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Bulkley Southworth Griffin papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS304

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

This miscellaneous collection of Bulkley Southworth Griffin's contains autographed letters of notable figures and printed ephemera from the 19th and 20th centuries. Of note are two photographs by G.D. Wakeley of the White House and the Capitol Building from 1865 and 1866 respectively, accompanied by an assortment of genealogical materials from the Bulkley, Southworth and Griffin families of the 19th and 20th centuries. Of special interest from this period is his journal of 1922 regarding domestic politics during the Harding presidency. An avid collector of Mark Twain books, Griffin donated his collection to the Buffalo and Erie County Library, NY. After his death, his daughter donated many of Griffin's books to Georgetown. The Georgetown University Library holds a copy of his own book, Offbeat History: A Compendium of Americana, 1967 (call #E173.G87).


  • 1717-1968
  • Majority of material found within 1830-1900

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical note

Bulkley Southworth Griffin (1893-1967) was a Washington based newspaperman for most of his career. From 1916-1917 and 1919-1922 he served as a reporter, city editor and Washington correspondent for his father's paper, the Springfield Republican. Ultimately he founded the Griffin-Larrabee News Bureau in 1922. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 16, 1893 to Solomon Bulkley and Ida Southworth Griffin. At 23 he moved to Washington, and later served with the U.S. Army and Navy in World War I as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Air Service. Griffin married Isabel Kinnear on July 8, 1926. In 1945 he returned to Europe as a war correspondent for five months with the 3rd Army. He died in 1967.


3.75 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057