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Nicholls State University (NSU) is a comprehensive, regional university located in Thibodaux, serving south central Louisiana. It is part of the University of Louisiana System of universities and is about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans and 60 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.The University was founded in 1948 as Francis T. The college was rechristened to Nicholls State University with the Act 93 of the State Legislature in 1970.This 210 acre tax-supported and coeducational campus was once part of historic Acadia Plantation that fronts on Bayou Lafourche. The university arranges for the community to use the library through its campus library resources.NSU offers undergraduate and graduate courses along with the Distance Education and continuing education programs. The University’s Office of International Programs and Services coordinates study abroad programs.Nicholls State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the various departments and programs are also separately accredited.
Nicholls history program named top 20 in the country
Nicholls State University's history degree program was named one of the top in the country by a leading college data collection website.
Intelligent.com ranked Nicholls No. 17 nationally, and second in the state. The online educational resource labeled the program as best for grad school prep.
&ldquoIt's an honor to be recognized for our professionalism and commitment to our students,&rdquo said Paul Wilson, history department head, in a news release. &ldquoWe have a strong program with a diverse faculty with specialties in a variety of different fields in modern history as well as expertise in applied history, digital humanities and public history. Our majors receive an excellent education. Majors not only gain an appreciation of the past, but also an understanding of the present including the histories of a variety of societies that make up our interconnected world.&rdquo
Over 380 nationally accredited programs from 208 universities and colleges were evaluated in the ranking, and 50 were published.
Intelligent.com collects compiles data to help college-bound students choose a college or university.
Each program is evaluated on flexibility on course delivery, return on investment, cost of attendance, national rankings, student engagement and resources available to students. Each grade is scored on a scale of 0-100. Nicholls received a grade of 88.55.
&ldquoHistory provides a deep insight into our society, helping us understand change and make better decisions for the future,&rdquo the authors wrote on the website. &ldquoPrepare for careers that require strong research, communication, and analytical skills with a degree in history.&rdquo
Job growth for historians is expected to grow by 3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including an 11% expected demand for archivists and curators to meet the public&rsquos growing interest in history.
A history degree can lead to careers in political science, journalism, education, genealogy, business and more. BLS reports that historians earn a salary of more than $63,000.
Nicholls was born at Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, the seat of Ascension Parish, the seventh son of Thomas Clark Nicholls (himself a seventh son) and Louisa Hannah (Drake) Nicholls, a sister of the poet Joseph Rodman Drake and sister-in-law of Francis Redding Tillou. His paternal grandfather was Cornish American Edward Church Nicholls.  He attended Jefferson Academy in New Orleans and graduated in 1855 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Initially assigned as a second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Artillery Regiment, he served in the Third Seminole War in Florida, but resigned his commission after a year and returned home.
He then attended the University of Louisiana (subsequently Tulane University) in New Orleans. He practiced law in Napoleonville, the seat of Assumption Parish, until the start of the Civil War.
Two weeks after the surrender of Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, Nicholls wed the former Caroline Zilpha Guion, the daughter of George Seth Guion and the former Caroline Lucretia Winder. The couple had one son, Francis Welman Nicholls (born 1863), and six daughters, Caroline (born 1865), Louisa (born 1868), Harriet (born 1870), Virginia (born 1873), Margaret (born 1875), and Elizabeth (born 1877).
Nicholls joined the Confederate Army in 1861 as a captain in the 8th Louisiana Infantry Regiment and participated in the First Battle of Bull Run and in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in Virginia, where he lost his left arm. In July 1862 he became colonel of the just formed 15th Louisiana Infantry. On October 14, 1862, Nicholls was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and given command of a brigade of Louisiana infantry. During the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, in May 1863, a shell ripped off Nicholls' left foot. According to James Whitcomb Brougher, Sr., in Life and Laughter, (p. 89) he lost an eye at Richmond.
Disabled and unfit for further field command, he was transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department to direct the Volunteer and Conscript Bureau until the end of the war.
After the war, Nicholls returned to his law practice. In 1876, he ran for governor against the Republican Stephen B. Packard. The outcome was disputed, and both men claimed victory. Nicholls garnered a majority of 8,000 votes, but the Republican-controlled State Returning Board cited irregularities and declared Packard the winner. As part of the Compromise of 1877 to resolve the disputed presidential election of 1876, President Hayes recognized the Democrat Nicholls as the winner. 
During his first term, he battled political corruption, which was epitomized by Samuel James, the operator of the convict lease system, state Treasurer Edward A. Burke, and Lieutenant Governor Louis A. Wiltz, who supported the corrupt Louisiana Lottery.
