Guide to the Collection on George Nichols, 1847-1912, Bulk: 1847-1849 and 1887-1912
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Collection on George Nichols
About the Collection
The collection consists primarily of biographical information on George Nichols, acting president of Norwich University, 1885-1895, including the correspondence, 1911-1912, of William Arba Ellis as he prepared his sketch of Nichols for publication. Drafts of this sketch can also be found in the collection. Also included is some miscellaneous correspondence of Nichols and the Norwich board of trustees, 1887-1896, and a photograph of George Nichols. There is a record book from the Washington County Teachers Association, 1847-1849, of which Nichols was Secretary. The record book contains the Association’s constitution, meeting minutes and roster of members. Among the topics under discussion was the need for Vermont to form “teachers’ institutes” to train its common school teachers.
About George Nichols
George Nichols was born and died in Northfield, VT. He graduated from Vermont Medical College in Woodstock in 1857. He served as surgeon with the 13th Vermont volunteer infantry regiment during the Civil War. Nichols also served as Vermont Secretary of State from 1865 to 1884 and as Vermont State Librarian from 1848-1853. He was elected president of the Northfield National Bank in 1875. George Nichols served as Norwich University trustee from 1866 to 1907, treasurer from 1866 to 1875, and as acting president from 1885 to 1895. He was elected vice president of Norwich on 25 March 1885 and resigned in June 1895. He married Ellen Maria Blake (d. 1906) in 1852 and the couple had two children, both of whom died in infancy. The collection includes further biographical information on George Nichols.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Nichols, George, 1827-1907
Norwich University. -- President (1885-1895 : Nichols)
Norwich University -- History -- 19th century.
College trustees -- Vermont -- Northfield.
Ellis, William Arba, -- 1869- -- Correspondence.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection on George Nichols, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from Henry W. Hovey to the Norwich University board of trustees, 9 November 1896. Correspondence with trustees file, Collection on George Nichols, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 4 Files Collection Location: Archives 501 — Small Collections, Presidents Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
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