NBG Historical Archive

The NBG's Historical Archive is an important centre of documentation with regard to the economic, political, cultural and social history of the country. Operating as an independent NBG unit reporting directly to Management, the Historical Archive is housed in the Diomidis Building, at 146 Tritis Septemvriou Street in Athens.

The archive material is particularly significant from a historical point of view, as it covers the period from 1841 to 1966, consisting of the records of NBG as well as of other legal entities and individuals (whether original records or copies of them) that have come into its possession.

The NBG Historical Archive’s mission is to identify, collect, safeguard, process and exhibit all the documents relating to the establishment, operation and growth of NBG, as well as the role it has played since its establishment to the present day in the economic, social and cultural life of Greece.

In accordance with this mission, the Historical Archive is the trustee of the Bank’s archival documents and collections (with the exception of the Bank’s art collection), which constitute today one of the richest sources of information for the history of the modern Greek state. 

The Historical Archive’s work is aimed at three groups of the community:

The academic/scientific community

The resources contained in the Historical Archive have been processed and stored using state-of-the-art archival and reproduction technologies. This material is today easily accessible to the scientific community in a variety of formats, including digital.


School/university students

Since 2005, the Historical Archive has systematically aspired to bring students of primary and secondary schools and universities in touch with primary information sources, so that young people can learn about the Archive’s ability to generate and unravel information of many kinds, and be able to judge critically the authenticity of the information that reaches them.

The public

The NBG Historical Archive aims at giving the public the chance to get to know the archival material and other collections that can be visited and studied.

Accordingly, the Historical Archive undertakes a variety of initiatives and actions including:

  • Exhibitions (permanent and temporary)



  •  Publications



  • Conferences and Colloquiums
  • Cultural Activities (including participation in the International Museum Day)

  • Research Programmes 
  •  Educational and Training Programmes

  • Provision of Know-how and Technical Expertise

Last, since the early 1990s the Historical Archive has been a member of the European Association of Banking History (EABH) and is co-founder of the Institute of Corporate Culture Affairs (ICCA), established in 2004 by both NBG and Deutsche Bank.


The NBG Historical Archive is also a member of the International Council on Archives (ICA) ,of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)and of the Network of Museums and Cultural Institutions of the Athens Historical Centre.



NBG Historical Archive
Megaro Diomidi
Tritis Septemvriou 146, 112 51
Tel.:  210 8807804
Fax: 210-8807787
E-mail: ha-nbg@ethnodata.gr


Opening hours

Reception and reading room:

Monday to Friday 09:00-14:00


Archive material delivered to readers:

Monday to Friday 09:00-12:30


Exhibition opening times for the public

Monday, Tuesday  10:00-13:00
Wednesday, Thursday 17:00-20:00


Actions of the NBG Historical Archive