Guide to the John Nicholson Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1279
Creators:
Nicholson, John, 1916-
Dates:
1946 - 1947
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
These photographs document Nicholson's work for Lord & Taylor Company from 1946-1947. Nicholson created 100 window displays for the department store and only 25 are in this collection. The collection does not include any supporting documentation for these photographs.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection consists exclusively of 25 8 x 10 inch black-and-white photographs. Unprocessed;

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Window designer and restaurateur, John Nicholson, born in St. Louis, Mo. in 1916. The only son of Romanian immigrants, Johnny Bulica changed his name to John Nicholson in the 1920s to lose the Old World connection.
Mr. Nicholson received some practical design experience while working for the St. Louis department store, Stix, Baer & Fuller before coming to New York City in the early 1940s. Mr. Nicholson worked for two years with Lord & Taylor as a display and window designer before opening Cafe Nicholson--a restaurant that he has managed for nearly 50 years and which closed in 1999.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection is unprocessed.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Photographs were donated to the museum by John Nicholson in 2000.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.,Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
John Nicholson Papers, 1946-1947, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Archival Materials
The Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive collects photographs that document window display. See also the collections of: Gene Moore, Michael Cipirano & Donald Deskey.
Related Archival Materials
The Museum of Modern Art has an artist file on Mr. Nicholson containing miscellaneous uncatalogued materials.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center in 2012.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Show-windows Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Show windows -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Window dressers -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cafe Nicholson (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lord & Taylor Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nicholson, John, 1916- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives