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Nicholson Family Papers

Identifier: MSS 0024

Scope and Contents

The Nicholson Family Papers is comprised primarily of transcriptions of William Nicholson's Civil War correspondence. William Nicholson served with the Texas Rangers and died in battle at Coosville, Georgia, in 1864. The Nicholsons were related to the House family (early Houston bankers) through marriage.


  • 1850-1880
  • Majority of material found within 1861 - 1864

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Nicholson Family Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biorgaphical Note

William Nicholson fought for the Confederacy and served with the Texas Rangers during the U.S. Civil War. He was killed in battle at Coosville, Georgia, in 1864.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Items in the collection are arranged by topic, then by date.

The collection consists of one box of items, in eight folders. It is organized in the following manner:

Extracts of Letters, 1861, Letters, 1862, Letters, 1862, Letters, 1862-63, Letters, 1863-64, Letters, 1864 Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles, 1850-58, Historical Notes, E.M. House

Acquisition Information

Donated by Edward M. House in 1990.

Related Archival Materials

MSS 0029, T. W. House Papers

Processing Information

Processed by Erin S Norris in February, 2012.

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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002