Guide to the William Deering (1826-1913) Family Papers

Collection Title: William Deering (1826-1913) Family Papers
Dates: 1845-1983
Identification: 1/13
Creator: Deering, William, 1826-1913
Extent: 10 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The history of William Deering family and the lives of many of the family's individual members have been well chronicled in numerous sources. This series reflects a portion of the family's long service and generosity on behalf of Northwestern University.
Note: Other Information:Additions 1 and 2 were incorporated into the original container list as Box 1, folder 11; Box 2, folder 12.2.
Acquisition Information: Three accessions make up this series: #74-69, #81-171, and #85-204.
Processing Information: Processors:   Margaret Faverty and Linda Wolf; March 3, 1987.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Scope and Content

The series is arranged in one and one-half boxes and includes biographical materials, clippings, correspondence, and genealogical records documenting several generations of the Deering family and its relationship to Northwestern University.  The materials are arranged first according to the family member to which they pertain and then topically within' folders thereafter. One folder of general family genealogies, clippings, and profiles is filed at the front of the series.

The bulk of the series pertains to William Deering (1826- 1913). Included are general biographical materials obituaries, tributes, and correspondence relating to Northwestern University business. Of particular interest is a folder of correspondence, dating from the period 1861-1863 and 1877, between William and his son, Charles.

The remainder of the series includes biographical materials and correspondence relating to Charles Deering (1852-1927), Marion Whipple Deering (Mrs. Charles Deering, d. 1943), James Deering (1859-1925), Roger Deering (1884-1936), and Chauncey McCormick (1884-1925). Several Letters between Judge Elbert H. Gary and Charles and James Deering are included as is a publication highlighting the architecture and art collection of Marycel, Charles Deering's Spanish estate.

Addition 4, Box 7

A memorial book of tribute in honor of Charles Deering has been added to the series.  The book features a resolution adopted by the Board of Directors of the International Harvester Company, May 1 9, 1927, and presented in sympathy to Deering's wife and children. The book is hand-lettered and bound and measures approximately eight and one-half by eleven and one-half inches by one-half inch. Accompanying the book is a leather-covered slipcase. Also included in the addition is a copper plate made from a portrait etching of Charles Deering.

Addition 5, Box 8

A photograph album of Abby Deering Howe, sister of Charles Deering, has been added to the series. The album contains forty-five photographs of Abby Deering Howe and, presumably, members of her family and friends. The photographs date approximately from the mid- nineteenth through early-twentieth centuries.

Arrangement of Materials

The materials are arranged first according to the family member to which they pertain and then topically within' folders thereafter. One folder of general family genealogies, clippings, and profiles is filed at the front of the series.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)

