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J.C. Nichols Nelson Trust Office Files

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-80-10

Scope and Contents Note

These files dated 1926-1950 contain correspondence regarding "objects offered" for purchase, "objects acquired" by the Trust, applications for Museum positions, and negotiations with dealers, as well as correspondence with expedition organizers, art advisors, dealers, museum directors and staff, lawyers, property managers, architects and builders.


  • Creation: 1926-1950


Restrictions on Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Conditions Governing Use Note

Notification of intent to publish, quote, or cite archival materials is required. Contact the archives via

Biographical / Historical Note

The William Rockhill Nelson Trust was originally comprised of William Volker (Chairman), J.C. Nichols (Vice-Chairman), and Herbert V. Jones (Secretary). These three men were appointed on March 3, 1926 by Statton D. Brooks, President of the University of Missouri, E.H. Lindley, President of the University of Kansas, and W.B. Bizzell, President of the University of Oklahoma. William Volker retired from the board of University Trustees in 1929 and J.C. Nichols replaced Volker as Chairman of the board. Nichols remained active as a Trustee until his death in 1950.


3 Linear Feet (In 3 record center cartons.)

Language of Materials



These are the William Rockhill Nelson Trust Files maintained separately by J.C. Nichols.


There is no series breakdown for this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Accruals Note

Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

Finding Aid of the J.C. Nichols Nelson Trust Office Records, RG 80/10
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Repository Details

Part of the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives Repository

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City MO 64111 United States