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.

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

Name of author printed as Warren D. Adkins, a pseudonym of Jack Nichols.
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