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Nicholson (John Page) Papers and Civil War Collection
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Related Materials
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: John Page Nicholson papers and Civil War collection
    Creator: Nicholson, John P. (John Page), 1842-
    Identifier/Call Number: mssNI
    Physical Description: 8.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 64 bound volumes, 1 envelope, 3 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1861-1921
    Abstract: Papers and collection of American Civil War veteran and collector John Page Nicholson.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English with some in French.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. John Page Nicholson papers and Civil War collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Gertrude M. Nicholson, through the agency of Robert O. Schad, September 1922.

    Biographical / Historical

    John Page Nicholson (1842-1921) was a Civil War veteran and collector. From 1861 to 1865, he served as regimental quartermaster with the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry regiment. After the war, he returned to Philadelphia and started collecting books and manuscripts on the Civil War. He also translated and edited two volumes of Comte de Paris' History of the Civil War in America. From 1885 to 1922, he served as recorder in chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and was Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of Gettysburg Monument.

    Scope and Contents

    John P. Nicholson's collection of Civil War manuscripts. Included are items created during the war - official reports, dispatches, communications, soldiers' letters, diaries, maps, etc., and manuscripts written after the war, such as veterans' memoirs, regimental histories, poems, copies of war diaries, etc. Included are Nicholson's own Civil War letters and a typescript copy of the diary that he kept during his military service. Also included are correspondence and papers accumulated by Nicholson during his work on the translation of Comte de Paris' book, his service with the Legion of Honor and his work for the Board of Commissioners on Gettysburg Monument.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff in June 1951. In 2022, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Organized in the following series: 1. Correspondence and documents; 2. Oversize maps.

    Related Materials

    The Huntington Library has several other collections related to John Page Nicholson.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssNI 1-990.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Manuscripts, American -- Collectors and collecting -- Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Sources
    Pennsylvania -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Societies, etc.
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Societies, etc.
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Archives
    Diaries -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Memoirs -- United States -- 19th century
    Military records -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Personal papers -- Pennsylvania
    Professional papers -- Pennsylvania
    Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
    Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885
    Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886
    Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
    Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
    Longstreet, James, 1821-1904
    McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885
    Paris, Louis-Philippe-Albert d'Orléans, comte de, 1838-1894
    Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891
    Gettysburg Battlefield Commission
    Gettysburg National Military Park Commission
    Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Pennsylvania Commandery
    United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 28th (1861-1865)