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Nicoson, William, 1932-2013



  • Existence: 1932 - 2013

Biographical / Historical

William Jarvie Nicoson (1932-2013) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Marion Jarvie and William McGarvey Nicoson. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and Harvard Law School. Nicoson's career began at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. He worked in New York City and Paris practicing law before moving to Washington, D.C. in the 1960s. In 1965 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was created as an executive cabinet-level agency. William Nicoson was the first Director of the New Community Assistance Program at HUD. The primary goal of this office was to help foster cooperation among all levels of government and private business, both non-profit and profit. He resigned from this position in 1972. When he moved to Washington, D.C., from New York City, he moved to the then-new community of Reston, Virginia. Nicoson was very active in Reston community organizations and served on a number of boards and committees. He was one of the founders of the Reston Connection newspaper and he served as publisher and writer of a weekly column for five years. He also wrote a monthly column for the Reston Times. In 2002 he was given the "Best of Reston" award for his civic participation.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Planned Community Archives collection

 Collection — Box mapcase 5
Identifier: C0001
Abstract The collection consists of a variety of materials relating to planned communities across the United States with a particular emphasis on the planned community of Reston, Virginia, and international communities as well. The collection includes correspondence, reports, promotional material, community brochures, newspapers, videotapes, slides, photographs and architectural drawings and blueprints. The collection is divided into 11 series in 351 boxes and 3 mapcases and is dated from 1960 to...
Dates: 1960-2009

William Nicoson papers

Identifier: C0164

The William Nicoson papers contain material on Reston redevelopment, mostly promotional. The collection includes maps, charts, publications, slides, and newsclippings. The collection also includes information on federal housing agencies and documentation on new towns in the United States, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Dates: 1954-2007

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Architecture -- Designs and plans 1
Blueprints 1
Elevations 1
Floor plans 1
Photographic prints 1