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Belver Griffith's papers now available for research

August 8, 2011

Here's a guest post from Archives intern Phoebe Kowalewski: The papers of the late Belver Griffith have been processed and are now ready for research use. A former professor at the iSchool, Belver Griffith is internationally recognized for his contributions in scientific communication, citation analysis and bibliometrics. He became a Drexel faculty member in 1969. During his tenure he was instrumental in establishing the doctoral degree program in information science. He also continued to research and write voraciously, often collaborating with other scholars in his field, including Derek de Solla Price, Nicholas Mullins, and others. Many of the resulting articles, reports and books remain among the most cited of their field. After over twenty years at Drexel, Griffith received emeritus status in 1992. He died in Philadelphia in 1999. The Belver Griffith papers shed much light on the acclaimed professor's scholarly activities from the 1960s until the late 1980s. Given the importance of his research, this collection of primary sources serves as a treasure trove for students and scholars in the field of information science. The collection primarily consists of Dr. Griffith's correspondence with collaborators and other scholars studying scientific communication and information science. Included with these correspondences are drafts and edited manuscripts of several articles and reports. Examining these materials, researchers will get an intimate view of the exhaustive intellectual and collaborative processes that are behind Griffith's work. Also of interest are several lectures, information on the awards Griffith received, a memoir dating from 1972, and reports of professional activities. Due to issues of confidentially, some portions of the collection are restricted. Researchers who want to use this collection may contact the archives.
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