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Richard Worden Griffin Papers

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Richard W. Griffin was an alumnus of Wake Forest College (1946) and history professor. His papers consist of biographical information; correspondence; literary productions, chiefly articles on Southern Cotton mills and the textile industry; articles by others; printed materials; and professional files, including his notes arranged chronologically.

Biographical and Historical Note

Richard W. Griffin was an alumnus of Wake Forest College (1946) and history professor.

Collection Overview

This collection contains biographical information; correspondence; literary productions, chiefly articles on Southern Cotton mills and the textile industry; articles by others; printed materials; and his professional files, including his notes arranged chronologically.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographical File
    • Biographical data (1960-1970) Box 1 Folder 1
    • In Memoriam. Meeting of his friends at the Unitarian Church of Arlington (1922 June 13 - 1978 October 4 and 21) Box 1 Folder 2
    • Resignations
      • Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana (1961 February 7) Box 1 Folder 3
      • St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD (1968-1969) Box 1 Folder 4
  • Correspondence
    • A (1959-1976) Box 1 Folder 5
    • Alderson, William T. (1958-1959) Folder 6
    • American Association of University Professors (1972) Folder 7
    • B (1955-1963) Folder 8
    • Brannon, Peter A. (1955-1958) Folder 9
    • C (1954-1977) Folder 10
    • Crittenden, Charles Christopher (1957) Folder 11
    • D (1954-1963) Folder 12
    • E (1955-1972) Folder 13
    • F (1959-1968) Folder 14
    • Feissner, Karl G. (1968-1969) Folder 15
    • Fishbein, Meyer H. (1959) Folder 16
    • G (1958-1964) Folder 17
    • Gibb, George S. (1955-1958) Folder 18
    • Graf, LeRoy P. (1958-1959) Folder 19
    • Greer, J. Barton (1959) Folder 20
    • Griffin, Jane [wife] (1970) Folder 21
    • H (1954-1970) Folder 22
    • Harris, Herbert E., II (1977-1978) Folder 23
    • Holt, Thomas Michael (1896) Folder 24
    • Hoole, W. Stanley (1954-1957) Folder 25
    • J (1959-1962) Folder 26
    • K (1960-1962) Folder 27
    • L (1959-1967) Folder 28
    • Linton, Lucy (1959-1960) Folder 29
    • M (1949-1969) Folder 30
    • Mc (1948-1959) Folder 31
    • N (1959) Folder 32
    • Northern Virginia Community College (1970-1978) Folder 33
    • O (1958-1963) Folder 34
    • P (1954-1962) Folder 35
    • Prior, Granville T., and Mary B. (1958-1959) Folder 36
    • Q (1954-1974) Folder 37
    • R (1956-1969) Folder 38
    • S (1954-1969) Folder 39
    • T (1955-1969) Folder 40
    • U (1961) Folder 41
    • V (1959) Folder 42
    • W (1954-1969) Folder 43
    • Y (1959-1962) Folder 44
    • Young (1959-1961) Folder 45
    • First name only (1961-1966) Folder 46
  • Educational File
    • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
      • Colonial history (1947) Box 1 Folder 47
      • History 3 (undated) Folder 48
      • History 633 and 635 (Slave Controversy and American Diplomatic History) (1947) Folder 49
      • Modern America (1951) Folder 50
  • Financial Documents
    • Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama. Purchase orders (1958-1959) Folder 51
    • Black Rock Mountain Theatre, Clayton, GA. Financial documents (1965) Folder 52
    • Receipts (1955-1962) Folder 53
  • Legal Documents
    • American Philosophical Society. Agreement between the American Philosophical Society and Richard W. Griffin for a grant from the Johnson Fund (1960 April 12) Folder 54
  • Writings by Richard Worden Griffin
    • Alabama Cotton Factories. Alphabetical listing of (1815-1860.) Folder 55
