Guide to the Watson Nicholson Papers , ca. 1903-1921

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Guide to the Watson Nicholson Papers , ca. 1903-1921

Collection number: M0157

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
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Date Completed:
ca. 1965
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Watson Nicholson Papers ,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1903-1921
Collection number: Special Collections M0157
Creator: Nicholson, Watson, 1866-1951.
Extent: 4 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance

Gift of W. Nicholson, ca. 1950.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Watson Nicholson Papers , M0157, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Content

Literary manuscripts, research notes, copies of research material, clips, lectures, essays, printed material. Predominantly research material and manuscripts of published works on British theatre. Some unpublished material. Other subjects include; censorship, Victorian era, Thackeray, Defoe's JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR, and various English literature topics.

Biographical Note

1866, Sept. 23 born, Pendleton, Ind., son of Abraham and Maria (Davis) Nicholson.
  student through junior year at Indiana U.
1884 - 1887 teacher in Indiana schools
1892 A.B., Stanford
1892 - 1894, 1897 - 1901 teacher in California schools
1895 M.A., Harvard Graduate School
1895 - 1897 teacher at Harvard
1897, Sept. 1 married Florence Emily Beaver
1903 Ph.D., Yale
1903 - 1905 engaged in university extension teaching
1905 and 1907 traveled and studied in Europe
1905 - 1908 instructor, English Literature at Sheffield Scientific School (Yale)
1910 - 1915 worked in British Museum
  Member: Harvard Teachers' Association, A.A.A.S., American Academy of Political and Social Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Chi.
  Hon. Member: Mark Twain Society
  Clubs: Authors' (London); Stanford, Fortnightly, Harvard, Yale
  Author: A Syllabus of Six Lectures on American Literature with bibliography, 1903; The Struggle for a Free Stage in London, 1906; discovered all the sources of Defoe's famous Journal (1913), previously regarded as fiction, published as Historical Sources of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, 1919; Anthony Aston, Stroller and Adventurer, 1920.
1951, Dec. 2 died - last address: Michigan

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Patents, petitions, grants and other documents from the Patent Office and Lord Chamberlain's office and other archives in London, relating to the theaters, patentees, managers, actors, etc., transcriptions of Vol. I - Tudors and Stuarts.

Box 1, Volume 2 (vol.)

Patents, etc. - Transcriptions of Vol. II, includes correspondence with and notes for Lucy Drucker, transcriber, 1920and 1921,holograph transcriptions and appendices - chron. list of important facts connected with history of theatrical monopoly, copies of various theatrical patents and licences, Parliamentary legislation regulating plays and players, copies of plans for proposed new theatres, copies of petitions and other docs. re: Council proceedings, of 1810for a third theater, copies of docs. illustrative of struggle between 1832and 1843,misc., alphabetical list of minor theaters established in London prior to 1843,bibliography.

Box 1, Folder 3

Miscellaneous Notes - The Minor Theaters

Box 2, Folder 4

Reports of Select Committees 1832, 1853, 1866, 1892, 1909

Box 2, Folder 5

Miscellany - list of Lords Chamberlain and Examiners, bibliography of censored plays, laws regulating theater and drama in England, state of the London stage at various periods 1844 - 1873,censorship considered by critics, etc., censorship - examples of absurdities, Archer notes - Shaw's criticism - Cibber notes, censorship in France, 19th century stage in England, Strictures by Zangwill, Filin, Fortnightly Review, TLS 1921J.M. Stillman.

Box 2, Folder 6

18th Century - Manners, Coronation of George II, Chapter from The Struggle - Little Theater & G.F., Goodman's Field Theater, Revolt of 1733, censored plays.

Box 2, Folder 7

19th Century - Notes - Lenten controversy, censored plays, clippings, censorship in France.

Box 3, Folder 8

Censored Plays - newspaper clips. and some notes. ALS 1909Frank E. Bryant.

Box 3, Folder 9

The Struggle for a Free Stage in London -

Physical Description: 2 ptd., unbound, uncut copies.
Box 3, Folder 10

The Victorian Era - notes and misc. notes on Thackeray's works. Tennyson, Browning (Lounsbury); Vanity Fair, Pendennis, Yellowplush Correspondence, Christmas Books, Sketch Books, Esmond, Newcomes.

