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COLLECTION Identifier: A/N616

Alcorn State University scrapbook of Anne L. Nichols, 1932


Scrapbook commemorating Anne L. Nichols's experiences while studying at Alcorn State University.


  • 1932

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anne L. Nichols as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

Collection consists of a scrapbook titled "Memories of my School Days," documenting Anne L. Nichols's experiences at Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The scrapbook was apparently compiled upon her graduation from the college. Nichols recorded her impression of the college and her studies there, noting that her favorite courses, algebra and geometry, were "swell." She also made detailed entries in the scrapbook's sections on the school's athletics program, "outings," "feasts and festivities," "fun and frolics," "class history," and the baccalaureate sermon. The book also includes a list of gifts received (including the scrapbook) and their donors, along with Nichols's enthusiastic reactions. The last few pages of the scrapbook include Valentines Nichols received. A letter to Nichols from her father, who was in New York City at the time, and a letter from Nichols to an official at A & I State College (Tennessee State University) are laid into the scrapbook's front pages. In her letter, Nichols declares her "desire to become an accomplished secretary and to become quite efficient in office work." Several loose photographs of Nichols and her friends and classmates are also included.


Anne L. Nichols, an African American woman, attended Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (renamed Alcorn State University in 1974) in Lorman, Mississippi, for about five years, beginning in the late 1920s. Alcorn, a historically Black land-grant institution, offered both high school and college courses and Nichols participated in both. She continued her education at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in commerce with the goal of becoming an accomplished secretary. Tennessee State University, like Alcorn, is a historically Black land-grant institution.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M144

The scrapbook of Anne L. Nichols was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Between the Covers in August 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2021

By: Susan Earle

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Sibyl Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

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