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James L. Nicholas Jr. collection

Identifier: MSS-4184

Scope and Contents

The collection includes memorabilia of the Eva Sterrs Boys Club; genealogical information on the Hubbard and Torain families from the Winston County/Lawrence County Alabama area; photocopies of pension documents for African American Civil War (Union); documents regarding old Decatur residents; medical and nursing memorabilia; Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama; selected copies of Morgan County, Alabama, weddings officiated by pastors for St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church and King’s Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, 1867 – 1914; timeline of King’s Memorial United Methodist Church name changes: funeral worship bulletins; Mildred L. Hanks memorabilia; Lester Howell Smith memorabilia; Nellie Ree Ragland Henry and Athelyne Celest Banks music memorabilia; Hatchett – Bridgeforth family Bible; and a small book collection.


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

James L. Nichols is the son of the Rev. Wylheme H. Ragland of Decatur, Alabama.


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Papers, photographs, memorabilia, and assorted research of this North Alabama resident


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Guide to James L. Nichols Jr. collection
James L. Nichols Jr. collection
September 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266