Nicholls chaired the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1879, and returned the state capital from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
Nicholls was governor of Louisiana in 1891, the year eleven Italians were lynched in New Orleans. Shortly before the incident, as thousands of angry protesters gathered near the Parish Prison, the Italian consul in New Orleans sought the governor's help. Nicholls declined to intervene.  
After his tenure as governor closed, Nicholls became Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1892, a post which he held until 1911. He also grew sugarcane and other crops on his Ridgefield Plantation near Thibodaux, the seat of Lafourche Parish. He died at Ridgefield. Francis and Caroline Nicholls, Thomas Clark Nicholls, and other family members are interred in St. John's Episcopal Church and Cemetery in Thibodaux.
From 1913 to about 1950, there was a vocational school at 3649 Laurel Street in New Orleans named for Nicholls. It opened as the Francis T. Nicholls Industrial School for Girls, and offered secondary vocational training, concentrating on apparel manufacturing. The school was later renamed Nicholls Vocational School for Girls, and even later Nicholls Evening Vocational School. 
In 1940, a new public high school, Francis T. Nicholls High School, was opened at 3820 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans. In the late 1990s the high school was renamed for former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass. It is now a charter school, part of the KIPP Family Schools and known as KIPP Renaissance High School. During the 1960s, the school was integrated and black students fought to change the team names from The Rebels and the mascot from the Confederate flag to the current Bobcat. 
There is a "Governor Nicholls Street" in New Orleans. Where it meets the Mississippi River near the downriver end of the French Quarter, there is a Governor Nicholls Street Wharf. Atop the wharf shed there, the United States Coast Guard built a manned control tower with a red and green traffic signal to control vessel traffic rounding Algiers Point.  When speaking to the controller via marine VHF radio, mariners address him or her familiarly as "Governor Nick."
In Baton Rouge, there is a sculpture of Nicholls by Isidore Konti.
Nicholls State University, founded in 1948, is a public university located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Nicholls is part of the University of Louisiana System. Originally called Francis T. Nicholls Junior College, the university is named for Francis T. Nicholls.
He is played by James Bearden in the 1999 HBO original film Vendetta.
Donating Materials to the Archives
The mission of the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Ellender Memorial Library is to serve as a repository for primary and secondary material relating to the geographical, historical, political and cultural uniqueness of Louisiana, primarily South Central Louisiana to support the instructional, research and service programs of the University and to provide a written, oral and pictorial record of the University.
By promoting interest in the history of this area and by procuring, organizing, preserving and providing access to material documenting this history, the Archives and Special Collections Department aids the Library and the University in their commitment to strengthen the social and cultural infrastructure of this region. For the purpose of preservation, the collection also contains non-regional rare and/or significant monographs and other media from a variety of disciplines.
Primary Resources at Nicholls State University
The Ellender Archives holds over two hundred collections of primary source material relating to University and regional history. Check out the Archives webpage to learn more.
Ferry across Bayou Lafourche at Labadieville, late 19th century. Joe Boudreaux (front) and Hypolite Truxelleau (ferry man) pulling ferry across bayou. Photograph #443 from the William Littlejohn Martin Collection.
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Finding History Books on the Shelf
Ellender Memorial Library uses the Library of Congress classification system. The lists below include call numbers where you can browse the shelves to find something that interests you. Books from similar su bject areas can be found together.
D: History (Non-American: World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Oceania)
History and Social Studies Education
A Fleeting Empire: Early Stuart Britain and the Merchant Adventurers to Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.
The Jacobean Union: A Reconsideration of British Civil Policies Under the Early Stuarts. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1999.
After the Fire: Ste.-Marie among the Hurons since 1649. Paul J. Delaney and Andrew D. Nicholls. Elmvale, Ontario: East Georgian Bay Historical Society, 1989.
'So very unequal to the place'? The Legal Apprenticeship of John Williams, Lord Keeper, c. 1605-1621, Journal of Anglican Studies, Volume 15, Issue 2, November 2017.
“’Vith His Accustumed Bauldness’: The Rise and Fall of James Stewart of Killieth, fourth lord Ochiltree.” The Stewarts: Journal of the Stewart Society, Edinburgh, Vol. 23 No. 2, 2009
“Declarative Mode and Its Ancestors: Aesthetics and British Abolitionism” in Donald Metz ed., Paul Sharits: Declarative Mode. Buffalo: Burchfield Penney Arts Center, 2008.
“Political Cartoons: A Historical Perspective” in Donald Metz ed., Caustic Ink: The Political Cartoons of Tom Toles. Buffalo: Burchfield-Penney Arts Center, 2007.
