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Quimby correspondence with James Griffin

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-56

Collection Description

Correspondence between George Quimby and Jimmy Griffin from 1939-1981. Their correspondence relates to personal matters as well as anthropology, cultural artifacts, and studies of American Indians. Several letters mention James Zumberge, Grand Valley State College’s first president.


  • 1931-1981


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


George Quimby grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan. He earned his master’s degree there in anthropology. He was classmates with James Griffin who was employed by the University of Michigan until he retired. After Quimby graduated, he worked at Louisiana State University, Chicago’s Field Museum, and the University of Washington. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in anthropology from Grand Valley. His area of interest was the origins of American Indians and their cultural relationships within the New World.


0.17 Linear feet (1 box)

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Source of Acquisition

Acquired as part of George Quimby’s anthropological library when donated to Grand Valley State University through Jan Brashler.
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States