Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Nichols, Guerdon David
- Guerdon David Nichols Papers Addendum
- Inclusive Dates
- Manuscript Collection 1370a
- 2 Boxes (2 linear feet)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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The Guerdon David Nichols Papers Addendum was donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries in 2018 through the family of Guerdon Nichols.
Heath Robinson; completed in February 2018.
Preferred Form of Citation
Guerdon David Nichols Papers Addendum (MC 1370a), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
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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, photographs and other items primarily dating from Nichols' tenure as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Also included is Nichols' Alexander Meiklejohn award.
Arrangement of the Papers
Materials maintain their original order.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection
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Old Main Postcards, n.d.
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Defining, Activating, and Evaluating Institutional Objectives--Report, 1951
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Historical Clippings, 1959-1964
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Theta Function Expansions and their Application to Number Theory--Thesis, 1941
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J. William and Roberta Fulbright Correspondence, 1953;1959
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M. A. Basoco Correspondence, 1934;1939
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A Sufficient Condition for Cesaro Summability Reprint, 1942
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The Arithmetized Expansions for Certain Doubly Periodic Functions of the Third Kind Reprint, 1935
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A Generalized Element of Decomposition for Doubly Periodic Functions Reprint, 1937
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Applications of the Theory of Elliptic Functions to the Theory of Numbers by D. S. Nazimoff, n.d.
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Applications of Theta Functions to Arithmetic, 1938
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Reprints by M. A. Basoco, 1933;1936
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Higher Education for American Democracy Volume I, 1947
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Duke Mathematical Journal Author's Manual, n.d.
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Reprints by V. W. Adkisson, 1932
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Integers and Related Problems by Thomas Mason, 1931
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"Men are More Alike" by Boyd Shafer, 1952
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The Explicit Arithmetized Fourier Series Developments for Certain Doubly Periodic Functions of the Second Kind by G. D. Nichols, 1934
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Notes from Executive Committee Meeting, May 1982
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Breaking the Color Barrier at the University of Arkansas by G. D. Nichols, 1968
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The Schools: An Immodest and Outrageous Suggestion, n.d.
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The Great Delegator, n.d.
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Guerdon Nichols Retirement from Dean of Arts and Sciences Scrapbook, 1964
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The Sophistic Character of American Philosophy of Education by W. B. Mahan, 1930
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College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, 1948
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Arkansas Alumnus, September 1957; March 1958; February 1961; February 1964
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AAUP Bulletin, June 1960; June 1961
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A Decade of Honors--Report to Arts and Sciences Faculty on Honors Program, 1965
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The University's Semicentennial in 1922 by Robert Leflar Reprint, 1966
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Guerdon Nichols Obituary, 1988
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Guerdon Nichols Newsclippings, 1961; 1964; 1988
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The Spirit of '76 and the Barbarian Culture by Lewis Webster Jones, 1951
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Certificate of Appreciation for G. D. Nichols from Arkansas Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc., 1987
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Distinguished Member Certificate for G. D. Nichols from AAUP, 1988
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AAUP Bulletin, Winter 1950
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Proceedings of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, November 1950
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Proceedings of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, 1953
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American Mathematical Monthly , 1938
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Act 10 Newsclippings, 1959
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Handwritten Mathematics Notes by G. D. Nichols, n.d.
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Mathematics of Statistics by H. L. Rietz, 1931
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Content of the Course in College Algebra for Students of Engineering by W. B. Brooks, 1931
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Representation of Functions by Series by Dunham Jackson, 1931
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Discussion of Professor Spaulding's Lecture on "The Teacher in the Classroom" by Louis O'Shaughnessy, 1931
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The Teaching of Trigonometry for Engineers by E. R. Hedrick, 1931
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Discussion of Professor Spaulding's Lecture on "Making Learning Permanent" by Louis O'Shaughnessy, 1931
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Memorial Tribute to G. D. Nichols, 1988
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Final Report on College of Arts and Sciences Self-Study, 1957
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On Summable Trigonometric Series by G. D. Nichols, 1926
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Annual Banquet of the Southwest Missouri State College of the AAUP, 1963
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Mississippi Valley Academic Deans Association Flyer, 1957
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Board of Trustees Resolution of Appreciatin for Dr. Nichols, November 11, 1988
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Alexander Meiklejohn Award given to Guerdon Nichols, 1960
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