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Griffiths (Alfred and Ernestine) papers
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Rev. Alfred L. Griffiths and Ernestine C. Griffiths papers
    creator: Griffiths, Alfred L.
    creator: Griffiths, Ernestine C.
    source: Griffiths, Stephen L.
    source: Meyer, Katharine Griffiths Yelas
    Identifier/Call Number: M2231
    Physical Description: 2.0 Linear Feet 2 MB, 1 half box, 2 flat boxes, 1 map folder
    Date (inclusive): c. 1937-1963

    Content Description

    Materials include correspondence, photographs, unpublished typescript bound volumes, colored slides, telegrams, documents, newspaper clippings, and more. Most of the material relates to the Griffiths' life in the Philippines before, during, and after World War II, including their missionary work, the local landscape and population, and Alfred Griffiths' work to help Balbalasang men who served in the 121st company receive back pay.

    Biographical / Historical

    The arrangement and historical information was compiled by the son, Stephen L. Griffiths. His document is included in file 1/0.

    Biographical / Historical

    Reverend Alfred ("Al") L. Griffiths and Ernestine ("Nessie") C. Griffiths were Episcopal Missionaries in the Philippines stationed in Balbalasang, Kalinga, Luzon in the Philippines in the 1930s and 1940. They, along with their daughter Katharine (Katy), were captured by the Japanese during World War II and were imprisoned until the end of the war. Alfred and Ernestine had a son, Stephen L. Griffiths, in 1946. Stephen wrote a book about his family's experience: Guerrilla Priest: An American Family in World War II Philippines.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Stephen L. Griffiths and Katharine Griffiths Yelas Meyer; 2017. Accession MSS 2017-153.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Rev. Alfred L. Griffiths and Ernestine C. Griffiths papers (M2231). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Griffiths, Alfred L.
    Griffiths, Ernestine C.
    Griffiths, Stephen L.
    Meyer, Katharine Griffiths Yelas