsletters, and memorabilia of Greek Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Rakus graduated from the University of Washington in 1940 and began a career as an educator and foreign language teacher that spanned more than thirty years. He was active in the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and the Greek Orthodox parish of Saint Demetrios.

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The bulk of the materials relate to the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) at national, district, chapter, and individual levels. The AHEPA National materials include reports, handbooks, minutes, programs, and promotional materials. AHEPA Firwood District #22 materials include bylaws, convention minutes and reports, convention programs, convention yearbooks, photographs, and other items. A small amount of material pertains directly to the AHEPA-Juan de Fuca Chapter #177 and also to the AHEPA-Gladstone Chapter. This collection also includes some AHEPA-related material derived from the papers of Nicolas Carras, Peter Conom, Gust Rakus, and Thomas Rakus; however, personal and family papers for Gust and Thomas Rakus are represented as well. Finally, the collection contains one folder of items relating to the establishment of the Hellenic Studies program at the University of Washington.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Container(s) Description Dates
1 AHEPA - National
Includes budgets, conference programs, handbooks (including" Secret Ritual Handbooks" from 1930 and 1960), newsletters, and other materials.
1940-2002, undated
1 AHEPA - Firwood District #22 - bylaws, budgets, conference files
2 AHEPA - Firwood District #22 - Convention Minutes/Reports 1952-2002
2 AHEPA - Firwood District #22 - Convention Programs 1948-1986
3 AHEPA - Firwood District #22 - Convention Programs 1987-2002
3 AHEPA - Firwood District #22 - Convention Yearbooks 1962-1987
4 AHEPA - Firwood District #22
Includes Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles, and Maids of Athens materials, including photographs, and other local AHEPA photographs.
circa 1935-1997
4 AHEPA - Juan de Fuca Chapter
Includes newsletters, programs for "Installation of Officers" ceremonies, invitations, and pamphlets.
4 AHEPA - Gladstone Chapter - pamphlet
4 AHEPA - Nicholas Carras - photographs, clippings and documents
4 AHEPA - Peter Conom - Correspondence 1963-1972
4 AHEPA - Peter Conom - Clippings 1954-1968
4 AHEPA - Peter Conom - Papers 1959-1972
4 AHEPA - Gust P. Rakus - Certificates of Merit 1967-2000
4 AHEPA - Gust P. Rakus - Correspondence, Outgoing 1969-1991
4 AHEPA - Gust P. Rakus - Correspondence, Incoming 1975-2000
4 AHEPA - Gust P. Rakus - Correspondence, Circulated 1956-2002
4 AHEPA - Gust P. Rakus - Writings 1977-1984, undated
4 AHEPA - Gust P. Rakus - Clippings, newsletters, and miscellaneous
4 AHEPA - Gust P. Rakus -The Order of AHEPA, 1922-1972
Inscribed to Gust P. Rakus by his son, Thomas Rakus
April 23, 1976
4 AHEPA - Thomas Rakus - Correspondence 1997-2002
4 AHEPA - Thomas Rakus -Greek Americans: Struggle and Success
Inscribed to Tom Rakus from author, Charles C. Moskos
May 1999
4 Rakus Family - Personal Papers 1977-1984, undated
4 Rakus Family - Farm Photographs undated
4 Rakus Family Photographs undated
4 Hellenic Studies Program at the University of Washington
5 AHEPA - Oversize rolled photograph undated
5 AHEPA - Plaque presented to the Daughters of Penelope by CARE May 1986
5 AHEPA - artifacts: buttons, nametags, crafts