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Agnes Nixon Papers

Identifier: 31/6/130
The Agnes Nixon collection fills 35 boxes, spans the years 1941-2013, and documents Nixon's 60-year career as an innovator in the soap genre.

The biographical materials section is arranged chronologically and contains various papers dating from the period 1942-2010. This section encompasses both the personal and professional life of Agnes Nixon, including class notes from her studies at Northwestern University, contact lists from various television endeavors, and a large collection of New Yorker covers.

The correspondence section is arranged alphabetically, with letters from the same correspondent grouped together.  These include various cast and crew members from All My Children, as well as family and Nixon's close friend Warren Buffett. Nixon had organized folders of personal correspondence from the years 1985-1991, and her organization was kept intact.

Press clippings/advertisements span the years 1948-2013, and encompass a variety of forms, including newspaper, magazines, and Internet articles. There is a great deal of material from the years 2011-2013, when All My Children and One Life to Live were ending their television runs and making the switch to online streaming, as this had never been done before in the soap opera world.

Agnes Nixon has received numerous awards throughout her career, which are arranged chronologically here. These include various Daytime Emmy award certificates, a Giants of Broadcasting award, as well as an invitation to the presentation of the 2013 Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award at Northwestern University and the 2014 Northwestern University Alumni Merit Award.

Photographs in this collection are arranged chronologically, with undated materials appearing at the end.  There are a great deal of All My Children photographs, both of individual cast members and of larger anniversary celebrations.  Additionally, this section contains numerous family photos of Nixon's as well as photographs from Robert Nixon's professional life as well.

The written work section is the largest of the collection and contains a wide variety of Nixon's professional writings, spanning the years from 1941 to 2012.  These are arranged chronologically but materials from specific programs are grouped together.  This section includes work from Nixon's years at Northwestern, including the radio play "No Flags Flying," as well as from her time adapting novels for NBC University Theatre.  Additionally, there are a great deal of All My Children and Loving story projections, as well as numerous undated pieces.

The artifacts/oversized items from this collection are contained in nonstandard sized boxes.  These include a number of scrapbooks from Nixon's career, as well as an All My Children board game and several glass paperweights from the All My Children finale in 2011.

The audiovisual materials are arranged chronologically and consist largely of VHS tapes, with a number of CDs and DVDs as well. Content includes documentaries, tributes, and interviews with Nixon, as well as clips or episodes of productions.


  • 1941-2013


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Agnes Nixon transferred the materials to Northwestern to be managed and/or curated by the University Archives. Northwestern may use, copy, or publicly display the materials (and allow others to use or copy the materials) for noncommercial purposes including research, educational, personal use, or preservation.

Conditions Governing Use

All copyrights and intellectual property rights in the materials shall, as between the parties, be retained by Agnes Nixon and the designee, if any ("the Designee") whose name and address shall be supplied in writing to Northwestern by Agnes Nixon for the period of any copyright. Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, Northwestern may not modify, adapt, translate, create derivatives from, distribute or transmit the materials or permit others to do so, without Agnes Nixon's (if living) or her designee's express written permission.


36.00 Boxes


The Agnes Nixon Papers document the 60-year career of radio and television writer, soap-opera innovator, and NU alumna Agnes Nixon, and include biographical materials, correspondence, press clippings and advertisements, awards, photographs, written work, artifacts, and audiovisual materials.

Source of Acquisition

The Agnes Nixon papers were donated to the Northwestern University Archives in 2013 and 2014, as Accessions 13-227, 13-238, 13-240, 13-245, 13-246, and 14-50.

Separated Materials

Nixon's Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award is held separately.
Guide to the Agnes Nixon Papers 31/6/130
Frannie Trempe
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US