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Edward M. Griffith family collection

Edward M. Griffith Family Collection

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Finding aid for the Edward M. Griffith Family Collection

MSS.00.12

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Johnston, Flora Farley Griffith, 1888-19?
Title: Edward M. Griffith Family Collection
Dates: 1911-1963
Quantity: 1.7 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains two scrapbooks covering the life of Edward M. Griffith of Little Rock, as well as a small box of documents consisting mostly of items that were loose in the scrapbooks.
Identification: MSS.00.12
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains two scrapbooks covering the life of Edward M. Griffith of Little Rock and a small box of documents consisting mostly of items that were loose in the scrapbooks. The scrapbooks were put together by Griffith's mother Flora and cover social events in Little Rock in the 1930s. The scrapbooks and the documents also include letters sent to Griffith by his fiancé, later his wife, while she was on a tour of Europe in 1937, as well as the correspondence sent to his mother while he was in the Army in Europe.


Biographical Note

Edward Meek Griffith was born January 8, 1910, the son of Robert W. and Flora Farley Griffith. His parents divorced ca. 1928, and in 1933, his mother married Richard D. Johnston. Griffith attended the University of Arkansas and received a law degree from the Arkansas Law School in 1937. Following graduation, he worked for the Globe Grain and Milling Company of Little Rock.

Griffith married Mary Elizabeth Bateman of Clarendon, Arkansas, on March 25, 1939. The couple at first lived in Little Rock and later moved to Clarendon, where over the years they were active in business and community affairs. Griffith served in the European theater during the last months of World War II, returning to Arkansas in the fall of 1945. Early in 1951, Griffith established the New Clarendon Gin Company. Edward and Mary had one daughter, Rheta. Mary died November 22, 1955, and Griffith died on August1992.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Clarendon (Ark.)
Cotton gins and ginning -- Arkansas.
Griffith, Edward M., 1910-1922
Griffith, Rheta, 1955-
Johnston, Flora Farley Griffith, 1888-19?
Little Rock (Ark.)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward M. Griffith Family Papers, MSS 00-12, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Rheta Griffith, 2000


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