    • "Albany, Georgia: Frontier beginnings"  (1836-1845) Folder 56
    • "Ante-Bellum Industrial Foundations of the (alleged) "New South''" .  The Textile History Review  (1964 April) Folder 57
    • "The Ante-Bellum Southern Cotton Mill Village"  (undated) Folder 58
    • "The Ante-Bellum Southern Factory as Seen by Contemporaries"  (1775-1865) Folder 59
    • Athens Academy and College: An Experiment in Women's Education in Alabama, Alexander City, Alabama: Outlook Publishing Co. (1822-1873, 1958) Folder 60
    • "Athens College: The Middle Years" ,  Methodist History, Vol. 4, no. 1 (1873-1914, 1965 October) Folder 61
    • "The Augusta (Georgia) Manufacturing Company in Peace, War, and Reconstruction" ,  The Business History Review, Vol. 32, no. 1 (1847-1877, Spring 1958) Folder 62
    • "The Battle Family: Six Generations of North Carolina Textile Manufacturers"  (1816-1962, undated) Folder 63
    • "The Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in North Alabama"  (1824-1860, undated) Folder 64
    • "A Brief History of the Cotton History Group"  (undated) Folder 65
    • "Chronological listing of Alabama cotton factories"  (1815-1860) Folder 66
    • "The Columbia Manufacturing Company and the Textile Industry of the District of Columbia" ,  Maryland Historical Magazine, vol. 57, no. 3 (1808-1816, 1962 September) Folder 67
    • "Cotton Manufacture in Alabama to 1865" .  Alabama Historical Quarterly, vol. 18 (1956) Folder 68
    • "Cotton Manufactures in Louisiana to 1860"  (circa 1966) Folder 69
    • "The Cotton Mill Campaign in Florida" ,  Florida Historical Quarterly  (1828-1863, 1962 January) Folder 70
    • "Cotton Mill Finance in Ante-Bellum North Carolina"  (undated) Folder 71
    • "Cotton Frauds and Confiscations in Alabama" ,  The Alabama Review  (1863-1866. 1954 October) Folder 72
    • "The Cotton Tax and Sectional Opinions"  (1865-1868) Folder 73
    • "The Diary of Sallie Munn Stevenson" , Bride of a Tennessee Conference Circuit Rider (1867-1868, undated) Folder 74
    • "A Documentary History of the Georgia Ante-Bellum Cotton Textile Industry" (incomplete) (1808-1865 undated) Folder 75
    • "A Document History of Industrial Thought in an Emerging Southern Industrial Society" , Maryland, St. Mary's City (1775-1865, undated) Box 1 Folder 76
    • "The Effect of Urbanization on the Concepts of Southern History"  (undated) Box 2 Folder 77
    • "Factory Life and Labor in the Old South"  (1775-1865) Folder 78
    • "Florence, Alabama: A Textile Manufacturing Center of the Old South"  (1822-1871) Folder 79
    • "Foundation of the Industrial Revolution in Tennessee: Cotton Textile Industry"  (1791-1860) Folder 80
    • Giffin's publications in The Alabama Polytechnic Institute  (1953-1958) Folder 81
    • "Higher Education in the Tennessee Valley of Alabama" ,  "Bulletin of the North Alabama Historical Association" , 3 (1830-1899, 1958 December) Folder 82
    • "The Industrial Employment of Slaves"  (undated) Folder 83
    • "Industrial Life and Labor in the Old South, A History "  (1609-1860, undated) Folder 84
    • Introduction (undated) Folder 85
    • "Limestone County to Present" .  "Bulletin of the North Alabama Historical Association" , vol. 1 (1956) Folder 86
    • "Macon, Georgia: Frontier Boom Town"  (1822-1832, undated) Folder 87
    • Manufacturing companies
      • A-By Box 2 Folder 88
      • Abernathy, J. T. to Wynn Company Box 2 Folder 89
      • Alabama-Georgia Box 2 Folder 90-91
      • Appendix B (Georgia-Virginia) Box 2 Folder 92
      • Cabaniss to Dyson Box 2 Folder 93
      • Eagleton to Gwyn Box 2 Folder 94
      • Haas to Joyner Box 2 Folder 95
      • Keats to Myers Box 2 Folder 96
      • Nagle to Rutherford Box 2 Folder 97
      • St. John to Tyns Box 3 Folder 98
      • Unthank to Zane Folder 99