“Twice a Pioneer: Orville Wright in Canada, 1916-1941," Andrew Nicholls and Guy Johnstone. Inland Seas: Journal of the Great Lakes Historical Society. Vol. 62, Number 4, Winter 2006.
“The purpois is honorabill, and may conduce to the good of our service’: Lord Ochiltree and the Cape Breton Colony, 1629-31”, Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, Vol. XXXV, No. 2, Spring 2005.
“Showdown at Fort Rosemar”, The Beaver: Canada’s National History Magazine, June/July 2004.
“The Act of Union, 1707” in David Loades, ed. The Reader’s Guide to British History, London: Fitzroy Dearborn/Routledge, 2003.
“John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale”, Ibid.
“James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh”, Ibid.
“Glenorchy’s Lost Grain: A Great Lakes Precedent in Maritime Insurance Law”, Inland Seas: The Journal of the Great Lakes Historical Society, Vol. 57, Fall 2001, Number 3.
“For More than King and Country: Reflections on the Mercenary Tradition in Early Seventeenth Century Scottish Military History” Scottish Tradition (The Journal of the Canadian Association of Scottish Studies), Vol. 26, 2000.
“Pillars of the Authority of Princes”: “Reflections on the Political Employment of Bishops in the British Isles in the Reign of James VI/I” Scottish Tradition (The Journal of the Canadian Association of Scottish Studies), Vol. 24, 1999.
“Avoiding the Greek Chorus: Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Seminars” in David Allan ed., In at the Deep End: First Experiences in University Teaching, London and Lancaster: Times Higher Education Supplement, and Unit for Innovations in Higher Education, University of Lancaster, 1996.
“A private little war: The first British occupation of New France, 1629-1632.” Relations, No. 11, 1995.
“Report on the Log Book kept at Pile Light, River Tay, Scotland: 1889-1891.”University of Guelph: Collection Update, No. 15,1992.
“Mr. Wilkinson: A Grief Observed.” Thanatos, Vol. 16/No. 3, Fall 1991.
Barry Aron Vann, In Search of Ulster-Scots Land : The Birth and Geotheological Imaginings of a Transatlantic People, 1603-1703, in Journal of British Studies, Vol. 48, No. 1, January 2009.
Daniel Szechi, 1715: The Great Rebellion (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), Canadian Journal of History, Autumn 2008 Issue: volume 43, number 2.
T.M. Devine, Scotland’s Empire 1600-1815. (London: Penguin, 2003) Scottish Historical Review, April 2006, Vol. 85, 1 Issue.
Andrew Mackillop and Steve Murdoch, eds., Military Governors and Imperial Frontiers c. 1600-1800: A Study of Scotland and Empires. (Brill: Brill, 2003) Scottish Historical Review, April 2005, Vol. 84, 1 Issue.
Tom Bryan, Twa Tribes: Scots among the Native Americans. (Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland Enterprises, 2003) Ibid.
Marjory Harper and Michael E. Vance, Myth, Migration and the Making of Memory: Scotia and Nova Scotia c. 1700-1990. (Edinburgh: John Donald, 1999) Scottish Historical Review, Apr. 2003, Vol. 82, 1 Issue.
John E. Wills Jr., 1688: A Global History. (New York: Norton & Company, 2001) H-Net Reviews, August 2001.
Christopher Durston and John Young, eds., Celtic Dimensions of the British Civil Wars, Scottish Tradition , Vol. 23, 1998.
David Stevenson, King’s College Aberdeen, 1560-1641: From Protestant Reformation to Covenanting Revolution. (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1990) Scottish Tradition, Vol. 20, 1995.
Conrad Russell, The Fall of the British Monarchies, 1637-1642, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991) Scottish Tradition, Volume 19, 1994.
John Morrill ed., The Scottish National Covenant in its British Context, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1990) Scottish Tradition, Volume 19, 1994.
Guidelines and Toolkits
Oral History Guides. Instructional videos by the Minnesota Historical Society.
A Practical Guide to Oral History (pages 6-9), Southern Oral History Program.
Tutorials: Beginning and Oral History Project, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida.
Great Questions. Get Ready to Record, StoryCorps.
Interviewing Tips for Oral History Interviews, Library of Congress.
Oral History Guidelines, World War II Museum.
Additional Resources for Oral Histories
Audacity: free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
Oral History in the Digital Age, Michigan State University.
Before the Interview
Find out a few things about your interviewee prior to the interview so that you can familiarize yourself with the topics that you'll be discussing. For example, when interviewing veterans, review not only general information about the conflict your interviewee was involved in, but also do some research about the specific areas where they served and any battles they were involved in.
Make a list of questions based on what you know of the person and what you're interested in finding out. Try to ask open ended questions as opposed to yes or no questions. The best oral histories allow and encourage interviewees to tell stories and anecdotes, and your questions should be designed to get them started on remembering a particular topic. "Tell me what you remember about. " or "Describe.." are good ways to begin asking about a topic.
Start your interview with general "life history" questions, such as when and where the interviewee was born, where they grew up, what their parents did for a living, what they did for fun as kids, etc. You can use the biographical information you have from them as a starting place to base these questions on.
Send a list of your questions to your interviewee before the interview day. This will give them time to think about the questions, and may give them time to remember something they wouldn't be able to on the spot.
Determine how you will record the interview. Video recordings have a few advantages over recording of just audio. It can be easier to understand people when you can see their faces as they speak, you can better see how they feel about the stories they're relating, and overall you get a more complete impression of the person you're interviewing.
During the Interview
Begin your interview by stating your name, the date, the location of the interview, the name of the person you are interviewing, and the topics you'll be asking them about. The topics can be general (their life, their family, etc.) or specific (e.g. their experience serving in the Navy during World War II).
Be courteous and respectful. Allow your interviewee the time to remember things when asking questions, and try not to interrupt. Always thank the interviewee for taking the time to talk to you both before and after conducting the interview.
Resist the urge to talk about yourself or tell your own stories. This is their interview and their time - the topic should be their life.
If you are offered artifacts such as photographs during the course of your interview, be sure to write down as much information about them as your interviewee can give you: who or what is pictured, where it was taken, when it was taken, and the name of the photographer.
After the Interview
Think about what you can do to make it easy for people to find information in your interview. It's a good idea to transcribe your interview so that the information is easily searchable. Note that this will take longer than you think it will.
It's also a good idea to log the topics you discussed in the interview by the point in the interview you spoke about them.
Each of us wants to make friends, learn new things and do something that matters. It’s part of the human experience. You might say it’s in our DNA, but that doesn’t make it any easier to do. So in 1902, six young women formed an organization that would help them move these ideas forward.
A letter from the President
Hi, my name is Edie Delaune and I am so overjoyed to be the President of the Kappa Alpha Chapter! This sorority has been my guiding light, my biggest blessing, and has shaped me into the woman that I am today. I am so excited to get this year to give back to the sisterhood that has given me so much in such a short period of time!
Delta Zeta is so much more than an organization, it is a sisterhood! This sisterhood offers the most authentic love I have ever felt, houses memories we all will hold dear for our entire life, and gives the most selfless support in the moments we need it most. This sorority shapes women to be the best version of themselves! It goes without saying that not only is our history rich, but Delta Zeta has undoubtedly made its impact in the lives of countless members in time on campus at Nicholls State University!
I am so beyond ready to start this adventure with my sisters. Delta Zeta, you have my heart forever!
Lafourche Parish (La.) -- History, Local.
This collection spans 2 linear feet and includes materials dating from 1910 to 1983. The collection comprises photographs, printed materials, audio recordings, and other papers relating to the local history research of Martin Cortez.
Dietetics 330 Collection - Health Beliefs & Practices in a Diverse Society
This collection consists of audio cassettes, questionnaires, transcriptions, and surveys of food and health practices during the early twentieth century in the parishes of southeast Louisiana.
Historic Lafourche Parish Collection
This collection dates from 1773 to 2006 and spans 7 linear feet. It consists of photographs, reports, printed materials, correspondence, meeting minutes, maps, blueprints, ephemera, and artifacts relating to the history and culture of Lafourche Parish in Louisiana. The collection is divided into the following series: General parish history, People, Events, Organizations, Education, Churches, Foodways, Historic sites, Transportation, and Business and industry.
Lafourche American Revolution Bicentennial Commission and Lafourche Heritage '76 Collection
This collection contains architectural information, newspapers and clippings, maps, photographs, artifacts, oral histories, and ephemera relating to the history of Lafourche Parish.
Lafourche Heritage Society Records
Lafourche Parish Courthouse Records
Doris Mae Naquin Ledet Collection
This collection consists of the research materials of Doris Mae Naquin Ledet pertaining to the local history and genealogies of Lafourche Parish and surrounding areas. It includes genealogical charts, certificates, maps, photographs, newspapers, magazines, books, catalogs, photocopies, audiocassettes, medals, checks, and ephemera.
South Louisiana Oral History Collection
This is an artificial collection created by Ellender Memorial Library from oral histories donated over a period of decades. It comprises oral histories (on audiotape and videotape) and related materials collected from residents of South Louisiana between approximately 1972 and 1998. Interviewees discuss topics relating to local history and culture, including foodways, traditional crafts, race, religion, illness and medicine, education, labor, and industry.