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Herbert J. Wrightson musical compositions and papers, 1822-1987
PASC-M 97  
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  • Title: Herbert J. Wrightson musical compositions and papers
    Collection number: PASC-M 97
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.0 linear ft. (5 flat boxes, 2 document boxes, and 1 shoe box)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1898-1949
    Date (inclusive): 1822-1987
    Abstract: This collection consists primarily of manuscript, published and reprinted publications of music. There are also some personal papers.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Wrightson, Herbert J.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Herbert J. Wrightson Musical Compositions and Papers (Collection PASC-M 97). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Herbert James Wrightson was born on Dec. 20, 1869 in Sunderland, England. After studying in Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1899 and joined the faculty of Wheaton College. Through the years, he also lived in Philadelphia, Dallas, and Chicago, acting as a teacher and a composer. He created dozens of original works, including several sonatas and piano pieces. He also composed music for pre-existing literary works by figures such as Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Baker Eddy. He died on Dec. 24, 1949 in West Lebanon, N.Y.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscript, published and reprinted publications of music by Herbert J. Wrightson, including SATB octavos, sheet music, and anthologies of works for chorus, voice and piano, organ solo and piano solo. There is also a small amount of correspondence with his son Richard, and some personal papers relating to both Herbert and Richard.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1. Musical compositions by Herbert J. Wrightson
    • Series 2. Correspondence
    • Series 3. Personal material regarding Herbert J. Wrightson
    • Series 4. Personal material regarding Richard Wrightson
    • Series 5. Musical compositions by others
    • Series 6. Audio recordings

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3649293 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wrightson, Herbert J. (Herbert James), 1869-1949--Archives.
    Composers--United States--Archives.
    Organ music.
    Songs with piano--Scores.