Papers of Margaret Wither Griffith, 1912-1960
Correspondence, notebook, address books, photographs, etc., of social worker Margaret Wither Griffith.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright is held by Radcliffe College.
Extent.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 2 photograph folders, 1 folio photograph folder.)
This collection consists of correspondence, a notebook, two address books, memorabilia, and three photographs. Most of the letters concern the estate of Griffith's mother, Jessie (Wither) Griffith, who died in 1959, leaving the property in Wareham to Griffith and her sister Janet. There are several letters and notes concerning the Home for Aged Women, but there is no record of her work there in this collection. Many of Griffith's personal papers were sorted and discarded at the time she moved to the Home as a resident.
The notebook (#3), containing names, addresses, grades, and nationalities of students, may be evidence that Griffith was at some time a teacher. She used it at another time as well, possibly when employed at the Home. One address book (#1) belonged to Griffith's mother; the other (#2) includes notes and letters. There are several portraits fo Griffith; other photographs are unidentified but may include Griffith.
See also the records of the Home for Aged Women (MC 294).
Margaret Wither Griffith Papers grew up in Wareham, Massachusetts, and attended Boston University School of Religious Education and Social Service from August to December 1918. She worked for the City Missionary Society of Boston, and, from 1929 until her retirement in 1978, was the social worker for the Home for Aged Women in Jamaica Plain.
Griffith lived with her sister, Janet A. Griffith, in Dorchester; they also maintained the family home in Wareham. For the last several years of her life she resided in the Home for Aged Women. She died on February 29, 1984.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 85-M154
The papers of Margaret Wither Griffith were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jane E. Manopoli and Lawrence M. Channing, executors of Griffith's will, in July 1985.
Processed: December 1986
By: Nancy Falk
- Griffith, Margaret Wither, 1898-1984. Papers of Margaret Wither Griffith, 1912-1960: A Finding Aid
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