There is a rich body of materials that relates to Norman Nicholson’s life and work held at the John Rylands Library, Manchester University. These materials cast light not only on Nicholson’s own life and work, but on the relationships he formed with many other important 20th century writers, with publishers, editors and broadcasters, with friends, family and acquaintances, and with general readers.

Further papers of Norman Nicholson are held by numerous other institutions. Millom Folk Museum houses artifacts as well as photographs, cuttings, magazines and programmes. Correspondence and literary manuscripts are held by: the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle Upon Tyne; the University of Hull Brynmor Jones Library; the British Library Department of Manuscripts in London; the BBC Written Archives Centre in Reading; the University of Bristol Library; the University of Durham Library; the John Bate Collection in Edinburgh; the University of Leeds Brotherton Library; the National Library of Wales Department of Manuscripts and Records in Aberystwyth; the University of Reading Department of Archives and Manuscripts; and University College London Library. The British Library National Sound Archive houses recordings of interviews and poetry readings given by Nicholson. For more detail about these collections, see the Location Register of Twentieth Century English Literary Manuscripts and Letters, Vol. II (London: British Library, 1988).

The following overview of materials relating to Norman Nicholson held at the John Rylands Library, including his own archive of papers, has kindly been provided by Fran Baker, Archivist, and Jessica Smith, Creative Arts Archivist, The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester.

Norman Nicholson Collections at the John Rylands Library

The Rylands has a full catalogue of materials, which can be found online here:

Archive of Papers from the Norman Nicholson Book Collection: