Nyhan, David (1940-2005)
Scope:
The David Nyhan collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, research materials, financial materials, legal materials, scrapbooks, film and video materials, audio materials, photographs, notebooks, and other materials.

Manuscripts in the collection include various of Nyhan’s college essays, early journalism articles, poetry, eulogies for friends and family, speeches, book proposals, notes for a memoir, commencement addresses dated between 1986 and 1995, speeches for Thomas Menino (Boston Mayor), unidentified proposals and plays, miscellaneous articles by others such as John Lees, and Phil Vitti’s 1999 book The Passage.

Correspondence in the collection is extensive and dates from 1956 to 2004, some material undated. The material is professional, and includes emails, cards, and invitations. Notable correspondents include Russell Baker, Art Buchwald, John Kerry, William Cohen, William Bulger, Lawrence J. Kirshbaum, John Silber, and Leonard Zakim.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes family drawings and cards, announcements, programs, and the guestbook from Nyhan’s funeral, sports schedules, pins, passports, a painted wooden fish, a bar of soap including a donkey, and many awards, such as Nyhan’s degree from Harvard University in 1962.

Printed material in the collection includes magazines with articles by Nyhan, printouts, clippings, files, newsletters, abandoned research ideas, programs, and a Russian newspaper.

Professional material in the collection includes subject files on the Boston Globe, the Harvard Institute of Politics, Yankee Quill, greater Boston, Jack Corrigan, skiing, travel, and many other subjects. Also included is information on the Goldsmith Awards, press kits, press releases, desk calendars dated between 1981 and 2002, menus, agendas and day planners dated between 1962 and 2001, business cards, telephone directories, and briefing books.

Research material in the collection is extensive, including over 400 files of materials on topics including abortion, Boston, the Catholic Church, Bill Clinton, various debates, education, elections from 1976 until 2004, his European trip, immigration, the internet, John Kerry, the media, and many other topics.

Financial material in the collection includes various bills, invoices, and receipts.

Legal material in the collection includes a record of marriage between Nyhan and Susan Pearlswig from 1967 as well as their divorce certificate from 1978, and his official transfer materials to the US Air Force from 1963.

Scrapbooks in the collection contain clippings of items by Nyhan, dated between 1970 and 1976.

Film and video in the collection includes DVDs on Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, a 1987 ABC News interview with Nyhan, and many VHS tapes of his CNN appearances, CSPAN appearances, and other TV appearances dated between 1995 and 2005.

Audio in the collection includes CDs, book-on-tape cassettes, micro-cassette tapes, and various other cassette tapes. Also included is a compact disc containing Nyhan’s “Inspirational Message . . . to Students who did not get into College.”

Photographs in the collection include both personal and professional photographs, featuring Nyhan with people such as Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Thomas Menino, as well as personal vacation and football photographs.

Notebooks in the collection contain material for research, personal reminders, and some journals. Many have material on certain locations such as England, Germany, Italy, and Wisconsin, as well as information on people such as John Kerry, Mitt Romney, and Nyhan himself.

Other material in the collection includes juvenilia materials consisting of college essays, notes, grades, and scholarship data from Harvard, as well as materials concerning Nyhan’s football career with materials dated between 1955 and 1961. Also included are a couple of scrapbooks with presidential election and primary coverage materials, and various pieces of artwork, mainly cartoons by Paul Szep and Ung Bun Feang.
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Associated Subjects
1. Journalism Subject Guide