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Andrew T. Kopan papers

Identifier: MSS0083

Scope and Contents

The Andrew T. Kopan collection contains his personal papers, correspondence, and research files. Series One begins with biographical information about Andrew Kopan. This includes the Kopan family history as well as newspaper clippings about Kopan spanning the dates 1950-1998. Dr. Kopan’s documentation for promotion written in 1977 for his tenure application includes information on his teaching, publications, activities, recognition, and community involvement. Series Two contains papers that Kopan collected because of his involvement with the organization or institution he served or because the materials related to his research interests. The types of materials Kopan collected include mailings from organizations, brochures and flyers, meeting minutes, conference publications and ephemera, articles and newspaper clippings, and parish bulletins and church service programs.


  • 1940-2006


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Andrew T. Kopan was born in 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Katherine and Tom Kopan (in Greek, Kopanitsanos). He was educated at Oglesby Elementary School and Calumet High School. During World War II, Andrew Kopan served with the Coast Guard in the South Pacific. After the war, he attended DePaul University and received his Bachelors degree in History in 1949. Kopan then went on to Northwestern University to obtain his Masters degree in History. In 1953, Kopan traveled to Greece to study as a Fulbright Scholar. After he returned, he began serving as the principal of the Koraes Parochial School at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish. In 1962, Kopan married Alice Orphanos. In 1964, he left Koraes and began teaching at DePaul University while attending the University of Chicago’s doctoral program. He received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education in 1974 with his dissertation Education and Greek Immigrants in Chicago, 1892-1973: A Study in Ethnic Chicago.

Kopan was a respected teacher at DePaul. He was a prolific author and wrote numerous articles and books, including an article in Ethnic Chicago and books entitled Rethinking Urban Education and Rethinking Educational Equality. When he retired from the University in 1994, he received the Via Sapientiae Award, which is the University’s highest honor.

Throughout his life, Dr. Kopan was very dedicated to the Greek Orthodox Church. He was one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) during the 1940’s, and he remained dedicated to the Church and its causes. He was also very active and influential in the Greek-American community of Chicago, and to an extent, the Greek-American community of the United States. He helped plan a national symposium on the Greek Experience that was held in Chicago in celebration of the American bicentennial, and he hosted Greek Heritage Week at DePaul University each year from 1980-1988. He served as the Director of Ethnic Liaison for the United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC), and wrote numerous articles dealing with Greek-American issues.

Dr. Kopan passed away on July 1st, 2006 at the age of 82.


51 Linear Feet (51 boxes)

Language of Materials


Greek, Modern (1453-)


This collection is separated into two series. Series 1: Biographical Information; Series 2: Research and Subject Files. Each series contains multiple subseries, see individual series-level descriptions for arrangement details.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Andrew Kopan, Accession 1994.22; 1997.14; 1997.26; 1997.32; 1998.42; 1998.43; 2000.17; 2001.61; 2002.07; 2005.14; Donated by Alice Kopan, Accession 2008.17

Related Materials

Greek Orthodox Youth of America collection; Orthodox Christian Laity records

Processing Information

1994-2002; L. Jansen 2003; K. Helt 2006; E. Boden 2007

Guide to Andrew T. Kopan papers
1994-2002; L. Jansen 2003; K. Helt 2006; E. Boden 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614