Eleanor L. Nicholes photograph collection, 1940-1970

Overview of the Collection

Nicholes, Eleanor L.
Eleanor L. Nicholes photograph collection
1940-1970 (inclusive)
1 box
Collection Number
Eleanor L. Nicholes (1915-1997) was a librarian, educator, and writer. The Eleanor L. Nicholes photograph collection contains photographs depicting the life and family of Eleanor L. Nicholes photograph collection from the 1940s to the 1960s.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Eleanor Louise Nicholes (1915-1997) was born on 14 January 1915 in American Fork, Utah, the second of nine children born to Joseph K. and Olive Maiben Nicholes. She received a B.A. in English Literature from Brigham Young University in 1936 and taught in the Utah public school system until 1942.

Nicholes was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1943 and served as a hospital administrative officer until the end of World War II, when she resumed her education. She was awarded the Ph.D. from New York University in 1950. Her dissertation, “The Shadowed Mind: Effects of the Schizophrenic Process on the Poetry of John Clare,” reflected her lifelong interest in both literature and psychology.

After obtaining an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Minnesota, Nicholes served as rare books librarian at the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library in New York from 1954 to 1960. She was awarded a Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in 1960, which allowed her to travel to London and supported her research for a never-completed biography of English novelist and East India Company administrator, Thomas Love Peacock. She was Special Collection’s Librarian at Wellesley College for many years, retiring from that position in 1982. Nicholes returned to Utah in 1986. She served on the board of the Friends of the University of Utah Library and was active in the American Association of University Women. She died in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 14 November 1997.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Eleanor L. Nicholes photograph collection contains images of Eleanor Nicholes and her family, including a photography scrapbook as well as loose photographs and postcards dating from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Eleanor L. Nicholes photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Eleanor L. Nicholes photograph collection, P1117, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: P1117.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject

Acquisition Information

Donated by Linda and Max Miller in 2003.

Processing Note

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Separated Materials

See also the Eleanor L. Nicholes papers (ACCN 1185) in the Manuscripts Division of Special Collections.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 Eleanor Nicholes
1 2 "A Consort of Dials and Verses"
1 3 Photograph Album
1 4 The Birth of Baby Ralph

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Librarians--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Nicholes, Eleanor L.

Form or Genre Terms

  • black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • color prints (photographs)