Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US27
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll
Extent480 items in 3 boxes
DescriptionCorrespondence to John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll, mostly written to him while Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Birmingham, and Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon. As an eminent scholar of English drama, Nicoll numbered many actors, theatre producers and dramatists and their letters form a large proportion of this collection. Correspondents include Gordon Bottomley, Edward Gordon Craig, Christopher Fry, Sir Barry Jackson and Laura Knight. A number of letters are written to both Nicoll and his first wife, Josephine or solely to Josephine Nicoll.
ArrangementThe collection is arranged alphabetically by correspondent
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers.
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Administrative HistoryJohn Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll (1894-1976) was Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Birmingham, 1945-1961 and Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon from its establishment by him in 1951. Nicoll was an internationally renowned authority on the history of English drama and was a prolific writer on this subject and on the theory of drama, publishing some thirty books between 1922 and 1973. He was married twice; his first wife, Josephine Calina, a Polish refugee, died in 1962.
Reference: The University of Birmingham, Research Libraries Bulletin (Number 1. Winter 1994).
AcquisitionThe collection was deposited by Nicoll's second wife in 1992/1993.
Archival NoteCatalogued 1996. The collection level description is based on the record created by Caroline Hughes, Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick for the Archives HUB, a JISC-funded service. Amended December 2002
Related MaterialUniversity of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students.


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