Contents and Arrangement

Princeton Adult School, 1957-1978

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Gillett G. Griffin Papers reflect Griffin's personal life and relationships as well as his professional work and his donation of objects to the Princeton University Art Museum. The papers span Griffin's lifetime, and the bulk is composed of correspondence. The papers document some of Griffin's childhood artwork and schoolwork, early correspondence with family, friends, and mentors, coursework at the Yale School of Fine Arts, and Griffin's mid-century book designs. The collection contains generous material from the period when Griffin was Curator of Graphic Arts in Firestone Library, from 1952 to 1966. The papers also reflect the 38 years Griffin spent as Curator of Pre-Columbian and Primitive Art (so called in 1967) at the Princeton University Art Museum (1967-2005). Further, the papers document his travels--particularly early trips to Mexico and organized tours from the late 1960s through the 1990s--and reflect Griffin's teaching activities at Princeton between the 1970s and 2000s. Artwork represented in the papers is primarily composed of later, small-format sketches (ink on paper), including those Griffin labeled "erotic."

Personal and professional material is commingled in the collection, particularly in the correspondence series.

Further description of each series appears under each series heading.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

The following material was separated from the papers: two boxes of subject clippings; printed publications and duplicates; student work, grades, recommendation letters and fellowship applications; personal letters not addressed to or written by Gillett Griffin; personal documents of people other than Gillett Griffin.

Leather, plastic and vinyl luggage tags and travel document enclosures have been removed. Some envelopes have been removed.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use with some exceptions. To protect the privacy of living individuals, portions of this collection are restricted for 25-50 years. Relevant restrictions are noted in the folder descriptions.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Special Requirements for Access:

Materials in the Gillett Good Griffin Papers have been treated for mold; however, materials may still be fragile and exhibit signs of damage. Researchers should exercise caution when handling these materials.

Credit this material:

Princeton Adult School; Gillett G. Griffin Papers, AC464, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpph): Box 23

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