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Selected papers of William G. Purcell

Identifier: Ax 267

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes architectural plans, correspondence, reference materials, and literary manuscripts that reflect the career of William Gray Purcell, architect.


  • 1919-1964


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

William Gray Purcell (1880-1965) was an architect in partnership with George Grant Elmslie (1869-1952). They designed buildings in the "Prairie" or "Progressive" style in the East (Pennsylvania), the Midwest (Minnesota and Illinois), and the West (Oregon).


3.5 linear feet (3 containers)

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William G. Purcell (1880-1965) was an architect in the firm of Purcell and Elmslie (active 1907-1921). The collection includes architectural drawings, correspondence, publications, and literary manuscripts.

Related Archival Materials note

William Gray Purcell Papers (N3), Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

William Gray Purcell papers, #15\3\m.119, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, March 1986.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Selected Papers of William G. Purcell
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Language of description note
Finding aid is in English
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA