Austin E. Griffiths papers, 1891-1952 (bulk 1904-1920)

Griffiths, Austin E. (Austin Edwards), 1863-1952


11.73 cubic feet (25 boxes).
1 microfilm reel.
Arranged in two accessions: 1. Accession No. 3119-001, Austin E. Griffiths papers, 1891-1952; 2. Accession No. 3119-003, Austin E. Griffiths papers, 1949.
Correspondence, speeches, writings, financial records, clippings, ephemera, and scrapbooks relating to Griffiths's career in law, his public life, and his involvement in progressive causes. Also included is one reel of microfilm containing an unpublished manuscript and other materials. Organizations represented include the Republican Party, the Progressive Party, the Cascade Tunnel Association, and the Seattle YMCA. Major correspondents include the Grays Harbor Commercial Company, John P. Hartman, J.A. Hutcheson, the International Law Association, Mark A. Matthews, Merrill and Ring Lumber Company, the Pacific Coast Lumber Manufacturers' Association, the Playground and Recreation Association of America, Miles Poindexter, Polson Logging Company, First Presbyterian Church (Seattle), the Charity Organization Society of Seattle, the Metropolitan Building Company, the Northwestern Lumber Company, the Russell Sage Foundation, a number of Seattle mayors, and the Washington Development Co. (Tacoma).
Austin Edward Griffiths was a lawyer, civic leader, politician, judge, columnist, Seattle city councilman, chief of police (1914), founder of Seattle Playground Association (1908), and supporter of the League of Nations. Born in England in 1863, he emigrated to Nebraska with his family in 1872 and moved to Washington Territory in 1889. Griffiths practiced law in Grays Harbor before moving to Seattle in 1897. Throughout his adult life, Griffiths was active in public affairs both in Seattle and in Washington State. His concern for progressive causes was reflected in his political activities as a Progressive Republican in the state. Griffiths died in 1952.
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[Title of item], [date of item if known], [box/folder number], Austin E. Griffiths Papers, [Accession No.], University of Washington Libraries.
The creator's literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Photographs that were originally part of these papers have been relocated to the Special Collections Portrait Collection, PHColl 563, Special Collections division, University of Washington Libraries. A number of publications in the papers have been relocated to the Special Collections Pacific Northwest Collection, also in the Special Collections division.
A finding aid to the papers is available in the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries and on the World Wide Web.
The photographs that form part of this collection are described and indexed in A Guide to the Portraits Collection, which is available in the Special Collections division, University of Washington Libraries.

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