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Martin Joseph Griffin and family fonds [textual record, textual record (microform)]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

3.4 m of textual records.
2 microfilm reels : negative and positive.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of personal and family papers; correspondence; journals kept by Griffin concerning his personal life and work in the Library of Parliament; poetry; prose notes and clippings for articles and lectures by Griffin; scapbooks containing clippings from various newspapers. Also included are Griffin family papers, microfilm reel M-289; and extracts of general interest, 1905-1916 from the diaries of Martin Joseph Griffin, Joint-Librarian of Parliament. There are also microfilmed notes, verses and correspondence of Mary E. Griffin, Brian Meredith, Philip Griffin and Martin Joseph Griffin, 1894-1921, n.d., microfilm reel A-1086.

Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel A-1086
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-289
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
from 1 to 23
90: Open
Textual records: microform
96: Restrictions vary
Microfilm reel
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Textual records The finding aid is a descriptive list. MSS0080 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Martin Joseph Griffin was born in St. John's, Nfld. and attended St. Mary's College in Halifax, N.S. He was called to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1868. From 1868 to 1874, he served as editor of the Halifax Express and in 1874 he was an unsuccessful Conservative candidate for the Nova Scotia provincial legislature. He was editor of the Halifax Herald, 1874-1878, and of the Toronto Mail, 1881-1885, and he served as secretary of the Civil Service Commission, 1880-1885. He was appointed Parliamentary Librarian in 1885 and held this position until his retirement in 1920. Griffin's daughter, Mrs. C.P. Meredith, collected copies of his letters in preparation for a biography.

Additional information

Correspondence, volumes 1-3, received in 1947 from Colonel C.P. Meredith. Journals, articles and miscellaneous papers, volumes 3-8, received in 1968 from Mrs. A. Garneau of Ottawa, Ont. Scrapbooks, volume 9-20, transferred in 1970 from the Library of Parliament. Volumes 21-23 received in 1986 from Brian Meredith. Microfilm of family papers, reel A-1086, received in 1979 through the London office. Microfilm of diaries from Mrs. C.P. Meredith, Ottawa, 1957.

Related materials
Photographs of Martin Joseph Griffin and family can be located in the C.P. Meredith fonds, MG 29 E 62.

Citation / reference note
See: Encyclopedia Canadiana, vol. 5, p. 41.

Availability of other formats note
Extracts from the journal series, 1905-1919, are also available on microfilm, reel M-289.

Associated material note
The June 21 issue of the "Santamarian", the year book of St. Mary's College in Halifax, transferred to the National Archives Library.

Subject heading

1. Journalists - Canada, [1852-1984] Philip G. Griffin, [1894-1921]
2. Librarians - Canada, [1852-1984] Canadian Pacific Railway, [1894-1921]
3. Martin Joseph Griffin - Family, [1863-1984] "The History of Canada", [1894-1921]
4. Martin Joseph Griffin - Correspondence, [1852-1923] "The Harwarden Horace", [1894-1921]
5. Martin Joseph Griffin - Career, [1863-1984] Mary Eulalie Griffin, [1894-1921]
6. Colonel C. P. Meredith - Correspondence, [1852-1923] Lady Eastlake, [1894-1921]
7. Mrs. C. P. Meredith - Correspondence, [1852-1923] Fanny Burney, [1894-1921]
8. Martine Joseph Griffin - Diaries, [1905-1919] Toronto Mail, 1880-1885.
9. Poetry, [1866-1900]
10. Poets, Canadian - Manuscripts, [1866-1900] Canada. Library of Parliament, [1905-1919]
11. Martin Joseph Griffin - Manuscripts, [1871-1921]
12. Authors, Canadian - Manuscripts, [1871-1921] Senator L. G. Power, [1852-1923]
13. Lectures and lecturing - Canada, [1871-1921]]
14. Toronto (Ont.) - Newspapers, [1880-1912] Goldwin Smith, [1852-1923]
15. Montreal (Quebec) - Newspapers, [1880-1912] Charles Grey, Earl Grey, [1852-1923]
16. Scrapbooks - Canada, [1880-1912]
17. Griffin family, [1894-1921]
18. Mary E. Griffin - Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc., [1894-1921]
19. Brian Meredith - Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc., [1894-1921]
20. Ottawa (Ont.) - Photographs, [1894-1921]
21. Parliament Buildings (Ottawa, Ont.) .
22. Édifices du Parlement (Ottawa, Ont.)
23. Tupper, Charles, Sir, 1821-1915.
24. Tupper, Charles Hibbert, Sir, 1855-1927.
25. Macdonald, John A. (John Alexander), 1815-1891.


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