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Professor Patrick J. Nicholson Papers

Identifier: 1982-004

The Dr. Patrick J. Nicholson Papers include correspondence, brochures, reports, and newspaper articles concerning many university-related topics and a small amount of personal material. Some folders contain a variety of materials relating to that particular folder topic. Materials in the collection date from 1933 to 1979, with the majority dating from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.

The collection is divided into four series: Correspondence, University of Houston, Personal, and Oversize. The collection arrived in little discernible order and with little arrangement. An arrangement scheme has been imposed in consultation with the Archivist. For preservation reasons the collection has been re-boxed and re-foldered. New folder titles conform, as much as possible, to original folder titles. Exceptions were made when the folder title was obviously incomplete, incorrect, or confusing. Original item order has been preserved whenever possible.

Much of the collection concerns the University of Houston, or involves University of Houston groups, regardless whether the words "University of Houston" are part of the folder title. Topics relating to the University of Houston include the university in general, fundraising activities, history of the university, financial statements, and testimony before the Higher Education Commission, among many others. While the personal portion of the collection is relatively small, it has been maintained to provide background information and perspective to the researcher. It includes a variety of materials including Nicholson's dissertation. Additionally the collection contains an extensive range of newspaper articles relating to both UH and non-UH subjects.


  • 1933-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


21.00 linear feet

Biographical Information

Dr. Patrick James Nicholson (1921-1999) is best known as the author of "In Time: An Anecdotal History of the First Fifty Years of the University of Houston." He received a BA from Rice University in 1942, an MBA from Harvard in 1946, and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 1959. Nicholson came to the University of Houston as a lecturer in Management in 1951. He continued until 1956, when he became Executive Director of Development and Assistant to the President. He was named Vice President of University Development in 1957, a position he maintained until his retirement in August of 1981. Honorary positions Nicholson held included Past President of the American College Public Relations Association; Past President of the Houston Council on World Affairs; Past President of the Institute of Ophthalmology, Texas Medical Center; and N.Y. Academy of Sciences. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Eta Sigma; Sigma Xi; and Omicron Delta Kappa.


Other Information:

Uploaded to TARO, 2005.

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Processing Information

Bobby Marlin, 2001 and 2002

Guide to the Professor Patrick J. Nicholson Papers
Bobby Marlin
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA