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Bessie Alva Griffiths Papers

Identifier: 1969-020

The Bessie Alva Griffiths Collection contains photographs, memorabilia, and papers such as programs and miscellaneous correspondence and receipts. The dates of items in the collection range from 1888 to 1940. Original order of materials has been adhered to whenever possible.

Correspondence and receipts are arranged in chronological order.

Included among the papers in the Griffiths Collection are materials belonging to Griffiths' roommate Katherine Dick, who may have been associated with the Harris County School for Girls, and a manuscript which may have been written by Bessie Griffiths.


  • 1888-1940


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


1.00 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

Native Houstonian Bessie Griffiths was born on January 27, 1896. She studied piano with Ima Hogg, the daughter of former governer James Hogg, who gave music lessons to a select group of students before going on to become a leading local art patron. Between 1912 and 1916 Griffiths studied with various teachers in Europe. After her return to Houston, Griffiths performed with the Houston Symphony, gave recitals accompanied by her sister Florence, and taught piano at a studio that she maintained in her home. Griffiths died on January 13, 1974.

Processing Information

Original processing: J. Ranee Clark, 1997

Reprocessing: Julie Grob, 1998

Guide to the Bessie Alva Griffiths Papers
J. Ranee Clark, Julie Grob
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA