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Nash Family Music Collection, 1890-1950

Collection Overview

Title: Nash Family Music Collection, 1890-1950

ID: MSS Nash

Primary Creator: Nash, W. Gifford (Wallis Gifford) (1867-1920)

Extent: 1.85 cubic feet

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Nash Family Music Collection consists of published music, primarily for the piano, owned by Wallis Nash and his family. Nash was a church organist and choir director in Corvallis. His children, Dorothea and W. Gifford Nash, were music teachers.

Scope and Content Notes

The Nash Family Music Collection consists of published music (primarily for the piano, with a few pieces for the violin, flute and choir) owned by Wallis Nash and his family. It also includes The Student's Technique: Modern Method for Piano, published by W. Gifford Nash in 1904.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Wallis Nash (1837-1926) immigrated to Oregon from England in 1879. A writer, lawyer, and builder of the Oregon Pacific Railroad, Nash served on the Oregon Agricultural College Board of Regents from 1886 to 1898. While he lived in Corvallis, Nash played the organ and directed the choir at the Church of the Good Samaritan. His daughter, Dorothea Nash (Class of 1895), was a music teacher. His son, W. Gifford Nash, taught piano in Portland during the early 1900s and was Professor of Piano at Montana State University from 1915 to 1920.

Administrative Information

Related Materials: Other materials regarding the Nash Family can be found in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: Nash Family Music Collection (MSS Nash), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Nash, W. Gifford (Wallis Gifford) (1867-1920)
Nash, Dorothea
Nash, Percival (1874-1937)

People, Places, and Topics

Choral music.
Flute music.
Music--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Nash, Dorothea
Nash, W. Gifford (Wallis Gifford), 1867-1920
Piano music.
Student's Technique.
University History
Violin music.

Forms of Material

Sheet music.

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