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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398
Dates of Creation 1879-Apr 25 1988
Name of Creator Nora Nicholson
Language of Material English
Physical Description 3 boxes

Scope and Content

The collection consists mostly of letters sent to Nora Nicholson by her close friends, Christopher Fry and John Gielgud, from the late 1930s until the time of her death. There are also letters, greetings cards and photocards/postcards sent by a variety of prominent theatrical figures of the period. In addition, there is a quantity of theatre related ephemera, including photocards of Ellen Terry and an autographed quotation by Henry Irving.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nora Nicholson was born on 7 December 1892 in Leamington, Warwickshire, the daughter of a Leamington vicar and a sister of the comedian, H.O Nicholson. Her stage career spanned the 1910s to 1960s. Nicholson made her Broadway debut in 1929, appearing there again in the 1950s, most notably with John Gielgud in Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning. Nicholson's acting career continued until shortly before her death in London on 18 September 1973.

Arrangement

This collection was arranged in the following series:

  • THM/398/1 - Correspondence sent to Nora Nicholson
  • THM/398/2 - Writing by Nora Nicholson
  • THM/398/3 - Playbills, Programmes and Reviews of Nora Nicholson and her stage career
  • THM/398/4 - Correspondence sent to Veronica Silver (nee Nicholson)
  • THM/398/5 - Other items

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open from Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Maggs Bros. Ltd in 2011

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Personal Names

Coward, Noël. ( 1899-1973)
Gielgud, John. ( 1904-2000)
Coghill, Nevill. ( 1899-1980)
Trewin, J. C. (John Courtenay). ( 1908-2000)
Fry, Christopher. ( 1907-2005)
Nicholson, Nora. ( 1892-1973)
Powys, Littleton
Thorndike, Sybil. ( 1882-1976)
Irving, Henry. ( 1838-1905)
Terry, Ellen. ( 1847-1928)

Cataloguing Info

Title Nora Nicholson Archive
Creation Created by intern using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2011-07-12
Revisions

Correspondence sent to Nora Nicholson

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1
Dates of Creation Apr 10 1905-Sep 14 1973

Scope and Content

Correspondence largely consists of autographed letters sent to Nora Nicholson between the 1940s-1950s, most notably from Christopher Fry and John Gielgud. Some correspondence is undated, particularly Christmas cards, greetings cards, and postcards.

There is also correspondence written to Veronica Silver (Nora Nicholson's niece).


Correspondence from Neville Coghill

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/1
Dates of Creation Nov 29 1945-Apr 9 1973
Physical Description 1 folder (10 items)

Correspondence from Noel Coward

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/2
Dates of Creation 1960s-1973
Physical Description 1 folder (9 items)

Correspondence from Christopher Fry

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/3
Dates of Creation Nov 20 1937-Mar 21 1973
Physical Description 2 folders (73 items)

Correspondence from Christopher and Phyllis Fry

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/4
Dates of Creation Apr 08 1950-Dec 1954
Physical Description 1 folder (21 items)

Correspondence from Eleanor Gielgud

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/5
Dates of Creation Apr 07 1950-Jun 20 1959
Physical Description 1 folder (19 items)

Scope and Content

Eleanor Gielgud is the sister of John Gielgud.


Correspondence from John Gielgud

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/6
Dates of Creation Jan 28 1949-Sep 14 1973
Physical Description 2 folders (139 items)

Correspondence from John Gielgud and Eleanor Gielgud

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/7
Dates of Creation Feb 28 1953-Jun 05 1961
Physical Description 1 folder (3 items)

Correspondence from Kate Terry Gielgud

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/8
Dates of Creation Dec 1951-Dec 28 1956
Physical Description 1 folder (3 items)

Correspondence from Val Gielgud

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/9
Dates of Creation Jun 02 1963
Physical Description 1 folder (1 item)

Correspondence from Littleton Powys

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/10
Dates of Creation Sep 02 1948-Jul 06 1954
Physical Description 1 folder (11 items)

Correspondence from Sybil Thorndike

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/11
Dates of Creation Jan 27 1949-Oct 31 1968
Physical Description 1 folder (7 items)

Correspondence from John Trewin

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/12
Dates of Creation Jun 30 1953-Jun 28 1965
Physical Description 1 folder (7 items)

Correspondence from Theatres and Production Companies

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/13
Dates of Creation Apr 30 1966-Oct 31 1972
Physical Description 1 folder (5 items)

Correspondence from unknown/unidentifiable correspondents

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/14
Dates of Creation Apr 10 1905-Apr 24 1973
Physical Description 1 folder (25 items)

Correspondence from various senders

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/15
Dates of Creation Aug 31 1942-Feb 20 1973

A-M

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/15/1
Dates of Creation Aug 31 1942-Feb 20 1973
Physical Description 1 folder (12 items)

N-Z

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/15/2
Dates of Creation Mar 28 1960-Mar 9 1969
Physical Description 1 folder (3 items)

Greetings Cards and Telegrams

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/1/15/3
Dates of Creation Oct 14 1947-Feb 20 1973
Physical Description 1 folder (24 items)

Writing by Nora Nicholson

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/2
Dates of Creation undated
Physical Description 1 folder (3 items)

Scope and Content

This file contains two undated letters as well as newspaper cuttings on the death of Baliol Holloway.


Playbills, programmes and reviews

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/3
Dates of Creation Nov 1929-1950s

Playbills, Programmes and Reviews of Nora Nicholson and her stage career

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/3/1
Dates of Creation Nov 1929-1950s
Physical Description 1 folder (17 items)

Scope and Content

This file contains a selection of playbills and programmes for productions in which Nora Nicholson performed.

The file also contains a number of journals and cuttings relating to Nora Nicholson and her career.


Programmes

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/3/2
Dates of Creation 1931-1958
Physical Description 1 folder (3 items)

Scope and Content

This file contains three programmes, one of which is for Expresso Bongo at the Saville Theatre in 1958 and signed by Paul Scofield.

Personal Names

Scofield, Paul. ( 1922-2008)

Correspondence sent to Veronica Silver

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/4
Dates of Creation Jul 28 1963-Apr 25 1988

Scope and Content

Correspondence sent to Veronica Silver (Nora Nicholson's niece) before and after Nora Nicholson's death.


Correspondence from Peter Bull

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/4/1
Dates of Creation Oct 18 1973
Physical Description 1 folder (1 item)

Correspondence from Eleanor Farjeon

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/4/2
Dates of Creation Jul 28 1963
Physical Description 1 folder (1 item)

Correspondence from Christopher Fry

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/4/3
Dates of Creation Dec 13 1973
Physical Description 1 folder (1 item)

Correspondence from John Gielgud

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/4/4
Dates of Creation Sep 29 1973-Apr 21 1974
Physical Description 1 folder (3 items)

Correspondence from unknown/unidentifiable senders

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/4/5
Dates of Creation Apr 25 1988
Physical Description 1 folder (2 items)

Other Items

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/398/5
Dates of Creation 1879-Mar 28 1973
Physical Description 1 folder (18 items)

Scope and Content

This file contains a variey of material including, among others, photocards of Ellen Terry; a Shylock quotation autographed by Henry Irving, a service programme to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of his birth and event invitations.