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Henry B. Nicholson papers, 1901-1995 (bulk 1950-1995)
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Processing Note
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Henry B. Nicholson papers
    Collection number: 1863
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 29.4 linear ft. (36 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 13 cartons.)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1950-1995
    Date (inclusive): 1901-2005 (bulk 1950-1995)
    Abstract: Henry Bigger Nicholson (September 5, 1925-March 2, 2007) was Professor and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, dedicated to studying Aztec history, art and religion. The Henry Nicholson collection spans almost the entire 20th century, with the bulk of the material dating between 1950 and 1995. The collection includes his professional and research papers, photographs of excavations, and documentation of exhibitions curated by Nicholson. A large portion of the collection consists of photographs, negatives, contact sheets and photocopies of Aztec art and sculpture. Over the course of his career, Nicholson visited archeological sites, museums and private collections in Mexico, the United States and Europe compiling photographs of Aztec art and sculpture and bibliographic records for the UCLA Aztec Archive, a computerized image storage and retrieval system for the Late Post-classic Central Mexican art and sculpture.
    Language of Materials: Materials are primarily in English, some materials in Spanish and Nahuatl.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: Henry B. Nicholson

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Henry B. Nicholson papers (Collection 1863). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6651427 

    Processing Note

    Processed by Daniella Perry in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2010.
    Additions processed by Kelly Besser, 2013. The additions were minimally processed to facilitate access. Most materials are in their original folders and retain their original folder titles and organization.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    UCLA University Archives acquired this collection in June, 2010 and May, 2011.

    Biography

    Henry Bigger Nicholson (September 5, 1925-March 2, 2007) was Professor and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, dedicated to studying Aztec history, art and religion. Nicholson participated in WWII in Germany and Philippines (1944-1945), studied at University of California, Berkeley and received his PhD in 1958 from Harvard. He started his professional career in 1956 at UCLA. He researched the ethnohistory of the Mesoamerican area co-tradition, conducted field archaeological projects and published over 200 articles and monographs. Nicholson helped excavate Cerro Portezuelo in 1957, near the ancient shores of Lake Texcoco in Central Mexico (A.D. 350 - 1500, now Mexico City). The Cerro Portezuelo Archives at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History is a result of these excavations that were initially started by George Brainerd (1909-1956). This collection's ceramic objects represent the most complete and unbroken sequence for the region. The National Science Foundation provided funds to analyze the excavated materials in 1961 and funded several more projects conducted by Nicholson to catalogue Central Mexico's cultural history.
    Over the course of his career, Nicholson visited archeological sites, museums and private collections in Mexico, the United States and Europe compiling photographs of Aztec art and sculpture and bibliographic records for the UCLA Aztec Archive, a computerized image storage and retrieval system for the Late Post-classic Central Mexican art and sculpture. He was an associate editor for parts 3 and 4 of the Guide to Ethnohistorical Sources, volumes 14 and 15 of the Handbook of Middle American Indians (1975), and was a co-editor of The Work of Bernardino de Sahagún with Quiñones Keber (1988). The Handbook was a collaborative project, sponsored in part by the Library of Congress. Nicholson also helped catalogue other collections around the country and published several codices and reports on Aztec culture.

    Scope and Content

    The Henry B. Nicholson papers span almost the entire 20th century, with the bulk of the material dating between 1950 and 1995. The collection includes his professional and research papers, photographs of excavations, and documentation of exhibitions curated by Nicholson for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). A large portion of the collection consists of photographs, negatives, contact sheets and photocopies of Aztec art and sculpture. The photographs were taken at public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Mexico, and were compiled for the UCLA Aztec Archive. Some of these items have related correspondence from curators and colleagues and discuss acquisition, value, location and interpretations of the items. Several letters are in Spanish and German, but the primary language throughout the collection is English. Another large portion of the collection includes working papers and drafts for the Handbook on Middle American Indians, research notes, articles and papers (original drafts and published) written by other scholars and students.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Aztec Archive
    2. Correspondence
    3. Articles and Manuscripts by Nicholson
    4. Articles and Manuscripts by other authors
    5. Handbook of Middle American Indians
    6. Academic Coursework and Research Materials
    7. Grants and Fellowships.
    The additions maintain the creator's original order but were not arranged into series. The creator's files are listed by box number.

    Related Material

    Cerro Portezuelo Archives,  Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Archaeology Collections Facility, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Henry B. Nicholson---Archives.
    Anthropologists --California --Archival resources.
    Indians of Mexico --Antiquities.