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MC 376

Griffith, Margaret Wither, 1898-1984. Papers of Margaret Wither Griffith, 1912-1960: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 376
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Griffith, Margaret Wither, 1898-1984
Title: Papers of Margaret Wither Griffith, 1912-1960
Date(s): 1912-1960
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box) plus 2 photograph folders, 1 folio photograph folder.)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, notebook, address books, photographs, etc., of social worker Margaret Wither Griffith.

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.

Processing Information:

Processed: December 1986
By: Nancy Falk


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Preferred Citation:

Margaret Wither Griffith Papers, 1912-1960; item description, dates. MC 376, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


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.


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).

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Additional Index Terms

Older people--Dwellings
Boston (Mass.)--Social conditions
Old age homes--Massachusetts--Boston
Social workers