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Lawrence D. Griffith Papers

Identifier: UA 5.086

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of scrapbooks created by Griffith from the 1990s through 2009. The collection also includes copies of Griffith's website "" Griffith composed an introduction for the collection, which is available in box 1.

Two relevant extracts from his introduction:

"The scrapbooks that I have given to the College represent my life as a professional, middle-class, middle-aged, completely actualized gay man with HIV who has stridently enunciated those causes that I believe in: gay rights, human rights, HIV education and prevention, left of center politics, sexual dynamics, spirituality, and global and timely issues such as global warning and energy policy."

"These scrapbooks were not assembled in any specific method. Each scrapbook ought to represent a discreet time of assembly, but documents and ephemera from different periods may have been inserted. I did not attempt to sequence the pages in any order in any particular scrapbook. More than not, the pages were arranged so as to have graphic appeal. Related text passages were separated by pages of graphics."

In addition to the accession of scrapbooks about Griffith's life, there are also 2 cubic feet of scrapbooks containing family genealogical information compiled by Griffith. The collected material follows Harrison Patillo Griffith and his antecedents and descendents including: Ezekial, Benjamin, and Stephen Griffith; Harrison Patillo Griffith; Stepeh Harrison, Thomas Twitty, and Walter Pat Griffith; Stepehn and L. David Griffith; Lindsey and Jonathan David Griffith; Rev. Henry Patillo; Major Richard Harrison; House and Westmoreland family histories; Twitty family history; Lanford, Posey, Woodruff, and other associated families; Pridmore family, Byars family; and background to possible Goodman family references in Virginia.


  • 1994-2009

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Preliminary review of scrapbooks in accessions Acc. 2008.132 and 2009.13 by Special Collections Research Center staff is required due to potentially restricted financial information in the collection. Consult a staff member for assistance. 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, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library. Copyright to the website is retained by the creator and his heirs.

Biographical Information:

Lawrence (Larry) Griffith graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1981 with a BA in English. Griffith began his career at Colonial Williamsburg and is currently (2008) curator of plants at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was president of Lambda Alliance when a student (1979) and a board member of William and Mary GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association). Griffith was a garden columnist for the Daily Press in 1991-1992. He is the author of the books Flowers and Herbs of Early America (2008). Griffith's partner is Curtis Moyer. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


8.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection has not yet been fully rehoused and described, which may require extra time considerations for users.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

The former website is no longer available online and can be viewed only in the Special Collections Research Center.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2008.132 received from Lawrence D. Griffith on 11/10/2008 and 12/2/2008. Acc. 2009.13 received from Lawrence D. Griffith on 1/23/2009. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Related Materials:

Larry Griffith participated in the Stephens Oral History Project and recordings of his interviews are available as part of the University Archives Oral History Collection (UA 43).

Information about related materials is available at

Separated Materials:

A signed copy of Griffith's book Flowers and Herbs of Early America (Photography by Barbara Temple Lombardi, Yale University Press, 2008) was received from the author on 12/2/2008 and has been added to the Archives Book Collection in the Special Collections Research Center.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally described by Amy C. Schindler in December 2008, and January & December 2009.

Guide to the Lawrence D. Griffith Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository