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The archive comprises seventeen personal diaries, six folders of correspondence and a small amount of reference and research material. Thirteen of the seventeen diaries date from 1933-1939 and cover Nicolson’s formative years. They chart the period when Nicolson was studying modern history at Balliol College (1933-36); travelling extensively in Europe and the United States; studying with Bernard Berenson at the Villa I Tatti; working as an unpaid intern under Kenneth Clark at the National Gallery; and studying at Harvard University’s Fogg Museum. There is a separate diary covering his experiences during the Second World War; another covering the years immediately following his appointment at the Burlington and a final piece covering an infatuation that he had in the late 1960s. The Archive also includes correspondence from a wide range of friends and acquaintances dating from the same period. This includes, for example, letters from Isiah Berlin, Lawrence Gowing, and Lucien Pissarro.
Lionel Benedict Nicolson (1914–1978) was a British art historian and author. He was the elder son of authors Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West. He was Deputy Surveyor of the King’s Pictures (1939-1947), serving in British Army Intelligence for the duration of the Second World War. He was editor of the Burlington Magazine (1947-1978).