    • "Manufacturing Interests of Alabama Planters" .  The Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, vol. 30, no. 2 (Oct. 1958.) Folder 100
    • "Manufacturing Interests of Mississippi Planters" ,  The Journal of Mississippi History, vol. 22, no. 2 (1810-1832. April 1960.) Folder 101
    • "North Carolina: From Cotton Kingdom to Textile Empire" , A History of the Cotton Industry (1830-1880: undated) Folder 102
    • "North Carolina: The Origin and Rise of the Cotton Textile Industry" ,  Dissertation Abstracts, vol. 22, no. 6 (1830-1880. 1959.) Folder 103
    • "The North Carolina Textile Industry"  (undated) Folder 104
    • "One Hundred Years in Danville"  ([1962?]) Folder 105
    • "An Origin of the Industrial Revolution in Maryland: The Textile Industry" ,  Maryland Historical Magazine, vol. 61, no. 1 (1789-1829. March 1966.) Folder 106
    • "An Origin of the New South: The South Carolina Homespun Company" ,  The Business History Review, vol. 35, no. 3 (1808-1815. Fall 1961.) Folder 107
    • "The Origins of the Industrial Revolution in Georgia Cotton Textiles" , 1810-1865,  Georgia Historical Society  (Dec. 1958.) Folder 108
    • "Origins of Southern Cotton Manufacturers, 1807-1816" Folder 109
    • "Poor White Laborers in Southern Cotton Factories" ,  South Carolina Historical Magazine  (undated) Folder 110
    • "Problems of the Southern Cotton Planters After the Civil War" .  The Georgia Historical Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 2 (June 1955.) Folder 111
    • "Pro Industrial Sentiment and Cotton Factories in Arkansas" ,  The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, vol. 15, no. 2 (1820-1863. Summer 1956.) Folder 112
    • "Reconstruction of the North Carolina Textile Industry" ,  The North Carolina Historical Review, vol. 41, no. 1 (1865-1885. January 1964.) Folder 113
    • "Sketches of Historic Alexandria"  (undated) Folder 114
    • "Sketches of Historic Lynchburg"  (undated) Folder 115
    • "The Southern Ante-Bellum Cotton Mill Village: From Accommodation to Domination" .  The Textile History Review  (undated) Folder 116
    • Southern Cotton Manufacturer's Conventions and Meetings (1838-1863, undated) Folder 117
    • "The Southern Cotton Mill Campaign as Viewed by North Carolina Newspapers"  (1830-1880) Folder 118
    • [Southern Cotton Mills]. Typescript (undated) Folder 119
    • "Southern Efforts to Promote the Revival of the Cotton Textile Industry"  (1870-1890) Folder 120
    • "Southern Textile Manufactures"  (undated) Folder 121
    • "Southern Textile Manufacturer's Associations and Meetings"  (1810-1865, undated) Folder 122
    • "Southern Union College: An Unfulfilled Dream"  (1922-1960) Folder 123 ((incomplete))
    • "Stockholders and Owners of Southern Cotton Textile Factories" , Directory of (1775-1865. undated) Folder 124
    • "Student Days at Davidson College, 1838-1857 in Letters to the Reverend G. H. W. Petrie" .  Journal of Presbyterian History. Vol. 40, no. 3 (September 1962.) Folder 125
    • "The Textile Industry in Greene County, Georgia Before 1860" .  The Georgia Historical Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 1 (March 1964.) Folder 126
    • "Textiles and Tarrifs"  (1820-1829) Folder 127
    • "Wesleyan College: Its Genesis" ,  The Georgia Historical Quarterly, vol. 50, no. 1 (1835-1840. March 1966.) Folder 128
    • "Griffin, Richard Worden and Diffie W. Standard, The Cotton Textile Industry in Ante-Bellum North Carolina" .  The North Carolina Historical Review, vol. 34, no. 1 (January-April, 1957.) Folder 129
  • Writings by others
    • Ashe, Samuel A., "Mark Morgan: Industrial Pioneer of North Carolina" .  "Biographical History of North Carolina"  (1905) Box 4 Folder 130
    • Austin, C. M., the CCC with the Navy (undated) Folder 131
