Papers of the Nichols-Shurtleff family, 1780-1953 (inclusive), 1850-1940 (bulk)

About this Collection

Nichols family.
Collection Title
Papers of the Nichols-Shurtleff family, 1780-1953 (inclusive), 1850-1940 (bulk)
7.72 linear ft. (17 file boxes, 3 half file boxes)
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
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Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Reynolds, Grace Morrison Poole
Appleton, William Sumner
Baker, Ronald
Blackwell, Alice Stone
Bok, Edward William
Briggs, L. Vernon (Lloyd Vernon)
Cabot, Elise Pumpelly
Cabot, Ella Lyman
Clarke, Sarah
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Content Notes

This collection consists mostly of correspondence and diaries, but also contains financial papers, manuscripts, pamphlets and clippings. The Nichols' parents' letters discuss domestic concerns, business ventures, social activities, family news, and trips abroad. The papers of the daughters document their social activities, travels, and their individual pursuits: Rose's interest in landscape architecture, Marian's philanthropic and civic activities, and Margaret's role as the mother of six children and an activist for the cause of world peace. The travel diaries of Margaret Shurtleff's mother-in-law, Sarah Ann Keegan Shurtleff record her thoughts about people and places she encountered abroad. There are also Keegan family correspondence; handbound volumes written by Sarah Shurtleff's daughter, Gertrude Hope Shurtleff, an amateur poet, artist, and writer; photos of family members and of places visited; and papers about and sketches by the sculptor, Augustus St. Gaudens, a relative of Elizabeth Nichols.

Biographical Notes

A well-to-do Boston family whose female members were active in social and civic affairs, women's suffrage, and art. The collection centers on Dr. Arthur Howard Nichols (1840-1923), his wife Elizabeth Fisher Homer Nichols (1844-1929), and their three daughters: Rose Standish Nichols, (1872-1960), a landscape architect; Marian Clarke Nichols (1873-1953), active in civil service reform and other civic and philanthropic causes; and Margaret Homer Nichols Shurtleff (1879-1959). Also represented are members of the Keegan and Shurtleff families, especially Sarah Ann Keegan Shurtleff.