Jack Nichols Photographs and Papers : Digital Collection, 1955-2005


Jack Nichols Photographs and Papers : Digital Collection, 1955-2005


The Jack Nichols Digital Collection includes photographs and documents created by, about, or collected by Jack Nichols. The collection includes an unedited draft of his memoirs, which were never completed.

Jack Nichols is a native of Chevy Chase, MD. Until he moved to New York City with his partner Lige Clarke in the late 1960s, Nichols was extensively involved in gay activism and gay life in Washington, DC. He was a founding member of the Mattachine Society of Washington (MSW), participated in MSW’s picketing at the White House, the Pentagon, Civil Service, and at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Nichols was an active participant in annual meetings of the East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO) and spoke from the podium on several occasions.
In New York City, Nichols and Clarke founded, wrote for, and edited the early national newspaper Gay. Today he edits and writes for the online newspaper Gay Today (www.gaytoday.com) which is published by the Badpuppy website.

He has generously contributed a wonderful album of photographs of his life in DC and elsewhere from which the following photographs are drawn. The Rainbow History Project (RHP) greatly appreciates Jack Nichols’ generosity in sharing these photographs and more with RHP.

The photographs displayed here are the property and copyright of either Jack Nichols or the credited creators of the photos. They may not be used without permission.


Nichols, Jack

Collection Items

Grave of Henry Gerber
Gravestone of Henry Gerber (1892-1972), founder of the United States' first known homosexual organization, the Society for Human Rights in Chicago.

Washington Area Council on Religion and the Homosexual articles
Three articles written by Jack Nichols under the pseudonym Warren D. Adkins on the topic of gay men and women and religion.

WJZ-TV Baltimore
Name of author printed as Warren D. Adkins, a pseudonym of Jack Nichols.

National Gay Movement Leadership
(kneeling) left to right: Julian Hodges (Pres. NY Mattachine Society), Dick Leitsch (Vice-president, NY Mattachine Society), Terry ? (cSecretary, Mattachine Society – Midwest), Jon Marshall, (President, Mattachine Society of…

1st row (left to right): Lisa Ben, Harry Hay, John Burnside, Jose Sarria, Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon

2nd row: Fred Frisbie, Bob Basker, Frank Kameny, Florence Fleishman, Hall Call, Robin Tyler Behind Hall Call & Robin Tyler: Vern Bullough, Malcolm…
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