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  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Watson Nicholson Papers
    creator: Nicholson, Watson
    Identifier/Call Number: M0157
    Physical Description: 4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1903-1921

    Scope and Contents

    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 Some unpublished material.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

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    1866, Sept. 23 student through junior year at Indiana U.
      born, Pendleton, Ind., son of Abraham and Maria (Davis) Nicholson.
    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 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.
      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
    1951, Dec. 2 died - last address: Michigan

    Preferred Citation

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

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research. Note that material is stored off-site and must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.


    Gift of W. Nicholson, ca. 1950.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    England -- Theater
    British literature
    Nicholson, Watson