Consuelo “Connie” Garza Griffith was born in 1904 in Rio Grande City, Texas, to a wealthy family. She entered the University of Texas when she was 15, majoring in Spanish and French. She graduated with her B.A. in 1922 at the age of 18. Griffith then went on to get her Masters in 1926 from the University of Texas, while teaching at the University. During World War II, she took a leave of absence to go to Washington, D.C. to serve as Director of the Division of Education of the Office of Inter-American Affairs. In this post, Griffith traveled around the country to colleges and universities setting up Latin American programs and workshops. Griffith then arrived in New Orleans and taught language at Newcomb in 1950-1951. In 1953, she took over the Manuscripts Department of the Howard-Tilton Library, becoming the founding head of Tulane University’s Special Collections. In this position she worked tirelessly making Tulane’s Special Collections what it is today. She held this position until her retirement in 1974. Griffith was very active in New Orleans’ society and in many local organizations, such as Le Petit Salon, Louisiana Historical Society, Louisiana Landmark’s Society, and Y.W.C.A. She also enjoyed traveling the world, visiting places like, China, United Kingdom, Russia, and Central America. She died in July 1997, at the age of 92.