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Guide to the Watson Nicholson Papers , ca. 1903-1921
Special Collections M0157  
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  • 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

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    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.


    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 Some unpublished material.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