Harold Nash Slides, AV.5327


Harold Nash Slides, AV.5327


Harold Nash was a ceramicist from Cincinnati, Ohio, who owned the historic Toler House in Skyco on Roanoke Island in the second half of the 20th century. This collection primarily consists of slides taken by Nash during his visits to the Outer Banks in the 1950s and 1960s.

Descriptive Summary

Harold Nash Slides
Call Number
Nash, Harold
0.400 cubic feet
Outer Banks History Center

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AV.5327, Harold Nash Slides, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Harold Nash Slides, 1952-1979, primarily consists of slides taken by Nash during his visits to the Outer Banks in the 1950s and 1960s. The slides largely depict scenes around the Outer Banks and members of Nash's family participating in various activities. Included in the collection are two photographs of Nash's home, the Toler House, as well as deeds and property maps related to the house.

Arrangement Note



Harold Siegrist Nash was born 8 November 1894 in Buffalo, New York. He attended Alfred University and majored in ceramics. He served in the U.S. Army during the first World War, after which he became a ceramic artist and worked in a pottery studio in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He operated Lake Pottery Co. in Round Lake, New York, from 1921-1923 and also worked at the Gilender Glass Plant in Port Jervis, New York. He married Marion Dixie Roads in 1921, and the couple had one child, Carolyn Nash (1922-2006). In 1927, he was invited to develop a ceramics program at the University of Cincinnati, founding what would ultimately become the Department of Ceramics. He retired from the university in 1965 after 37 years there. He died at Oak Pavilion Nursing Home in Cincinnati 24 September 1972 at the age of 76.

Nash frequently vacationed to the Outer Banks with his family, and in 1952, he purchased the historic Toler House in Skyco on Roanoke Island. At the time, it was one of the oldest homes in Dare County and had been used as a hospital in the Civil War. The house burned to the ground in the 1980s, and the family sold the property.

Contents of the Collection

Avon and Rodanthe, 1958-1959
Box 1
Boats and Marinas, 1959-1962
Box 1
Bodie Island and Coquina Beach, 1958-1964
Box 1
Colington, Stumpy Point, Manns Harbor, Eastern North Carolina, 1958-1959
Box 1
Flora and Fauna, 1959-1962
Box 1
Hatteras, 1958-1964
Box 1
Manteo, 1959-1960
Box 1
Nags Head, 1959-1964
Box 1
Ocracoke, circa 1950s
Box 1
Oregon Inlet, 1958-1960
Box 1
Pea Island, 1958-1959
Box 1
People, 1959-1962
Box 1
Portsmouth Island, circa 1960s
Box 1
Sand Roads and Fences, Ocean, 1950s-1960
Box 1
Skyco, 1958-1960
Box 1
Toler House, Skyco, 1952-1979
Box 1
Wanchese, 1958-1961
Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Tourism--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Travel--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Susan Taylor, March 2021.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Samantha Crisp, August 2021.