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Nicholson, George McHugh, 1937-2015
George Nicholson Sterling Lord Literistic Author Files
Manuscripts Division
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1870-2015 (mostly 1995-2015)
28 boxes and 26 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-28


George Nicholson (1937-2015) was a literary agent for children's and young adult books at Sterling Lord Literistic from 1995 to 2015. The collection consists of his Sterling Lord Literistic office files on the authors and illustrators with whom he worked, such as Tony Abbott, Betsy Byars, Lois Duncan, Patricia Reilly Giff, Alice Provensen, Peter Lerangis, and Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and the literary estates he managed, including those of Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, and Lois Lenski. Author files include correspondence and email printouts, as well as copies of contracts and agreements, royalties statements, book jacket proofs, promotional materials, drafts and proofs of book manuscripts, and photocopies and mock-ups of books.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of author files from the office of literary agent and publisher George Nicholson (1937-2015) during his tenure at the literary agency Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc., from 1995 to 2015. Materials include email printouts and other correspondence with children's and young adult book authors and illustrators, as well as regarding the literary estates of Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, and Lois Lenski, which he managed. Files are generally arranged by author and often contain copies of contracts and agreements, royalty statements, book jacket proofs, promotional materials, drafts and proofs of book manuscripts, and photocopies and mock-ups of books in addition to correspondence. While some materials (primarily photocopies) in author files are older, the vast majority of materials in the collection date from the 1990s and 2000s.


Materials are arranged alphabetically by author name, based on labels on original hanging file folders.

Collection Creator Biography:

Nicholson, George McHugh, 1937-2015

Before joining Sterling Lord Literistic as an agent for children's and young adult books in 1995, George Nicholson (1937-2015) founded Delacorte Press and Yearling Books, and was Publisher of Books for Children at Viking Press, as well as of Bantam Doubleday Dell Books. Among his clients were Tony Abbott, Joan Bauer, Betsy Byars, Cathleen Bell, Lois Duncan, Kevin Emerson, Alexandra Flinn, Patricia Reilly Giff, Jan Greenberg, Michael Harmon, Sandra Jordan, Peter Lerangis, Laura and Tom McNeal, Leonard Marcus, Harry Mazer, Rune Michaels, Philip Nel, Alice Provensen, Deborah Kogan Ray, Susan Goldman Rubin, Sergio Ruzzier, Clete Smith, and Zilpha Keatley Snyder, as well as the literary estates of Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, Marguerite Henry, and Lois Lenski. Nicholson also taught and lectured widely, and was on the Board of the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Collection History


Gift of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc., in 2016 (AM 2016-115).


No materials were separated from the collection during 2016 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding and Rachel Dubin '17 in July 2016. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in July 2016, with assistance from Rachel Dubin '17.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Leonard S. Marcus author files, housed in Box 27 and Box 28, are restricted during his lifetime.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

George Nicholson Sterling Lord Literistic Author Files; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-28