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Ellen Griffin Papers

Identifier: MSS 0130

Content Description

This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, notes, publications, records, and audiovisual materials related to Ellen Griffin, National Golf Foundation, Athletic Federation of College Women, and Griffin's career as a golf instructor. The collection contains materials related to her time as a Woman's College (now UNCG) Physical Education professor and coach, as a golf education consultant at National Golf Foundation, and as the founder, owner, and instructor at Griffin's golf teaching facility known as The Farm.


  • 1929 - 2002
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1980


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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical / Historical

Ellen Griffin (1918-1986), was an educator, author, renowned golf instructor, and advocate for women in sports. Griffin received her B.S. in Physical Education from Woman's College (now UNCG) in 1940 and her M.A. from UNC Chapel Hill in 1943. Griffin was a faculty member at Woman's College (later UNCG) from 1940 to 1968. She coauthored Golf Manual for Teachers with Betty Hicks in 1947. Griffin taught at UNCG for 28 years, with the exception of a two-year leave of absence to serve as an education consultant for the National Golf Foundation in the early 1960s. Griffin left UNCG in 1968 to found her own golf teaching facility near Greensboro known as The Farm. Among her many contributions to the field of women's golf, Griffin helped found the Women's Professional Golf Association in the late 1940s. The organization ended due to a lack of funding after the war. A few years later, successors founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Griffin was awarded LPGA Teacher of the Year in 1962, instructed numerous golf instructors, and helped improve the stroke of numerous professional golf players. Her students and colleagues noted her positivity and sense of humor as well as that she was not just an instructor of golf but also of life.


0.42 Linear Feet (2 boxes) : 16 folders, 2 scrapbooks, and several audiovisual items

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  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Physical Description

2 boxes, including 16 folders, 2 scrapbooks, and several audiovisual items

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US