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Griffith Family Papers

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

The Griffith family were Quakers involved in the textile industry in the area of Winchester, Virginia before the Civil War. Aaron H. Griffith was the son of John Griffith of Frederick County; he married Mary P. Hollingsworth in 1830, and they had seven children who survived to adulthood. Aaron H. Griffith was active in the Orthodox branch of Hopewell Monthly Meeting and was an Elder and Clerk of that Meeting.

The collection includes family correspondence and miscellaneous manuscripts of the Griffith family, as assembled by Sylvia Dannett who was writing a novel about Aaron H. Griffith's daughter, Harriet Griffith Ellis. Of particular interest are the letters and journal of the latter while she was attending Westtown School in the mid-1850's. Also includes some typescript copies of the same.

The collection is divided into six series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Financial and legal
  4. Poetry and writing
  5. Diaries
  6. Manuscript

  1. Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934 (Ref. BX 7649.H75 1936)

Donor: Sylvia Dannett, 1973

The collection includes family correspondence and miscellaneous manuscripts of the Griffith family, as assembled by Sylvia Dannett who was writing a novel about Aaron H. Griffith's daughter, Harriet Griffith Ellis.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
1973
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.

Collection Inventory

Archival Resource Key. Griffith pedigree, n.d.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous genealogical information, n.d.
Box 1

Archival Resource Key. Aaron H. Griffith (1802-1877), 1831-1877.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Elizabeth Griffith Baily (1831-1913), 1838-1890, n.d.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Joseph Clarkson (1835-?) and Mary Dilks Griffith, 1857-1875, n.d.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Harriet Griffith Ellis (1837-), 1850-1866.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Aaron Henry Griffith (1841-), 1860-1862, n.d.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Isaac H. Griffith, 1838-1865.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Monthly Meetings, especially Hopewell Monthly Meeting, 1836-1866, n.d.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1834-1870, n.d.
Box 1

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous papers, 1754-1862, n.d.
Box 1

Archival Resource Key. Harriet H. Griffith, Commonplace book, 1854.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Richard E. Griffith, Book of school dictations, 1861.
Box 1

Archival Resource Key. Harriet Griffith, diaries, 1854-1855.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Written while at Westtown School.

Physical Description

original ms. typed copies

Archival Resource Key. Manuscript novel based on the life and diaries of Harriet Griffith, by Sylvia Dannett. RESTRICTED , [1959].
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes chapters 1-6. All restricted: May be consulted for research purposes only.

Physical Description

2 folders

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence of Sylvia Dannett concerning the Griffith family and her novel, 1957-1976, n.d.
Box 1

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