COLLECTION GUIDES

1831-1923

Offsite Storage Inventory

Restrictions on Access

The Arthur Howard Nichols papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of Boston physician Arthur H. Nichols's diaries (1852-1923); personal reminiscences of his life from 1840-1894 containing descriptions of trips to Europe in 1863-64, 1866-68, and 1894, and copies of letters from his wife Elizabeth F. Nichols from Europe (1878); and scrapbooks (1858-1905), including several with photographically illustrated descriptions of trips to Europe in 1896, 1898, 1901, and 1902, a trip to Cuba in 1901, and a trip to Puerto Rico in 1905.

Collection Description

The papers of Boston physician Arthur H. Nichols include diaries (1852-1923); personal reminiscences of his life from 1840-1894 containing descriptions of trips to Europe in 1863-64, 1866-68, and 1894, and copies of letters from his wife Elizabeth F. Nichols from Europe (1878); and scrapbooks (1858-1905), including several with photographically illustrated descriptions of trips to Europe in 1896, 1898, 1901, and 1902, and a trip to Puerto Rico in 1905.

Experiences noted throughout include Nichols's time as a student at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (Class of 1862, Medical School Class of 1866); membership in Boston and medical societies and clubs; his profession as a physician; and his interest in public health issues.

Ten volumes of diaries, kept from 1852-1858, 1860-1862, and 1894-1923 describe Nichols's daily activities, including his studies at Boston Latin School and Harvard University (Class of 1862); social engagements and attendance at professional meetings and events, Nichols's research and interest in bells, and commentary on local and national current events. Occasional entries note Nichols's medical practice and his growing interest in public health issues. Nine additional pocket journals labeled "memoranda for journals," kept from 1887-1903, and 1905 contain abbreviated entries probably used by Nichols to write his diary entries.

Also included are three volumes of scrapbooks detailing Nichols's foreign travel. In addition to photographs and sketches the volumes contain diary-like entries describing Nichols's travels in Europe (1896, 1898, 1901, and 1902); Cuba (1901); and Puerto Rico (1905).

The collection also includes a volume containing lists of Nichols's patients in Boston and during summers at Rye Beach, N.H., including each patient's disease or complaint (1868-1884), a few receipts for medical services issued by Jacob Bigelow (1831-1854), and a "Historical Sketch of Some of the Descendants of Richard Nichols of Ipswich" compiled by A.H. Nichols, 1880-1887.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the grandchildren of A. H. Nichols, Apr. 1969.

Restrictions on Access

The Arthur Howard Nichols papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Summary Description of the Collection

Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1852-1853
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1853-1855
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1855-1862
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, Feb. 1860-Nov. 1861
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1894-1896
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1897-1905
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1906-1909
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1910-1913
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1914-1917
Carton 1SH 155B O
Diary, 1918-1923
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, Oct. 1887 - Dec. 1891
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, 1892-1893
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, 1894
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, 1894 - Dec. 1897
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, 1898-1899
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, Jan. 1900 - Jun. 1901
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, Aug. 1901 - Sept. 1902
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, 1902-1903
Carton 2SH 155C P
Memoranda for journals, 1905 (Mar.-Dec.)
Carton 2SH 155C P
Personal reminiscences, 1840-1861
Carton 2SH 155C P
Personal reminiscences, 1862-1875
Carton 2SH 155C P
Personal reminiscences, 1876-1885
Carton 2SH 155C P
Personal reminiscences, 1886-1894
Carton 2SH 155C P
Scrapbook, "Foreign Travel," 1896
Carton 3SH 155D Q
Scrapbook, "Foreign Travel," 1898, 1901
Carton 3SH 155D Q
Scrapbook, "Foreign Travel," 1898, 1901, 1905
Carton 3SH 155D Q
Patients daybook, 1868-1884
Carton 3SH 155D Q
Scrapbook, 1855-1905
Carton 3SH 155D Q
Scrapbook, ca. 1895-1905
Carton 3SH 155D Q
Scrapbook, ca. 1871-1905
Carton 3SH 155D Q
"A Historical Sketch of Some of the Descendants of Richard Nichols, of Ipswich. By Arthur Howard Nichols. Boston, 1880-1887"

Preferred Citation

Arthur Howard Nichols papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Nichols, Richard, d. 1674
Nichols family.
Nichols family--Genealogy.
Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879.
Nichols, Elizabeth Fisher, 1844-1929.

Organizations:

Boston Latin School (Mass.).
Harvard University--Students.

Subjects:

Bells--Massachusetts.
Diseases--Massachusetts--Boston.
Diseases--New Hampshire--Rye Beach.
Medicine--Societies, etc.
Physicians--Diaries.
Physicians--Massachusetts--Boston.
Physicians--New Hampshire--Rye Beach.
Public health.
Students--Diaries.
Teenagers--Diaries.
Voyages and travels--Diaries.
Voyages and travels--Photographs.
Scrapbooks--1858-1905.
Clubs--Massachusetts--Boston.
Cuba--Description and travel.
Cuba--Description and travel--Photographs.
Europe--Description and travel--1800-1918.
Europe--Description and travel--Photographs.
Puerto Rico--Description and travel.
Puerto Rico--Description and travel--Photographs.
Schools--Massachusetts--Boston.
Diaries--1852-1858, 1860-1862, 1894-1923.