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George C. Griffin Collection on D. M. Smith

George C. Griffin Collection on D. M. Smith

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Descriptive Summary

Title: George C. Griffin Collection on D. M. Smith
Identification: MS324
Date: 1954-1959
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (one half-size document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Griffin, George C., (George Clayton), 1896-1990
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
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.

Biographical/Historical Note

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."


Scope and Content Note

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.


Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Faculty.
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Mathematics.
Mathematics--Study and teaching--Georgia--Atlanta.
Smith, D. M., (David Melville), 1884-1962

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite George C. Griffin Collection on D. M. Smith (MS324), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Accession number 1993.0403.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in May 2009.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None.

    Restrictions: Use

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


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


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