Archive/Manuscript — 10 linear ft. (19 boxes; 1 folder)
The Richard Purvis Collection contains original music manuscripts for organ, piano, and choral works composed by Richard Purvis (1913-1994), both published and unpublished, as well as his personal collection of printed music scores for organ, piano, duet music, and choral works by various composers. Many of the music manuscripts and scores have markings and notations made by Purvis during his career as organist at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral (1947-1971) and as a performer in other venues. Among the many composers represented in the collection are J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, César Franck, George Frideric Handel, Olivier Messiaen, and Maurice Ravel. The collection also contains photographs (some autographed) of Purvis, his family, and friends; correspondence, including letters and postcards; programs of his concerts; newspaper and magazine articles; and instructional materials related to his teaching.