Who Was William Brewster Nickerson?

Image of William Brewster NickersonThe Nickerson Room is named in memory of William Brewster Nickerson, a young U.S Navy Pilot, killed over Vietnam in 1966. His feelings about his role as a bomber pilot are evident in this letter fragmentPDF document. The Nickerson Archive honors his memory.

William was the son of College President E. Carleton Nickerson, who served as President of Cape Cod Community College from 1964 to 1972.

A Chatham native, E. Carleton Nickerson led the College in planning and establishing the present campus; the first community college in the state ever to build a new campus.

Image of first CCCC president, E. Carleton NickersonNickerson was respected and loved by faculty and students alike. One former student commented that Mr. Nickerson was "Like a father; if you had a problem, he would take you right into his office, put his hand on your shoulder, and calm you down."

The Nickerson Cape Cod History Archive is the only resource dedicated to serving the research needs of students and scholars in the history and culture of Cape Cod in its entirety. Used heavily by writers, historians and genealogists, the archive includes unique and rare deeds, manuscripts and personal papers, genealogical resources, historic photos and images, and various artifacts, notably scrimshaw. The archive also preserves the works of Cape Cod authors, artists, playwrights, poets and historians.