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John Nicolay Papers,

Identifier: Ms-1987-027

Scope and Contents

The types of materials in the collection include oral history tapes, slides, original documents and historical photographs of the area by Earl Palmer. In addition, there is material from Moutainside Magazine, edited by Nicolay from 1983 to 1984, such as writings by Beverly Brinlee, Jess Carr, Fred Waage, and William White.


  • 1792 - 1985


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

John Nicolay was a former Blacksburg, Virginia, resident and historian. The collection consists of papers Nicolay has used for his research on the history of Montgomery County, Virginia. The topics he researched included in the collection are poverty in Montgomery County, blacks, local churches, and the Edie Family of Christiansburg, Virginia.


1.4 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)


The collection is arranged according to subject matter.

Separated Materials

Several books were donated in 2016 as part of this collection, but were cataloged spearately for the Rare Book Collection:

  • Nicolay, John A. Wake Forest Research Project, 2016.
  • Nicolay, John A. An Electic History of Montgomery County, Virgina, 2018. (revised)
  • Kessler, Clyde. Shooting Creek, 1982..

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Nicolay, John Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

A Guide to the John Nicolay Papers, 1792-1895
Laura Katz Smith
2001 (CC0 1.0)
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Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-08-18: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US