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Cheryl Griffith Nichols historic preservation research collection

Cheryl Griffith Nichols historic preservation research collection

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Finding aid for the Cheryl Griffith Nichols historic preservation research collection

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

April 28, 2014

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-28T10:22-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Nichols, Cheryl Griffith
Title: Cheryl Griffith Nichols historic preservation research collection
Dates: 1980-2005
Quantity: 10.8 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains research information and photographs of significant historic properties in Arkansas, mostly in Pulaski County. A significant portion of the collection documents the Pulaski Heights section of Little Rock.
Identification: BC.MSS.05.36
Language: English


This collection is divided into seven series. Series I contains files on structures in Arkansas (mostly Pulaski County, although some structures from other parts of the state are included). Subseries I contains files on buildings, listed alphabetically, first by city and then by building name. For buildings that have no proper name, the name of the street doubles as the name of the building. Pulaski Heights (incorporated in 1905 and annexed by Little Rock in 1916) is treated as a separate city. Subseries II contains files on neighborhoods, listed alphabetically. Subseries III contains files on cities - mostly pertaining to Little Rock, but also including one file on Russellville. Series II contains files on people, mostly architects and builders. Series III contains files on research topics (such as bathhouses, bungalows, and house restoration). Series IV consists of research notes written by Nichols for her Masters thesis and for her work on How We Lived (see biographical note). Series V contains books, periodicals, and articles from books and magazines. Series VI contains photographs of buildings, listed alphabetically, first by city and then by building name. Again, for buildings that have no proper name, the name of the street doubles as the name of the building. Seven of the boxes contain photographs, and the final two boxes contain slides and negatives, along with contact sheets. Series VII contains architectural drawings, maps, and posters. The last series is located in the map case in the rare books room north of the research room on the second floor of the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the research files of Cheryl Griffith Nichols, including files on individual buildings and historic neighborhoods in Arkansas.

Biographical Information

Cheryl Griffith Nichols is a historian, with an emphasis on historical structures, who has lived and worked in Arkansas since 1978. She was born and raised in Indiana and graduated from Hanover College in 1974. After working for three years as the executive director of the Bartholomew County Historical Society in Columbus, Indiana, she enrolled in George Washington University in Washington DC, majoring in American studies with a concentration in historic preservation. While living in Washington, she worked for the National Register of Historic Places. She moved to Little Rock in 1978, where she married attorney Mark Nichols and completed her Masters degree by writing a thesis on the Pulaski Heights community; the thesis was accepted in 1981. Meanwhile, Nichols became acquainted with Charles Witsell (a prominent Little Rock architect and historic preservation advocate) while he was working with Frederick Hampton Roy (a Little Rock ophthalmologist and historic preservation advocate) to write a book about the history of Little Rock. Nichols did extensive research for the book, which was published in 1984 by August House as How We Lived: Little Rock as an American City. Nichols then became a free-lance researcher, operating a business in Little Rock which she called History, Inc. This business did research and documentation of historic structures in Arkansas, mostly but not entirely in Pulaski County. Nichols also worked for the Museum of Science and History (now the Museum of Discovery) in Little Rock, served as the Executive Director of the Quapaw Quarter Association from 1984 through 1987 and again from 1991 through 1997, and wrote several books for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (Little Rock: Driving Tour of Three Historic Neighborhoods, 1989; MacArthur Park Historic Tours, 1993, Governor's Mansion Area, 1993; Historically Black Properties in Little Rock's Dunbar School Neighborhood, 1999, The Arkansas Designs of E. Fay Jones, 1999, Hillcrest: The History and Architectural Heritage of Little Rock's Streetcar Suburb, 1999, and Construction of the Military Road Between Little Rock, Arkansas, and Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, 2003.)

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Historic buildings -- Arkansas.
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Little Rock (Ark.)
Nichols, Cheryl Griffith
Quapaw Quarter (Little Rock, Ark.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cheryl Griffith Nichols historic preservation research collection, MSS.05.36, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Cheryl Griffith Nichols, 2005

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