Box 3, Folder 11

Early Writings of W. Makepeace Thackeray, I and II.

Box 3, Folder 12

Early Writings of W. Makepeace Thackeray, II, III, IV and V. Notes by Watson Nicholson from contemporary sources.

Box 4, Folder 13

Thomas Betterton and His Colleagues, I. A Study of the Restoration and Post-Restoration Stage and Drama. Notes and copies of - Patent Rolls (1639 - 1664),Docs. from Ld. Chamberlain's Office (1660 - 1685).

Box 4, Folder 14

Thomas Betterton and His Colleagues, II. Short study on actors and managers.

Physical Description: (typescript)
Box 4, Folder 15

The Restoration and Post-Restoration Drama, Thomas Betterton and his Colleagues, III - Sheridaniana.

Physical Description: (notes)
Box 5, Folder 16

Historical Sources of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year and Anthony Aston, Stroller and Adventurer original notes. ALS E. Carter, A.S. Salley, Jr. TLS Oscar Wegelin.

Box 5, Folder 17

Historical Sources of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year (1919)and Anthony Aston, Stroller and Adventurer (1920)original mss.

Box 5, Volume 18 (vol.)

A Diary of the Plague Year.

Physical Description: 2 bound copies of earlier version (bound together), typescript with corrections, some mss.
Box 5, Folder 19

Essays - Literary and otherwise - by Watson Nicholson. Use of the Iliad and Odyssey in Lit. Classes. Aims and methods, aims and scope of English Lit. in Secondary Schools, Science and Rhetoric, Analysis of Structure of Silas Marner, Critical discussion of Bulwer's Pelham, Christopher Marlowe, Dryden's Prefaces, Massachusetts New (currency) Emission: An Episode in American Colonial Finance, Russian Diplomacy as a Factor in the Downfall of Napolean, Russian Diplomacy vs. Napoleonism in War of 1812.

Scope and Content Note

- includes reprints, typescripts (some with ms. corrections).
Box 6, Folder 20

Nicholsoniana - Unpublished mss. by Watson Nicholson. Who was Thackeray before Vanity Fair?, Early Writings of Wm. Makepeace Thackeray, Contemporary Estimate of William Makepeace Thackeray, Debit and Credit Account of Jack Wilton, Side Glances at Dramatic Censorship in England, True History of A Grunenwald Romance, or the Confessions of a Neb (short story), Wm. Lyon Phelps, An Appreciation.

Scope and Content Note

- typescript with ms. corrections, one holograph ms.
Box 6, Folder 21

Evolution of the Master of the Revels - Notes I Notes on the Revels, Revels to 1610.

Physical Description: - ms. notes, clips.
Box 6, Folder 22

II, (Commonwealth, etc.).

Box 7, Folder 23

III, Restoration.

Box 7, Folder 24

IV, 1611 - 1640.

Box 7, Folder 25

V, Sir Henry Herbert regime. - Evolution of the Master of the Revels - Mss., original mss., unpublished, imcomplete. 1st of a planned three vol. History of the Censorship of the English Stage.

Box 7, Folder 26

Chapters I and II, two versions,

Physical Description: typescript with ms. corrections.
Box 7, Folder 27

Chapters III - VI,

Physical Description: typescript with ms. corrections.
Box 7, Folder 28 - 29

Chapters VII and VIII, manuscript - holograph. Chapter X, holograph notes (no Chapter IX).

Physical Description: typescript with ms. corrections,

Scope and Content Note

- TLS [F.R. Lounsbury?].
Box 8, Folder 30

Lincoln Notes and Lecture

Box 8, Folder 31

Notes for Lectures on English Lit (Yale 1901 - 1908).The 17th century, Poets, Elizabethan Prose Writers.

Box 8, Folder 32

Miscellaneous Printed Material and Photo - theater programs, syllabus, articles.

Physical Description: (2)
Box 8, Folder 33

Periander, Tyrant of Corinth - bound, unpublished play by Mrs. Nicholson.