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Name of Creator: Nichols, Irene A.
Title: Irene A. Nichols papers
Date: n.d., 1958-2001
Reference Code: M135
Location Code: 58/2
Extent: 5.75 cubic ft (6 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract: The collection documents Irene Nichols's involvement with Northeastern University's students, faculty, and curriculum as well as her work outside the University on radical student activity, educational theory, and organizations like the Urban Schools Collaborative and UNICEF. The collection documents issues at Northeastern including the unionization and tenure of faculty members, student behavior during the 1960s and 1970s, and radical faculty activity during the same period. The collection also reflects Nichols's non-teaching activities including involvement with student activism on campus and the publication of the “THORN” newsletter. Records include minutes, agendas, correspondence, reports, and notes that document Nichols's involvement in a variety of groups including the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the Northeastern University Committee on Academic Honesty, the University Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, and the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Education.
Historical Abstract: Professor Irene Nichols was an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Education in the Foundations of Education program at Northeastern University from 1964 to 1969, Associate Professor of Psychology in Education from 1969 to 1986, and Associate Professor of Education from 1986 to 1999. In 1972, Nichols was elected the first woman chair of the Agenda Committee of the Faculty Senate at Northeastern. She also chaired several other University committees, including the Faculty Senate Academic Policy Committee, and she was a marshal during student protests to prevent police from clashing with students. Outside of her University responsibilities, Nichols was involved with organizations such as the New England Educational Research Organization and the Urban Schools Collaborative.
Language and Scripts: The collection is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement: Organized in four series: 1. American Association of University Professors; 2. Northeastern University Faculty Senate; 3. Northeastern University Committees and Activities; and 4. Subject Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Nichols, Irene A.
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Committees
  • Urban Schools Collaborative

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- College of Education
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass) -- Administration
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass) -- Faculty

  • Education--Study and teaching (Higher) -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Urban Schools Collaborative
  • School integration
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements
  • College teachers' unions
  • College teachers -- United States
  • College teachers -- Tenure

Conditions Governing Access: Files containing staff and student information are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation. For more information, see the University Archivist.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: This collection was received as part of the College of Education records deposit starting in 1997.
Finding Aids: College of Education records (A39); Faculty Senate records (A35); Boston Bouvé College records (M41).
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Ellen Lassiter, May 2007; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, August 2008.