Nichols, Rose Standish

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Rose Standish Nichols (1872-1960) was one of America's first professional female landscape and garden designers, a writer of garden history and criticism, a lifelong pacificist, and a women's rights activist. She was the daughter of Dr. Arthur Howard Nichols (1840-1923) and Elizabeth Fisher Homer Nichols (1844-1929) of Boston, Massachusetts. She published three books and many articles on European garden design, helped found the Woman's International League for Peace and Freedom, and remained unmarried her entire life. She was a favorite niece of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens; he encouraged her interest in garden design and she became his confidante through a rich correspondence. Augusta F. Homer Saint-Gaudens, the wife of Augustus, was also close to Rose Nichols and they frequently wrote each other.

From the description of Rose Standish Nichols papers, 1877-1922. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612872485

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referencedIn House, Edward Morris, 1866-1913. Collection, 1919. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Nichols family. Papers of the Nichols-Shurtleff family, 1780-1953 (inclusive), 1850-1940 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Nichols, Rose Standish. Rose Standish Nichols papers, 1877-1922. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Menzel, Southard. Sketches of the life and character of Rose Standish Nichols : artist, collector, social reformer, museum founder, 1975 / prepared and correlated by Southard Menzel. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn [Emerson and Nichols family papers]. State Library of Massachusetts
referencedIn Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
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associatedWith French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931, person
associatedWith House, Edward Morris, 1866-1913. person
associatedWith Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886- person
correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person
associatedWith Menzel, Southard. person
associatedWith Nichols family. family
associatedWith Nichols family. family
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Augusta. person
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. person
associatedWith Saint Gaudens family. family
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Homer, b. 1880, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Boston (Mass.)
Women social reformers
Landscape gardening
Upper class families--History
Landscape architecture


Birth 1872

Death 1960





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