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Mary Butt Griffith Dobbs papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS111

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials related to the Griffith family, Mary Griffith Dobbs, and the Griffith School of Music in Atlanta. Items includes articles, a scrapbook, music periodicals and booklets, and ephemera from the Griffith School of Music.


  • 1913-1965, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Mary Butt Griffith Dobbs (1890-1970) was born to Mary Burke (Butt) Griffith (1857-1928) and Benjamin Howard Griffith (1853-1902) in Beverly, Georgia. She married John Henry Dobbs (1891-1925) in 1922. They had one daughter, Beverly Dobbs (1928-?). The Griffith family was very involved in music; Mary performed in concerts and musicals nationally. In 1921 her, Mary Burke Griffith, started the Griffith School of Music. The National Bureau for the Advancement of Music recognized the school, and the school started a teaching system that the Fulton County School System adopted. Mary Dobbs, her sister L’Ella Griffith Bedard (1883-1971), and brother William Butt Griffith (1880-1964) worked at the school and kept it operational after their mother passed away in 1928. The Griffith School of Music closed in 1966. In 1997, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


0.417 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1971

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2016.

Mary Butt Griffith Dobbs papers
Brittany Walters
June 2016
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