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Correspondence, manuscripts, and documents relating to the printing firm of John Nichols and Son, covering a period from 1713, when the original firm of William Bowyer, the Elder (1663-1737), was burned, until the death of John Gough Nichols in 1873. The correspondence concerns primarily the social and domestic affairs of John Nichols (1745-1826) and of his family from 1766 to 1812. Scattered letters from business associates and minor authors are included, among them a group of letters from John Pridden (1758-1825), author and antiquary. The correspondence of John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863) concerns the Nichols firm from 1799 to 1855. There are also several letters of, and relating to, William Bowyer (1699-1777), the senior partner of John Nichols. The collection also contains a volume of letters of condolence written at the time of John Nichols' death. The manuscripts in the collection consist primarily of the poetry of John Nichols, much of which was published in newspapers of the late 18th century. The manuscripts of John Bowyer Nichols concern his father and family. There are also contracts, bills, receipts, accounts, pamphlets, broadsides, engravings, and a group of 277 portraits.
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This collection is located on-site.
Researchers must use the microfilm copy of this collection. Request MN#81-0859.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nichols family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Alternate Form Available
Microfilm available. MN#81-0859.
Ownership and Custodial History
The items in this collection were mounted in seven scrapbooks, bearing the annotations of John Bowyer Nichols. It is likely that they once formed part of a series called "Family Records", gathered and bound by J.B. Nichols during the mid-nineteenth century and later sold at auction by Sotheby's.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Typographic Library. Accession number--M-59.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/1989.
2019-06-18 Added box list. kws