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.
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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.
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