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Knox Griffin papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS845f

Scope and Content

This collection documents Knox Griffin's work, accolades, and personal life. It contains two business ledgers which detail financial transactions for the homes he designed in Atlanta, Georgia, between 1955 and 1967. Materials also include his marriage certificate, passport, Kentucky Colonel certificate, and poems.


  • 1966-1999, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Knox Angus Griffin (1909-1999) was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to James Alpha Griffin (1873-1974) and Sarah Adeline Griffin (1879-1963). He had three brothers, James Alpha Jr. (1906-1988), Mack E. (1913-?), and John Cyrus (1919-1951). In 1943, he married Helen Brooks (1912-1967). Griffin worked as an assistant librarian at the Carnegie Library in Atlanta, an employee at General Motors, and an architect at his own firm, Knox A. Griffin and Associates. He claimed to have designed more houses in the south than any other architect. In 1966, he was granted membership to the American Institute of Architects and served on the Board of Directors. Later, he moved to an assisted living facility in Franklin, North Carolina, where he spent his final years.


2 folder(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2015

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Knox Griffin papers
Hallie Lonial
April 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305