Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Nichols, Guerdon David
- Guerdon David Nichols Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- MC 1370
- 0.5 linear feet (1 box and 1 folder)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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The papers of Guerdon David Nichols were donated by Jane Nichols Steele of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on June 26, 1926.
Processed by Todd E. Lewis, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in August 1997.
Preferred Form of Citation
Guerdon David Nichols Papers MC 1370, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.
Guerdon David Nichols (June 12, 1900-October 28, 1988) was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Educated as a mathematician, he joined the University of Arkansas's faculty as a mathematics instructor in 1927. He completed his doctorate at the University of Nebraska in 1933, and in 1945 he was made a full professor in the University of Arkansas's Mathematics Department. In 1946 he became dean of the university's College of Arts and Sciences. Accomplishments during his tenure as dean included a rapid growth in the enrollment in the college, an expansion of its facilities, and the creation of an honors program.
Nichols was an outspoken member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). In the late 1940s he supported the admission of African-American students to the then whites-only University of Arkansas. He entered the national spotlight in April, 1959, for speaking out against Act No. 10, a bill adopted by the Arkansas General Assembly in August, 1958. The act required teachers employed in Arkansas state-supported schools to divulge the names of all organizations to which they had either belonged or made contributions to in the preceding five years. This reactionary act, passed during the turmoil of the Little Rock school desegregation crisis, was intended to weed out pro-desegregation educators belonging to "communist-front" organizations; the act was later declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. In honor of his stand against Act No. 10, Nichols received the AAUP's Alexander Meiklejohn Award for Academic Freedom in 1960. He resigned his position of dean in 1964 and resumed his duties as a teacher. He retired from full-time teaching in 1967.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains correspondence, speeches, photographs and other items primarily dating from Nichols' tenure as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Much of the material relates to his opposition to Act No. 10, his involvement with the AAUP, and his reception of the Meiklejohn Award. The many curious items in this collection include propaganda materials from the American Nazi Party and broadsides accusing the University of Arkansas of harboring communists.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:
|Box 1||Folder 1||
Act No. 10--Correspondence, 1957-May 1959
|Box 1||Folder 2||
Act No. 10--Correspondence, June-December 1959
|Box 1||Folder 3||
Act No. 10--Court Documents, n.d.
|Box 1||Folder 4||
Act No. 10--American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and the Meiklejohn Award--Speeches and other Materials, 1958-1960
|Box 1||Folder 5||
AAUP and the Meiklejohn Award--Correspondence, 1960
|Box 1||Folder 6||
AAUP and the Meiklejohn Award--Correspondence, 1961-1966
|Box 1||Folder 7||
AAUP and Guerdon Nichols--Attacks in Right Wing Materials, n.d.
|Box 1||Folder 8||
|Box 1||Folder 9||
Conference of Mississippi Valley Deans of State Universities, April 22-24, 1959
|Box 1||Folder 10||
General Correspondence, 1938-1959
|Box 1||Folder 11||
General Correspondence, 1960-1964
|Box 1||Folder 12||
General Correspondence, 1967-1974
|Box 1||Folder 13||
Miscellaneous Printed Materials, n.d.
|Box 1||Folder 14||
Photographs, April 22-24, 1959
|Box 1||Folder 14||Item 1||
Conference of Mississippi Valley Deans of State Universities, April 22-24, 1959, University of Arkansas, April 22-24, 1960
|Box 1||Folder 14||Item 2-3||
Du Pont Conference, 1959, Penns Grove, New Jersey, April 22-24, 1961
|Box 1||Folder 14||Item 4-6||
Unidentified Conference Group Photos, April 22-24, 1962
|Box 1||Folder 15||
Press Clippings, n.d.
|Box 1||Folder 16||
Speeches, Petitions, and Miscellaneous Materials, 1944-1957
|Box 1||Folder 17||
Speeches, Petitions, and Miscellaneous Materials, 1958-1970
|Broadsides OV Folder MC 1370||Item 1||
"The University -- the Collective State on the Campus", n.d.
|Broadsides OV Folder MC 1370||Item 2||
"The Northwest Arkansas Times refuses to give both sides of the issue...", n.d.
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