Emily Jane Griffith papers
Scope and Contents
Collection of papers from Emily Jane "Emma" Griffith, St. Mary's Female Seminary Valedictorian in 1885. Includes a composition book with three drafts of her valedictory address. The valedictory is written in a “high” style consistent with an oration or declamation of the era.
The collection also contains correspondence between Griffith and A.E. (Thomas) Lilburn (affectionately known as "Miss Lizzie"), who was the principal of the seminary and was also Emma Griffith's supervisor when Emma taught at the seminary. There is also fundraising correspondence between Emily Jane Griffith and Elizabeth "Betty" (Revell) Wathen, the founder of the first St. Mary's Female Seminary Alumnae Association. The donation also includes six "cabinet card" photographs and a lock of hair from a classmate.
- 1884-1931, 2013
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Collection is open without restriction.
Emily Jane Griffith (1863-1943), known as "Emma," was the Valedictorian of St. Mary's Female Seminary Class of 1885. After graduation, she taught science and mathematics at St. Mary's Female Seminary from October 1886 to January 1888, before eventually moving to Montana and teaching at the Ft. Shaw Indian School, where she was an assistant matron from October 1903 to May 1905 (Emma was at Ft. Shaw when their women's basketball team won the World's Fair championship in 1904). She returned to the Washington D.C. area and worked in the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as other government agencies, in a federal service career that spanned 30 years.
0.25 Linear Feet (15 folders)
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Collection of papers from Emily Jane "Emma" Griffith, St. Mary's Female Seminary Valedictorian in 1885. Includes a composition book with three drafts of her valedictory address, correspondence, six "cabinet card" photographs, and a lock of hair from a classmate.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Relative of Emma Jane Griffith (2013.04), 2013.
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