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R. Sumter Griffith papers


R. Sumter Griffith papers
Griffith, R. Sumter
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0.25 linear feet (20 items)
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University of Maryland
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

R. Sumter Griffith attended the Maryland Agricultural College from 1877 to 1880 and later became a physician. His papers include class admission tickets, correspondence, and photographs documenting Griffith's life and studies at the Maryland Agricultural College and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore.

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Historical Note

R. Sumter Griffith was born in 1860, the son of F. L. Griffith. He came to the Maryland Agricultural College from Friendship, Maryland, attending the College from 1877 to 1880, leaving after his sophomore year. According to conflicting sources, he later entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore, Maryland, from which he appears to have graduated in 1886. Dr. R. Sumter Griffith practiced medicine in Waynesboro, Basic City, Virginia, for over fifty-six years before retiring in 1947. He died in Waynesboro, Virginia, on December 14, 1955, at the age of ninety-four.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of R. Sumter Griffith date from 1877 to 1936. They include an invitation, program, and class admission tickets, receipts, correspondences, and photographs. These materials document Griffith's years at the Maryland Agricultural College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The correspondence in particular reflects Dr. Griffith's interest and involvement in alumni affairs.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The papers or R. Sumter Griffith were received by the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries in 1972 from an unknown source.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Unknown, April 1973. Revised by Sara Pfaffenbach, June 1996.

Processing note:

The R. Sumter Griffith papers were originally processed in April 1973. All materials were removed from their original folders or envelopes, unfolded and flattened, and placed in acid-free folders in an acid-free box. Photographs were transferred to the photograph collection. In June 1996, two series were formally created within the R. Sumter Griffith papers. The photographs were placed into separate acid-free envelopes, and the guide was revised.

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Henry Allen, June 2004.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized as two series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: College Activities, 1877-1936 (0.25 linear feet)

Series I includes several class admission tickets for lectures and clinics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, receipts for payment of class fees, and correspondence of various classmates concerning alumni affairs. This series also contains correspondence from the President of the Maryland Agricultural College (MAC), an invitation to the MAC's Christmas Ball, and a program for the College's Closing Exercises (commencement) in 1906. Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1885-1886 series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence, 1878-1936 series 1box 1folder 2
Maryland Agricultural College, 1877-1906 series 1box 1folder 3

Series 2: Photographs, 1878, 1886, and undated (11 items)

Series II contains three carte-de-visite and eight tintype photographs. The cartes-de-visite include a photograph of Maryland Agricultural College cadet Ernesto J. Balbin, 1878, an unidentified Maryland Agricultural College cadet, 1878, and a photograph of the faculty at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1886. All of the tintypes are unidentified. These materials have been transferred to the photograph collection.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

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