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Series 1: Family Papers, 1887-2008, bulk: 1910 - 1995


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Scope and Contents note

Materials related to key family members—including ancestors, contemporaries, and descendants—as well as family friends, colleagues, and pets of Ernest A. and Alyce C. Griffin. Documents include vital records (birth, death, marriage), genealogical records, educational and community materials, church records, personal correspondence, legal records, travel materials, and periodicals. Of note are documents relating to Ernest and Alyce’s nephew, Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., the first black astronaut in the United States.

The series contains a considerable amount of genealogical material, from which the family tree in the accession file is based. This material involves several branches of the Griffin family and includes locations as diverse as Chicago (Illinois), Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), Dresden (Ontario, Canada), and Baden Baden (Germany), among others.


  • Creation: 1887-2008
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1910 - 1995



The Ernest A. Griffin family papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been digitized and are available online. Access to the original audiovisual items is restricted.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically. Within each folder, the materials are arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States