MsC 288


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1956 -- 1971

.25 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to Internet: July 2002



Acquisition Note: William Nicholas donated his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1973.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


Photographs: Box 1


Film/Video: Box 1


Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.


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Biographical Note

William Hall Nicholas (1892 -- 1984) was born in Bristow, Butler County, Iowa. His first elected office was as Butler County recorder in 1916. He held that office for eight years. From 1946 to 1948, he was the state representative from Cerro Gordo County. Nicholas was elected lieutenant governor twice, in 1951 under William Beardsley and again in 1957 under Herschel Loveless. He sought the Republican nomination for governor three times in the 1950s and 1960s, but never received the nomination. He served on the Iowa Highway Commission from 1959 to 1963 and was a member of the Iowa Development Commission.

Mr. Nicholas (fondly known as "Turkey Bill") once owned and operated eight chicken hatcheries in Iowa. He was a pioneer in the Iowa turkey industry, building the state's first turkey laying house in 1938. At one time his turkey operation produced 100,000 birds a year.

A World War I navy veteran, Nicholas was a member of the American Legion. He was also active in the Methodist Church, the Rotary, Masonic Lodge, and the Shrine. William H. Nicholas died at the age of ninety-one.

Scope and Contents


The papers of William H. Nicholas consist of 181 items arranged alphabetically dating from 1956 through 1971. This small collection includes correspondence (much of it relating to the Iowa Highway Commission), press releases, photographs, and newspaper clippings. There is also a speech given by Nicholas, which was recorded on film.


Box 1


Correspondence, 1956 -- 1971, including a letter from Verne R. Martin


Iowa State Highway Commission correspondence, 1963, including a letter from Lew Warren

Iowa State Highway Commission materials

Newspaper clippings, including obituary


Press releases, etc., 1962

W. H. Nicholas 14 minute speech on film and DVD





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