David Griffiths Collection,
circa 1900-1920
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Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7370
Creators:
Griffiths, David, 1867-1935
Dates:
circa 1900-1920
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
42.82 cu. ft. (43 document boxes) (32 12x17 boxes) (21 5x8 boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Introduction
Introduction
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This collection consists of glass plate negatives of cacti, primarily of the genus opuntia, taken in their natural habitat. Also included are a few negatives of foreign publications on cacti. A 41-page index to the negatives is available in the Archives.
Negative and Box List
This collection has been rehoused into 4 categories by size and negative number: boxes 1 through 32, 8 x 10" negatives; Boxes 33 through 53, 5 x 7" negatives; Boxes 54 through 95, broken 8 x 10" and 5 x 7" negatives; box 96, nitrate negatives. A list found in the control file containing brief descriptions linking negative number and photograph subject has been included with this box list.
A few prints are interfiled with the negatives for negative numbers: 946, 947, 988, 989, 1089, 1184, 1460, 1478, 1494, 1520, 1528, 1541, 1542, 1543, 1544, 1709, 2061, 2068, 2070, 2250, 2251, 2260, 2261, 2264, 2265, 2267, 2269, 2304, 2319, 2320, 2980, 3052, 3164, 3165, 3190, 3191, 3192, 3850, 3851, 3852, 3854, 3948, 3949, 4104.

Historical Note
Historical Note
David Griffiths (1867-1935), a botanist, received his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1900. He joined the Bureau of Plant Industry, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1901 as an assistant agrostologist and was promoted to agriculturist in 1907, and horticulturist in 1918. He remained with the USDA for his entire career. Griffiths was an authority on cacti, especially the genus Opuntia. His collection of cacti was donated to the United States National Museum in 1935.

Notes
Personal Papers

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7370, David Griffiths Collection
Access Restriction
Some negatives are broken.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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United States National Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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United States. Bureau of Plant Industry Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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