Alice C. Nichols was a very accomplished journalist and writer who graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1927 with a degree in journalism. While a little girl in school, she started a neighborhood newspaper, The Nichols Journal, and was heralded as the youngest newspaper editor in the United States. Following graduation, she worked for a year on the Kingman Journal, then joined Farm and Fireside magazine, where she was promoted to associate editor, before quitting to try her hand at playwriting. She worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spreading the gospel of soil erosion control. She also worked for such publications as Nation's Business, Men's Wear, and Pathfinder. During World War II, she managed the national nutrition and food conservation campaign for the USDA, and served as ghost writer for the head of the Production and Marketing administration. She edited children's books, among them the Golden Books, and Story Parade, a periodical for children. Alice Nichols has authored several books, including the historical novel, Bleeding Kansas, which is considered to be one of the best books ever written about Kansas during the Civil War.
Sources of information:
Vertical File. Nichols, Alice
K-Stater, March 1954, pg. 10-11
The Alice C. Nichols Papers (1914-1961) contain correspondence, notebooks, tax records, book typescripts, drafts of articles, newspaper clippings and printed material. These items document the time in which Nichols established herself as a writer from the age of nine until her death. The Papers particularly emphasize the year 1954 when her most notable publication, Bleeding Kansas, was published. The papers are divided into five series: 1) correspondence, 1942-1961; 2) notebooks and notes; 3) financial records, 1947-1956; 4) literary productions; and 5) printed material, 1914-1961. The collection contains both personal and business correspondence. Some notable correspondents include Milton Eisenhower when he was President of Pennsylvania State College, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Correspondents from Kansas include Robert Conover of the English Department of Kansas State College and the staff of the Kansas State Historical Society. Two complete typescripts of books, and one carbon copy are also included in this collection. The two books, both written by Nichols, are entitled D.A. Fay and One Destiny.
5 document boxes. Register. Acc. No. P 87.08