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Griffith Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-052

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1754-1890

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Manuscript novel by Sylvia Dannett, based on the life of Harriet Griffith Ellis, may be consulted for research purposes only.

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

The Griffith family were Quakers involved in the textile industry in the area of Winchester, Virginia before the Civil War. 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.

Arrangement

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

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

General

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

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Griffith Family Papers, 1754-1890
Author
FHL staff
Date
1973
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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