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George C. Griffin Collection on D. M. Smith

 Collection
Identifier: MS324

  • Staff Only

Abstract

Correspondence concerning the retirement of D. M. (David Melville) Smith, Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Tech from 1913 to 1954. Smith succeeded Floyd Field as head of the Department of Mathematics in 1936 and served in that capacity until 1951. The contents of this collection were removed from a scrapbook containing tributes to Smith compiled by George C. Griffin.

Dates

  • 1954-1959

Creator

General Physical Description note

(one half-size document case)

Restrictions: Access

None.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence concerning the retirement of D. M. (David M.) Smith, Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Tech from 1913 to 1954. Smith succeeded Floyd Field as head of the Department of Mathematics in 1936 and served in that capacity until 1951. The contents of this collection were removed from a scrapbook containing tributes to Smith compiled by George C. Griffin. The inside front cover of the scrapbook was titled: "Collection of tribute from Tech Alumni to Dr. D. M. Smith, Mathematics, on the occasion of his retirement, 1954." The tributes and donations were collected to purchase a new car for Smith, as a tribute to his service to Georgia Tech.

Biography of George C. Griffin

George Clayton Griffin, the son of Mary Brotherton Griffin and Clayton C. Griffin, was born 09 October 1896 in Savannah, GA. After moving with his family to Atlanta in 1908, he attended Peacock Fleet School and Boys High School. Griffin entered Georgia Tech’s sub-freshmen class in 1914. A very involved student, Griffin was affiliated with many organizations and clubs including Pi Kappa Phi and ANAK. He was also a member of the football, cross country, and track teams. From his first days as a sub-freshman in 1914 until his death, Griffin spent 70 years involved with Georgia Tech. His dedication to the school and its students earned him the nickname of "Mr. Georgia Tech."

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

Provenance

Accession number 1993.0403.

General Physical Description note

(one half-size document case)

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in May 2009.
Title
Inventory of the George C. Griffin Collection on D. M. Smith, 1954-1959
Subtitle
MS324
Author
Christine de Catanzaro
Date
Copyright May 2009.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

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