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 "Gryffiddiott.com." 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.
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.