Scope and arrangement
The Josephine Nichols Papers consist of papers regarding her career. Any personal correspondence within the collection is related to a productions or other aspect of Josephine Nichols' career. There are clippings and programs from productions, notes on teaching and business related correspondence such as contracts for both her teaching and acting careers. The personal papers are generally business related: resumes, brief biographical sketches and notes. Although Josephine Nichols was a follower of the Bahai' Faith and a licensed teacher of the Alexander Technique, there are very few references to those aspects of her life. The bulk of the papers begin with Josephine Nichols's years at Adelphi College is 1949 and end in the 1990s at her retirement. Josephine's many notes on teaching her Shakespeare Seminar and acting her one-woman production Sonnets and Scenes from Shakespeare are in depth and detailed. A few of the productions have snapshots included.
The Josephine Nichols papers are arranged in three series:
- 1949-19909 folders
This series contains resumes, press blurbs, clippings and promotional materials used in the course of Josephine Nichols's career. There are a few papers from the courses she took and also included is a short (2 pg.) memoir by Josephine about her training in acting.
- 1948-197628 folders
This series contains papers relating to the teaching career of Josephine Nichols. Contracts, correspondence and teaching notes are included. It is divided as follows:
- 1958-19902 boxes (86 folders)
This series contains papers, clippings, programs, correspondence and contracts. Occasionally snapshots and ephemera are included. It is divided as follows: