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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2656
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Nichols, Rose Standish.
Title: Rose Standish Nichols papers,
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.
Other collections relating to Rose Standish Nichols and the Nichols family are:
- Arthur Asahel Shurcliff papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
- Arthur Howard Nichols papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
- Emerson and Nichols family papers, State Library of Massachusetts.
- Nichols family papers, Nichols House Museum, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts.
- Papers of the Nichols-Shurtleff family, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University.
- Rose Nichols papers, Historic New England Library and Archives.
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.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Other papers
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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