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John Spangler Nicholas papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 929

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, and research files (1914-1963) documenting the professional career and personal life of John Spangler Nicholas, a biologist and zoologist. His academic work, editorial contributions to the Journal of Experimental Zoology, and scientific research are detailed. Correspondents include: Ross Granville Harrison, Charles Rupert Stockard, and the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology.

The Nicholas Papers are arranged in thirty-three (33) boxes and one folio, and total thirteen linear feet. The papers are arranged in the following six series:
  1. I. CORRESPONDENCE, 1918-1963
  2. II. ORGANIZATIONS, 1918-1963
  3. III. YALE UNIVERSITY, 1917-1963
  4. IV. WRITINGS, 1914-1962
  5. V. RESEARCH FILES, 1938-1963
  6. VI. PERSONAL FILES, 1918-1939
SERIES I. CORRESPONDENCE, 1918-1963, contains General and Select files of letters to and from Nicholas, primarily during his professional career as a biologist, zoologist, and editor of a scholarly journal. Correspondents include Ross Granville Harrison and Miroslava Pavlovic.

SERIES II. ORGANIZATIONS, 1918-1963, contains an alphabetical arrangement of files concerning organizations, societies, associations, and bodies which Nichoals joined, supported, or was involved with in the course of his academic and professional work. This series includes material relating to Nicholas' manpower study work on behalf of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (box 6, folders 52-56), the National Research Council (boxes 8-10, folders 63-77), the National Roster of Scientific and Specialized Personnel (box 10, folders 78-82), and the United States Departments of Labor and HEW (boxes 13-14, folders 108-11).

SERIES III. YALE UNIVERSITY, 1917-1963, contains material relating to Nicholas' academic and administrative work on behalf of the Department of Zoology, the Osborn Zoological Laboratory, and the Sheffield Scientific School. Student grades and teaching files are also included in this series.

SERIES IV. WRITINGS, 1914-1962, is arranged in two sections: John S. Nicholas and Others. Nicholas files include his student notes from several courses and drafts of articles and speeches. Others files contain drafts of works by colleagues, including Ross Granville Harrison.

SERIES V. RESEARCH FILES, contains material on specific grant-funded projects Nicholas pursued and/or conducted, samples of notes, drawings, and photographs relating to amphibian and rat research and publications, and laboratory materials.

SERIES VI. PERSONAL FILES, 1918-1939, contains photographs and memorabilia of Nicholas.

A folio in Series VI contains large research charts and memorabilia.

Dates

  • 1914-1963

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

Box 19, student grades, is restricted for 75 years from date of creation.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of John S. Nicholas, 1964.

Arrangement

Arranged in six series: I. Correspondence, 1918-1963. II. Organizations, 1918-1963. III. Yale University, 1917-1963. IV. Writings, 1914-1962. V. Research Files, 1938-1963. VI. Personal Files, 1918-1939.

Extent

13 Linear Feet (33 boxes, 1 folio)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0929

Overview

The papers consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, and research files (1914-1963) documenting the professional career and personal life of John Spangler Nicholas, a biologist and zoologist. His academic work, editorial contributions to the Journal of Experimental Zoology, and scientific research are detailed. Correspondents include: Ross Granville Harrison, Charles Rupert Stockard, and the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology.

Biographical / Historical

John S. Nicholas was born on March 10, 1893 [or 1895] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. (1916) and M.S. (1917) from Pennsylvania College, and his Ph.D. from Yale University (1921). Nicholas held several academic positions at Yale University, including Bronson Professor of Comparative Anatomy (1935-1939), Sterling Professor of Biology (1939-1962), and Chairman of the Department of Zoology (1946-1956). He also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Zoology (1946-), as managing editor of the Journal (1947-), and as director of the Osborn Zoological Laboratory at Yale University (1947-). Nicholas was also a contributing member to many professional societies and organizations. He died in September, 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Title
Guide to the John Spangler Nicholas Papers
Author
compiled by William E. Brown, Jr. and John Espy
Date
August 1984
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 1998: Finding aid revision description not supplied.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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