Papers of the Nichols Family, Printers and Publishers

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. b. 2071-7, c. 6165-6
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Scope and Content

Papers and collections of the Nichols family, consisting of correspondence and "Family Records", volumes containing collections of family papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Nichols (1745-1826) and his son, John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863), were both printers and antiquaries, and were proprietors of the Gentleman's Magazine. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bought, with the help of Robin Myers, from Questor Rare Books in 1997.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at

Related Material

Included with the purchase were a copy of R.C. Nichols, Reviews of the late John Gough Nichols (Westminster, 1874) with a photograph of [J.B. Nichols] inserted at the back of the volume, and a Nichols bookseller's catalogue, 1 Feb.-1 Aug. 1826, with some notes. Both transferred to the Department of Printed Books.

See also Nichols Papers (MSS. Eng. lett. b. 11-17; c. 354-71) and Gough Nichols Manuscripts (MSS. Eng. misc. f. 12; Top. gen. c. 6-14, d. 1-4, e. 16-45, f. 31-2).