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Collection Level Description: Papers of Professor Herbert George Nicholas

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Amer. s. 22
Title: Papers of Professor Herbert George Nicholas
Dates of Creation: 1969-1978
Extent: 4 boxes

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Professor George Herbert Nicholas (1911-1998) was educated at Mill Hill School and at New College, Oxford, where he graduated with an MA in 1938. He was a lecturer at Exeter College, Oxford, 1938 and Fellow, 1946-1951. He was a Faculty Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1948-1957 and a Nuffield Reader in the Comparative Study of Institutions, 1956-1969. From 1969 to 1978 he held the post of Rhodes Professor of American History and Institutions, Oxford University, was a Fellow of New College, 1951-1978, Emeritus, 1978-1980 and Honorary Fellow from 1980. He served as Chairman, British Association for American Studies, 1960-1962 and was Vice-President of the British Academy, 1975-1976. From 1989 to 1994 he was Director, New College Development Fund. In the United States, he worked as Visiting Professor, Brookings Institution, Washington, 1960, Albert Shaw Lecturer in Diplomatic History, John Hopkins, Baltimore, 1961, and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton, 1964. He was Visiting Faculty Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard, 1968 and Honorary DCL, Pittsburgh, 1968. He was the author of a number of publications on British and American politics and political relations.

Scope and Content

Various papers, including material on wartime service in the Ministry of Information (American Division), 1939-1945, correspondence concerning the reduction of the 50 year closure period for Public Records, 1962-1998, material relating to the UN Advisory Group, 1964-1978, personal papers and memorabilia, mostly connected with the United States, 1935-1960, and photographs taken during visits to the United States, 1935-1969.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Jacky Beaumont, executor, on 4th December 1998.


Papers from wartime service in the Ministry of Information (American Division) comprising copies of reports to the Foreign Office from Washington, 1942-1945, donated by New College, Oxford on 20th May 2002.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required. Access to papers relating to the United Nations Advisory Group 1964-1978 (MSS. Amer. s. 22/6/2) is restricted until 1st January 2009.

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No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

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Access Points

Nicholas | Herbert George | 1911-1998 | historian

Berlin | Isaiah | Sir | 1909-1997 | Knight historian and philosopher

United States | Pictorial works | 20th century

United States | Foreign relations | Great Britain | 1933-1945

Great Britain | Foreign relations | United States | 1936-1945

World War, 1939-1945 | Great Britain | Propaganda

World War, 1939-1945 | Germany | Propaganda

World War, 1939-1945 | Great Britain | Information services

Great Britain. Ministry of Information

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