    • "Clark's Directory of Southern Textile Mills" . Charlotte, North Carolina: Clark Publishing Co. (1922 July) Folder 132
    • Daniells, Lorna M., "Studies in Enterprise" ,  The Business History Review, vol. 33, no. 2 (1958, 1959 Summer) Folder 133
    • Daniells, Lorna M., Studies in Enterprise, The Business History Review, vol. 35, no. 2 (1960, 1961 Summer) Folder 134
    • Earle, Valerie, "Observations on the Situation at St. Mary's College of Maryland"  (undated) Folder 135
    • Faulkner, Asa. "Speeches of. Delivered at Manchester, McMinnville and Jackson, West Tennessee and the Hickory Creek Grange Hall During the year 1874-1878" . McMinnville, Tennessee: Southern Standard Office (1881) Folder 136
    • Garrett, Franklin, M. B. Camak, James Young, Editors. "Textile Pioneers of the South"  (undated) Folder 137
    • Guest, Edgar A., "The Package of Seed"  (undated) Folder 138
    • Honeywell, Elizabeth, "Public Education in St. Mary's County from 1865-1885" . St. Mary's College (1969 May 15) Folder 139
    • Killebrew, J. B., "The South: Its Opportunities for the Investment of Capital" . An address delivered at a convention held in Southern Pines, North Carolina, (incomplete). (1899 April 19) Folder 140
    • Kohn, August, "The Cotton Mills of South Carolina, Charleston" , South Carolina (1907) Folder 141
    • Lewton, Frederick L., "Samuel Slater and the Oldest Cotton Machinery in America"  (undated) Folder 142
    • "Manufacturing and Mercantile Resources of Nashville, Tennessee:" A Review of the Manufacturing, Mercantile and General Business Interests of the "Rock City," to which is added a historical and statistical sketch of its rise and progress (1882) Folder 143
    • McDonald, Kenneth Madison, "Milling in Middle Tennessee" , Thesis (1780-1860, 1938 October 4) Folder 144
    • McGregor, A. A., "History of Lagrange College"  (undated) Folder 145
    • Miller, Randall Martin, "The Cotton Mill Movement in Ante-Bellum Alabama" . Ohio State University, Dissertation (1971) Folder 146
    • Robert, Charles E., "Nashville and her Trade for 1870" . Nashville, TN: Roberts and Purvis (1870) Folder 147
    • Todd, George Davidson, "The First Cotton Factory in the West"  (undated) Folder 148
    • Wilson, Harold S., "The Indiana Cotton Mills: An Experiment in North/South Cooperation" .  Indiana Historical Review, vol. 42, no. 5 (1965 May) Folder 149
    • Young, James R., "Textile Leaders of the South" . Anderson, South Carolina (1963) Folder 150
    • Reviews by Richard Worden Griffin
    • Blicksilver, Jack, "Cotton Manufacturing in the Southeast: An Historical Analysis" . Atlanta, GA: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, School of Business Administration, Georgia State College of Business Administration.  Bulletin, no. 5 (1959) Folder 151
    • McPherson, Ernest, "The Textile Industry in Ante-Bellum South Carolina" .  The Journal of Southern History, vol. 35, no. 9 (1969 November) Folder 152
  • Pictorial Materials
    • The Charlotte Journal, vol. 15, no. 49, Photocopies and negatives (1845 September 12) Folder 153
    • Cotton Millin (drawing) (1895) Folder 154
    • Cotton Mill Owners (prints) Folder 155
    • Griffin, Richard Worden, Chairman History. Government and other Colleagues Folder 156
    • Griffin, Richard Worden and Jane. Wedding (undated) Folder 157
    • Group picture in cafeteria (undated) Folder 158
    • Marketing the Raw Product (undated) Folder 159
    • Mill (1962 October 19) Folder 160
    • Old Alamance Mill, Burlington, North Carolina and its Founder, Edwin M. Holt (undated) Folder 161
    • Picking cotton (undated) Folder 162
  • Printed Materials
    • "The Aurora"  (1861 May) Folder 163
    • The Cotton History Review (Richard Worden Griffin, Ed.) (1960) Box 4 Folder 164-165
    • Kentucky Advocate. 100th Anniversary Edition, vol. 100, no. 7 (1965 June 27) Box 4 Folder 166-167
    • Springs Bulletin, vol. 16, no. 21 (1959 November 5) Folder 168
    • Textile History Review (Richard Worden Griffin, Ed.) (1962-1964) Box 4 Folder 169-170
    • Valley Daily Times-News. 75th Anniversary, West Point, GA. Lannett, Alabama, vol. 6, no. 157 (1955 October 7) Box 4 Folder 171
  • Professional Files
    • Addresses Folder 172
    • American Lutheran Church. Capital University Bulletin, vol. 39, no. 5 (May 1955.) Folder 173
    • Announcements Folder 174
    • Athens College, Athens, Alabama (1824-95) Folder 175
    • Black Rock Mountain Theatre, Clayton, GA. Program, "The Importance of Being Ernest" by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Jane Griffin. Folder 176
    • Business History Conference. Participants of (1961 October 27-28) Folder 177
    • Class record. History and Political Science (1961 September 8) Folder 178
    • Clippings
      •  (1859-1968) Folder 179
      • The Maryland Traveller by Richard W. Griffin in St. Mary's Beacon, and  Maryland Independent  (1968-1970) Folder 180
    • Correction sheets Folder 181
    • Cotton Mill Minutes. Photocopies and negatives (1835-1857.) Folder 182
    • Cotton Mill Owners Petitions (1792-1872) Folder 183
    • Drawings by Richard W. Griffin (undated) Folder 184
    • English Speaking Union of the United States, Washington, DC Branch (1975) Folder 185
    • Factory list Folder 186
    • Georgia Textile Mills (1808-1865) Folder 187
    • Griffin's suit. Details of. Point News. St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD (April 16, 1968.) Folder 188
    • Mississippi Valley Historical Association. Fifty-sixth annual meeting. Omaha, Nebraska (May 2-4, 1963.) Folder 189
    • North Alabama Historical Association at Athens College. Program (Dec. 9, 1956.) Folder 190
    • Northern Virginia Community College. Rank and salary proposal (1977-78.) Folder 191
    • Notes
      •  (1609-1649) Box 5 Folder 192
      •  (1770) Folder 193
      •  (1785-1844) Box 5 Folder 194-213
      •  (1845 January-May) Folder 214
      •  (1845 June-December) Folder 215
      •  (1846-1847) Folder 216-217
      •  (1848 January-August) Folder 218
      •  (1848 September-December) Box 6 Folder 219
      •  (1849) Box 5 Folder 220-222
      •  (1850 January-April) Folder 223
      •  (1850 May-December) Folder 224
      •  (1851-1859) Box 5 Folder 225-233
      •  (1860-1865) Folder 234
      •  (1866-1889) Folder 235
      • Other notes Folder 236
    • Passport of Richard W. Griffin (1977 June 28) Folder 237
    • Questionnaire. The Daily Mail, Anderson, South Carolina. Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. Eminent Men of the Palmetto State (undated) Folder 238
    • Southern Economic Association. Thirtieth Annual Conference. Program and Announcements. Atlanta: Biltmore Hotel, Atlanta, GA (1960 November 17-19) Folder 239
    • Southern Sociological Society. 22nd Annual meeting. Program. Gatlinburg, TN (1959 April 16-18) Folder 240
    • The Wesleyan Quarterly Review, vol. 1, no. 1-2, Richard W. Griffin, Editor (1964 February-May) Folder 241

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Griffin, Richard W., (Richard Worden), 1922-1978
Title
Richard Worden Griffin Papers
ID
MS233
Date [inclusive]
1881-1978
Extent
10.0 linear feet  6 record cartons, scrapbooks

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2004
Revision Description
 Revised by Finley Turner 2019 May
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
Richard Worden Griffin Papers (MS233), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

Another related collection is the Griffin Family Papers (MS49), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives.

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