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Guide to the Lillian Baker Griggs Papers, 1930-1949

Abstract

Papers of Lillian Baker Griggs, Librarian of the Duke University Woman's College Library, 1930 to 1949.

Contains primarily correspondence, library planning records, budget files, and other materials related to the operation of the Woman's College Library. The correspondence covers activities of the North Carolina Library, the American Library Association, library legislation and education, as well as the Woman's College Library. Also includes a 60 page typed memoir written by Griggs, ca. 1940

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Griggs, Lillian Baker, 1876-1955.
Title
Lillian Baker Griggs papers 1930-1949
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet, 1,500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Primarily correspondence, library planning, budget files, and other materials related to the operation of the Woman's College Library of Duke University. The correspondence covers activities of the North Carolina Library, the American Library Association, library legislation and education, as well as the Woman's College Library. Box 3 includes a 60 page typed memoir written by Lillian Baker Griggs, ca. 1940

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1930 - May 1933 (6 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1930-1940 (6 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence, 1941-1949
Box 3
Woman's College Library planning, 1930-1934
Box 3
Woman's College Library financial and collection reports, 1931-1943
Box 3
Woman's College Library budget, 1935-1947 (7 folders)
Box 3
Woman's College Library Committee, 1937-1949
Box 3
Woman's Club of Durham, 1933-1934
Box 3
Memoirs of Mrs. Alfred (Lillian B.) Griggs, 1876-1955; written 1940
Box 3

Historical Note

Lillian Baker Griggs was born in Anderson, South Carolina in 1867 to William F. and Cora D. Baker. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1895 and married Alfred Flourny Griggs in 1897. After her husband's death in 1908, she entered the Carnegie Library School in Atlanta and received her certificate in 1911. From 1911 to 1923 she was Librarian for the Durham Public Library and from 1924 until 1930 served as Director of the North Carolina Library Commission. In 1930 she became the first Librarian of the Duke University Woman's College Library. Committed to undergraduate library service, it was her goal "to have every girl on campus come into the library at least one time." (Box 2 correspondence, Dec. 14, 1937).

Griggs actively served in a number of professional organizations, including the League of Library Commissions (President, 1929-1930), the North Carolina Library Association (President, 1917-1918, 1931-1932), the Southeastern Library Association, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Folklore Society, and the League of Women Voters.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lillian Baker Griggs Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Lillian Baker Griggs Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1971-1972, 1976, 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Tim Pyatt, June 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.