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Collection Number: 00838

Collection Title: James Mathews Griggs Papers, 1836, 1892-1913.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2500 items)
Abstract James Mathews Griggs (1861-1910) was a teacher, lawyer, state circuit judge, political leader, and United States representative (1896-1910), from Dawson, Ga. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs. Much of the correspondence is with constituents, Georgia political leaders, and members of the judiciary and the press, and relates to public issues and activities in Congress during Griggs's term of office, 1896-1910, as United States representative from Georgia. Among the subjects discussed are elections and candidates, rural mail service, railroad rates, tariff reduction, national forests, farming, Prohibition, the Panama Canal, and appropriations for the Post Office Department and the Army. Also included is correspondence with overseers of Griggs's farm at Shellman, Ga.
Creator Griggs, James Mathews, 1861-1910.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Mathews Griggs Papers, #838, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Augusta Griggs Raines of Dawson, Ga., 1943
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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James Mathews Griggs (1861-1910) of Dawson, Ga., was a teacher, lawyer, state circuit judge, political leader, and United States representative (1896-1910). He served on the Post Office Committee, Ways and Means, and others. He also owned a farm at Shellman, Ga.

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The collection includes correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs. Much of the correspondence is with constituents, Georgia political leaders, and members of the judiciary and the press, and relates to public issues and activities in Congress during Griggs's term of office, 1896-1910, as United States representative from Georgia. Among the subjects discussed are elections and candidates, rural mail service, railroad rates, tariff reduction, national forests, farming, Prohibition, the Panama Canal, and appropriations for the Post Office Department and the Army. Also included is correspondence with overseers of Griggs's farm at Shellman, Ga.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series contains primarily political correspondence while Griggs was a United States Representative from 1896-1910. It includes correspondence with constituents, Georgia political figures, members of the Georgia judiciary, members of the press, fellow congressmen, and prominant figures in national politics. Topics include candidates and elections, rural mail service in Ga., railroad rates, tariff reduction, national forests in the South, farming, prohibition, Panama Canal, appropriations for the Post Office Department and the Army, and various congressional matters. Personal correspondence consists chiefly of letters between Griggs and his overseers about his farm at Shellman, Ga.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1894-1899 #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1900-1902 #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1903-1904 #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1905 #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1906 #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6-7

Folder 6

Folder 7

1907 #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 6-7

Folder 8-10

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

1908 #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 8-10

Folder 11

1909-1910, 1913 #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Undated and fragments #00838, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1894-1913 and undated." Folder 12

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This series contains notes and drafts of speeches given by Griggs, as well as printed copies of them.

Folder 22-35

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Drafts, undated #00838, Series: "3. Speeches, 1907-1910 and undated." Folder 22-35

Folder 36

Printed, 1907-1908, 1910 #00838, Series: "3. Speeches, 1907-1910 and undated." Folder 36

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Arrangement: chronological.

Clippings primarily document Congressional activities and Griggs's role in them.

Folder 37

1879 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

1896 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

1897 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

1898 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

1899 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

1900 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43-44

Folder 43

Folder 44

1901 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 43-44

Folder 45-54

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

1902 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 45-54

Folder 55

1903 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56-57

Folder 56

Folder 57

1904 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 56-57

Folder 58

1905 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

1906 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

1907 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

1908 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

1909 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63-64

Folder 63

Folder 64

1910 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 63-64

Folder 65

1911 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

1913 #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67-71

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

Folder 71

Undated #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." Folder 67-71

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-838/1a

Newspaper clippings & pamphlets #00838, Series: "4. Clippings, 1879-1913 and undated." XOPF-838/1a

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Volumes contain newspaper clippings relating to politics and the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906, as well as three printed volumes relating to Congress.

Folder 72

#00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 72

See Oversize Volume SV-838/1

Oversize Volume SV-838/1

Volume 1 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." SV-838/1

Pages from the Congressional Record pasted in a catalog of electric appliances, 1898-1907.

Folder 73

Volume 2 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 73

Clippings pertaining to campaigns, speeches and activities of Griggs in Congress, 1898.

Folder 74

Volume 3 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 74

Clippings pertaining to the Democratic Congressional Committee and Presidential Campaign of 1906.

Folder 75

Enclosures from volume 3 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 75

Folder 76

Volume 4 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 76

Miscellaneous clippings.

Folder 77

Volume 5 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 77

"Newspaper Clippings Relating to 59th Congress, 1st Session," 1906.

Folder 78

Volume 6 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 78

Newspaper clippings about the Atlanta Race Riot, 1906.

Folder 79

Enclosures from volume 6 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 79

Folder 80

Volume 7 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 80

Democratic Campaign Book, 1906.

Folder 81

Volume 8 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 81

A Vest-Pocket Directory of the House of Representatives, 59th Congress, 2nd Session, 1906.

Folder 82-83

Folder 82

Folder 83

Volume 9 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 82-83

Memorial Addresses Delivered in the House of Representatives adn the Senate of the U.S., 61st Congress, 2nd Session , 1910.

Folder 84

#00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." Folder 84

See Oversize Volume SV-383/10

Oversize Volume SV-838-10

Volume 10 #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." SV-838-10

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings pertaining to Griggs' career as a judge and lawyer, his campaign for Congress, and poems. 1892, 1896.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-838/1b

Commissions and diploma #00838, Series: "5. Volumes, 1892-1910." OPF-838/1b

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Folder 85

#00838, Series: "6. Pictures." Folder 85

See Image Folder PF-838/1-7

Image P-838/1

Picture #00838, Series: "6. Pictures." P-838/1

Postcard photograph of S. A. Roddenbery, 1908.

Image P-838/2-3

P-838/2

P-838/3

Picture #00838, Series: "6. Pictures." P-838/2-3

Signed photograph of James M. Griggs, and 1 duplicate copy.

Image P-838/4-7

P-838/4

P-838/5

P-838/6

P-838/7

Picture #00838, Series: "6. Pictures." P-838/4-7

Signed portrait of James M. Griggs, and 3 duplicate copies.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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