Records Relating to International Guitar Resear... | Special Collections & Archives
The International Guitar Research Archive (IGRA) was founded in 1980 by Professor Ronald C. Purcell upon the donation of the Vahdah Olcott-Bickford Collection to California State University, Northridge. Originally housed in the Music Department, IGRA now holds one of the world’s largest collections of guitar sheet music, especially works for solo guitar, ensemble pieces for multiple guitars, and ensemble pieces for guitar and other instruments. IGRA also holds accompanying resources documenting the lives and careers of numerous guitarists and professional associations, as well as other guitar-related materials.
IGRA holdings include sheet music, periodicals, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings in numerous formats, printed books, and other materials. Collections documenting the careers of such noted performers as Andrés Segovia, Laurindo Almeida, Vicente Gomez, Randy Rhoads, Neil Anderson, and others are included.