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Edna Griffin papers

Repository: University of Iowa Libraries. Iowa Women's Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The Edna Griffin papers date from 1948 to 2004 and measure 2 linear inches. The papers contain very few personal items. The biographical information includes details about several awards Griffin received. Most of the articles in the newspaper clippings folder describe the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Griffin's successful effort to desegregate Katz Drug Store. The transcript and audiocassette of an interview with Phyllis Griffin, Edna Griffin's daughter, conducted by Noah Lawrence in 2004 is also included; Phyllis Griffin reflects on the values her mother imparted to her, the relationship between her parents, and her mother's early life experiences. Photocopies of the documents in Griffin's FBI file, declassified in 2006, offer many details about Griffin's work with the Progressive Party during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Access Copy Note: The papers are open for research.

Date(s): 1948-2004

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: AC1054

Extent: 2 linear inches and one audiocassette

Finding Aid URL: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/findingaids/IWATitleDetail.aspx?CollectionIdentifier=IWA0443 External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See the Verda Williams Papers which has Williams's documentary "Black Des Moines: Voices Seldom Heard" features an interview with Edna Griffin. The collection also includes audiocassettes and transcripts of the interview.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Records (in the late 1960s Edna Griffin was the finance chair of WILPF).

Interviewees: Phyllis Griffin

Rights (Extant): Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Subjects:

African American women civil rights workers--Iowa
African Americans--Civil rights--Iowa
Boycotts
Civil rights demonstrations--Iowa--Des Moines
Civil rights movements--Iowa
Civil rights--Cases
Discrimination in public accommodations
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Genres:

Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts

 

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