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Nicholsloy Studio collection

Identifier: WUA119

Scope and Contents

The Nicholsloy Studio collection includes materials and notebooks documenting the careers of Sandra and Dave Nichols, correspondence with artists and writers, original prints and layouts of rebeat (a zine created by Nicholsloy Studio), a collection of zines by other artists, and a collection of materials related to the Beat Generation. Series I (Careers) includes correspondence from Sandra's employment at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, notebooks concerning art submissions and expenses, correspondence for art gallery submissions, art exhibit fliers, and photographs of art by Nicholsloy Studio. Series II (Correspondence) includes letters from local and national artists and writers. Series III (Zines) includes original publications and layouts of rebeat, an extensive collection of zines by other artists, and letters from zine creators to Sandra (sloy). Series IV (Beat collection) contains an inventory of Beat materials, zines, posters, photographs, and letters from Beat writers. Series V (Art) contains original art, prints, and mail art by Nicholsloy Studio and other artists. Series VI (Notebooks) contains records of art submissions, website and computer notes, correspondence, and art by Nicholsloy Studio.


  • 1960-2018


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

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Biographical / Historical

Sandra and Dave Nichols (who use the pseudonyms “sloy” and “nic”) are Salem, Oregon artists who together comprise Nicholsloy Studio. Sandra was born in 1943 in Bellingham, Washington and grew up in Everett, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Education from Western Oregon University and also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from the University of Oregon. Dave was born in 1947 in Salem, Oregon. He took courses in life drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon in the late 1970s. Before deciding to become an artist at age 33, Dave worked in lumber mills, built walk-in coolers and refrigerators, and painted houses. He is primarily a self-taught artist and honed his craft through experimentation and experience.

Sandra and Dave met at Chemeketa Community College in the late 1970s when Sandra was a faculty member who taught English and Creative Writing and Dave was a student. They married on June 17, 1984, in South Lake Tahoe, California. Their relationship permeates through their creative process as they often work together to make their art. They create work individually as “nic” and “sloy” and also collaboratively as Nicholsloy Studio.

Nicholsloy Studio’s work combines found objects, including intricately designed cardboard pieces, and written words or phrases to create imaginative and visually stunning pieces. Sandra is a poetry and poetic-fiction writer who arranges her written work in drawings, paintings, and canvas sculpture. Dave creates recycled cardboard sculptures, games, jewelry, musical instruments, and puzzles as well as oil paintings and colored pencil drawings. As artists, videographers, and collectors of art and zines, they are key figures in Salem, Oregon’s underground art scene.

sloy and nic have been featured in individual and group exhibitions in Oregon and Washington, including the Bush Barn Art Center, Chemeketa Community College Art Gallery, the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Their works can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States, including the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry in Miami, Florida.

Sandra and Dave Nichols currently reside in Salem, Oregon, where their home serves as a gallery and studio.


11.5 Linear Feet (22 boxes)


The Nicholsloy Studio collection documents the careers of Sandra and Dave Nichols during the years 1960 to 2018. The materials provide insight into relationships among artists and writers and document the unique art scene of Salem, Oregon. This collection includes mail art, original art, photographs, art gallery promotional fliers and posters, notebooks, digital files, correspondence with artists and writers, original prints and layouts of rebeat (a zine created by Nicholsloy Studio), a collection of zines, and a collection of materials related to the Beat Generation.


The records are arranged into six series: I. Careers, II. Correspondence, III. Zines, IV. Beat collection, V. Art, and VI. Notebooks. Series I includes five subseries: A. Sloy's and Nic's early careers (before and during Chemeketa Community College), B. Art related materials, C. Art galleries, D. Photographs, and E. Band management (Dharma Bums). Series II includes two subseries: A. Artists and B. Writers. Series III includes three subseries: A. rebeat, B. Zines by other artists, and C. Correspondence. Files are arranged in original order and in chronological order.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library


Guide to the Nicholsloy Studio collection, 1960-2018
Additions to the finding aid processed by Stephanie Milne-Lane. Finding aid originally processed by Jennifer L. Gehringer.
© 2018
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Finding aid written in English.
Processed with funds provided by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission's (NHPRC) Access to Historical Records grant.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States