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Finding Aid for the Josephina Niggli Book Collection 1882-1975
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Josephina Niggli Book Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1882-1975
    Collection number: 37
    Creator: Niggli, Josephina 1910-1983
    Extent: 4 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: The personal book Collection donated to UCLA by dramatist, writer and teacher, Josephina Niggli.

    n.b. Accents have been removed to facilitate the use of most web browsers.

    Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu
    Physical location: The collection is stored at the Southern Regional Library Facility, UCLA. Voyager ID: 4053653
    Language of Material: Collection materials in Spanish, English


    Access is available by appointment for UCLA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the archivist at archivist@chicano.ucla.edu or the librarian at yretter@chicano.ucla.edu

    Publication Rights

    For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Josephina Niggli Book Collection, 37, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing History

    Processed by CSRC/ Ernesto Martinez, June 2006


    Niggli was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on July 13, 1910. Her father Frederick Ferdinand Niggli, whose Swiss and Alsatian forebears immigrated to Texas in 1836, had moved to Mexico in 1893 and found a job as the manager of a cement plant in the village of Hidalgo. Josephina's mother, Goldie (Morgan) Niggli, was a violinist of Irish, French and German descent.

    In 1925 Niggli was sent to San Antonio, Texas when she was 15 years old to finish her high school education. Afterward she received her B.A. from the College of the Incarnate Word, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in History. She credited Dr. Roehl, head of the English Department at the College of the Incarnate Word, with influencing her to become a writer. During her college years, Niggli published articles in Mexican Life and Ladies' Home Journal. Her early creative efforts earned her prizes both in fiction writing ( Ladies' Home Journal) and poetry (the National Catholic Poetry Contest). She received her M.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1937. While there she wote a number of plays including her master's thesis, Singing Valley in 1936, the Carolina Playmakers produced Tooth or Shave ( 1935, 1936), The Cry of Dolores, Soldadera, The Red Velvet Goat, Azteca, Sunday Costs Five Pesos ( 1936), and The Fair-God ( 1937).

    In 1938 Margaret Mayorga published Niggli's play This Is Villa in The Best One-Act Plays of 1938; Niggli's historical play Soldadera was published in Mayorga The Best One-Act Plays of 1937. In 1939 Niggli began teaching English and drama at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

    Niggli also wrote for radio, television and the film industry

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of Josephina Niggli's book collection. Books are in English and Spanish.