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MS Am 2656

Nichols, Rose Standish. Rose Standish Nichols papers, 1877-1922: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2656
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Nichols, Rose Standish.
Title: Rose Standish Nichols papers,
Date(s): 1877-1922.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers of American landscape architect and writer, Rose Standish Nichols.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

60M-228. Bequest of Miss Rose Standish Nichols, through Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Homer, Main Street, Sherborn, Massachusetts; received: 1960 November 9.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Rose Standish Nichols Papers, 1877-1922 (MS Am 2656). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Rose Standish Nichols and the Nichols family are:

Biographical / Historical

Rose Standish Nichols (1872-1960) was one of America's first professional female landscape and garden designers, a writer of garden history and criticism, a lifelong pacificist, and a women's rights activist. She was the daughter of Dr. Arthur Howard Nichols (1840-1923) and Elizabeth Fisher Homer Nichols (1844-1929) of Boston, Massachusetts. She published three books and many articles on European garden design, helped found the Woman's International League for Peace and Freedom, and remained single her entire life.
She was a favorite niece of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens; he encouraged her interest in garden design and she became his confidante through a rich correspondence. Augusta F. Homer Saint-Gaudens, the wife of Augustus, was also close to Rose Nichols and they frequently wrote each other.


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Scope and Contents

This collection primarily concerns the close relationship between Rose Standish Nichols and her uncle, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and also relates his wife Augusta F. Homer Saint-Gaudens, and their family. Includes correspondence, a diary belonging to Rose Nichols, numerous photographs of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and other materials. There is also an incomplete autograph manuscript draft (by Nichols) of a biographical sketch of Saint-Gaudens.
Correspondence includes a large group of letters from Saint-Gaudens to Rose Nichols (but none from her) concerning his life and work. Includes autograph manuscript transcripts of these letters compiled by Nichols. Also with: a large group of letters from Augusta Saint-Gaudens to Nichols; a few letters from friends and colleagues to Augustus Saint-Gaudens including Henry James (copy only), Henry Adams (copy only), Daniel Chester French, and others; and one letter from Homer Saint-Gaudens to Rose Nichols.


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