Correspondence; manuscripts; diaries; clippings; some legal
and financial papers; cards, announcements and invitations; concert and theatre
programs; address books; snapshots and photographs.
Mainly concerning cultural
and social life in San Francisco and Carmel: his role as patron of the arts,
particularly music; his interest in abolition of the death penalty; his support of
Carmelite monasteries in California; his close relationships with his family and
with his friends, many of whom were prominent Negroes.
Noël Sullivan was born in San Francisco on December 25, 1890, the youngest
child and only son of Frank J. and Alice Phelan Sullivan, the nephew of Senator
James D. Phelan, and the grandson of John Sullivan who came west in 1844 with the
"Sullivan-Murphy Party." The family was a wealthy and distinguished one. Young
Sullivan attended the Jesuit colleges of St. Ignatius and Santa Clara, but his
interests were musical, not academic. He studied voice abroad and for a number of
years maintained residence in Paris. During World War I he served as an ambulance
driver with the American Field Service in France.
Number of containers: 135 boxes, 8 cartons
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