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R. Sumter Griffith papers

 Collection 0257-UA
R. Sumter Griffith attended the Maryland Agricultural College from 1877 to 1880 and later became a physician. His papers include class admission tickets, correspondence, and photographs documenting Griffith's life and studies at the Maryland Agricultural College and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore.


  • 1877-1936

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


0.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The R. Sumter Griffith papers date from 1877 to 1936. They include an invitation, program, and class admission tickets, receipts, correspondences, and photographs. These materials document Griffith's years at the Maryland Agricultural College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The correspondence in particular reflects Dr. Griffith's interest and involvement in alumni affairs.


R. Sumter Griffith was born in 1860, the son of F. L. Griffith. He came to the Maryland Agricultural College from Friendship, Maryland, attending the College from 1877 to 1880, leaving after his sophomore year. According to conflicting sources, he later entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore, Maryland, from which he appears to have graduated in 1886. Dr. R. Sumter Griffith practiced medicine in Waynesboro, Basic City, Virginia, for over fifty-six years before retiring in 1947. He died in Waynesboro, Virginia, on December 14, 1955, at the age of ninety-four.


The collection is organized as two series.
Series 1
College Activities
Series 2

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The papers of R. Sumter Griffith were received by the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries in 1972 from an unknown source.

Processing Information

The R. Sumter Griffith papers were originally processed in April 1973. All materials were removed from their original folders or envelopes, unfolded and flattened, and placed in acid-free folders in an acid-free box. Photographs were transferred to the photograph collection. In June 1996, two series were formally created within the R. Sumter Griffith papers. The photographs were placed into separate acid-free envelopes, and the guide was revised.
Guide to the R. Sumter Griffith papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742