Nucleosomes are assembled by an acidic protein which binds histones and transfers them to DNA

@article{Laskey1978NucleosomesAA,
  title={Nucleosomes are assembled by an acidic protein which binds histones and transfers them to DNA},
  author={R. Laskey and B. M. Honda and A. D. Mills and J. Finch},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1978},
  volume={275},
  pages={416-420}
}
The nucleosome subunits of chromatin are assembled from histones and DNA by an acidic protein which binds histones. The nucleosome assembly protein has been identified and purified from eggs of Xenopus laevis. 
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