Personal Name

Deering, William, 1826-1913

Subjects

Businessmen--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Deering Family: Genealogies, Profiles, Clippings, 1905-1983Box 1, Folder 1
  • William Deering
    • Biographical Materials, 1845-1913, n.d.Box 1, Folder 2
    • Obituaries and Related Clippings (1 Volume), 1913Box 1, Folder 3
    • Tribute from the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, 1894Box 1, Folder 4
    • Correspondence: William Deering – Henry Curtis, 1902Box 1, Folder 5
    • Correspondence: William Deering – Charles Deering, 1861-1863, 1877Box 1, Folder 6
    • Correspondence: William Deering – William Dyche, 1904-1905,1907-1908Box 1, Folder 7
    • Correspondence: William Deering – Thomas Hoag, 1878-1893,1866,1899Box 1, Folder 8
    • Correspondence: William Deering – Oliver Horton, 1906Box 1, Folder 9
    • Correspondence: William Deering – Robert Sheppard, 1892-1893, 1866, 1899Box 1, Folder 10
    • Correspondence: William Deering - Harry O. Hill, 1908, 1910Box 1, Folder 11
        Acquisition Information:  The addition to the William Deering Family Papers were donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Porter W. Heaps, via Robbee Baker Kosak, via Susan Jordan on April 20, 1989 (#89-58). Conditions governing access:  None. Description of the addition:  This folder represents the first addition to the William Deering Family papers. It contains two items of correspondence from William Deering to Mr. Harry O. Hill. The two letters were written and sent from Deering’s summer home in Cocoanut Grove, Florida. The letters are dated November 27, 1908, and April 25, 1910.
  • Charles Deering
    • Biographical Materials, 1917-64, n.d.Box 2, Folder 1
    • Correspondence, 1886-1900Box 2, Folder 2
        Contents:  Charles Deering - Stanley Dobson (1886-1887), Charles Dana Gibson (1896,1899), Oliver Wendell Holmes (1887), Clara Eleanor Longworth (1900), Wesley Merritt (1897), Frank Millet (1895), Thomas Nelson Page (1899), Edouard de Reszke (1899), Theodore Roosevelt (1897), Philip Sheridan (1885)
    • Correspondence: Charles Deering - Emily Sargent Richard Whitney, 1926Box 2, Folder 3
    • Correspondence: Charles Deering – Elbert H. Gray, 1898-1926Box 2, Folder 4
    • Correspondence: Charles Deering - Walter Dill Scott, 1924Box 2, Folder 5
  • Marion Whipple Deering
    • Biographical Materials, 1943Box 2, Folder 6
    • Correspondence, 1925-27Box 2, Folder 7
    • Marycel, Publicaciones de Revista de Arquitectura, 1918Box 2, Folder 8
  • James Deering
    • Biographical Materials, 1876-1971, n.d.Box 2, Folder 9
    • Correspondence: James Deering - Elbert H. Gary, 1916-1917, 1919-1925Box 2, Folder 10
  • Roger Deering
    • Biographical Materials, 1932-1936Box 2, Folder 11
    • Correspondence: Roger Deering - Theodore W. Koch, 1933-1935Box 2, Folder 12
    • Estate of Roger Deering's Bequest to Northwestern University (newsclippings), 1936-1937Box 2, Folder 12.20
        Conditions governing access:  None. Acquisition Information:  The addition to the William Deering Family Papers were donated to the University Archives by the University Development Research Department on July 24, 1989 (Accession #89-129). Note:  This folder was previously numbered 12a Description of the addition:  This folder represents addition 2. The addition to the William Deering Family Papers consists of one folder containing material relating to the Estate of Roger Deering's bequest, upon his death on February 2, 1936, to Northwestern University of approximately seven million dollars.
  • Chauncey McCormick
    • Correspondence, 1934-1935, 1942, 1945, 1950Box 2, Folder 13
  • Addition 3
      Processor:  Kevin B. Leonard; May 22, 1997. Conditions governing access:  None. Acquisition Information:  Acquired by the University Archives prior to 1974 (Accession #97-15)
    • 1896 Tribute from the Northwestern University Board of Trustees
        Scope and Contents: Book done by C.L. Ricketts, Chicago; binding by Ringer; includes wooden case.
    • Memorial tribute from former employees of Deering Harvester Company, December 11, 1913
        Scope and Contents: Book with brown leather-covered case, case features off-white satin lining; book made by A.B. Garman, Chicago
    • Seventieth birthday tributes from the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Evanston, April 26, 1896
        Scope and Contents: Book by C.L. Ricketts, Chicago; binding by Ringer; features a red, leather- covered case with olive green satin lining.
    • Seventieth birthday tribute from the Board of Trustees and the Faculties of Northwestern University
        Scope and Contents: By C.L. Ricketts, Chicago; binding by Ringer; brown, leather-covered case with light brown satin lining
  • Addition 4
      Processor:  Kevin B. Leonard; July 17, 1997. Conditions governing access:  None. Acquisition Information:  Acquired by the University Archives prior to 1974 (Accession #97-95). Description of the addition:  A memorial book of tribute in honor of Charles Deering has been added to the series. The book features a resolution adopted by the Board of Directors of the International Harvester Company, May 1 9, 1927, and presented in sympathy to Deering's wife and children. The book is hand-letterd and bound and measures approximately eight and one-half by eleven and one-half inches by one-half inch. Accompanying the book is a leather-covered slipcase. Also included in the addition is a copper plate made from a portrait etching of Charles Deering.
    • Memorial Book, 1927Box 7, Folder 1
    • Copper Plate of Portrait Etching, n.d.Box 7, Folder 2
  • Addition 5
      Processor:  Kevin B. Leonard; January 12, 1998. Conditions governing access:  None. Acquisition Information:  Mrs. Chauncey McCormick, niece of Abby Deering Howe, donated the album to the Northwestern University Library on June 5, 1951 (Accession #98-9). Description of the addition:  A photograph album of Abby Deering Howe, sister of Charles Deering, has been added to the series. The album contains forty-five photographs of Abby Deering Howe and, presumably, members of her family and friends. The photographs date approximately from the mid- nineteenth through early-twentieth centuries.
    • Photograph albumBox 8, Item 1
  • Addition 6
      Conditions governing access:  None Description of the Addition:  Thirteen silver spoons, one small pair of tongs, and a relish fork, all engraved with the name Deering, have been added to the series as artifacts. These fifteen items are held in a tarnish-proof box. Processor:  Kevin B. Leonard; October 7, 2005.
    • Deering family silverware, n.d.Box 9, Item 1
  • Addition 7
      Acquisition Information:  Received from Nancy McCormick, March 2010 (acc.# 10-34) Conditions governing access:  None. Description of the Addition:  The Deering Family recipe book, belonging to Marion Denison Whipple (1857-1943), contains recipes for products from food to homemade medications. The recipes are introduced by table of contents, with titles and page numbers and arranged alphabetically. Each recipe is hand written and many have been attributed to relatives as well as friends of the family, with names located at the end of the recipes in parentheses. Within this leather-bound recipe book there are recipes for camphor ointment (p. 12), curry (p. 8), various cakes and puddings, as well as several soft gingerbread recipes. Marion Denison Whipple was the wife of Charles Deering (1852-1927). Charles Deering’s U.S. Navy manual is hand-dated March 16, 1875. The booklet contains sections on sword exercises, proper use of guns, boat equipment information, as well as specific information about ships and their ordinance. The book appears to contain nine trade pamphlets for students of the U.S. Navy, though this particular copy has bound them together in a pocket-sized book. The bound pamphlets, in order, are “Cutlass Drill,” “Manual Exercise of Pivot Guns: XI-Inch Shell Gun on Iron Carriage” (1874), “Provisional Drill of Gatling Gun” (1873), “Equipment of Boats” (1873), “Manual for Loading the Remington Navy Rifle; with Instructions for Small-Arm Target Practice” (1873), “Notes on the Management of the Spar Torpedo” (1873), “Manual of Exercise for the Remington Breech-loading Navy Pistol,” “Manual of Exercise for the Navy Breech-loading Carbine” (1869), and “Divisional Course of Instruction, U.S. Gunnery Practice-Ship Constellation” (1872).
    • Deering family recipe book, n.d.Box 10, Folder 1
    • U.S. Navy manual, Charles Deering, 1875Box 10, Folder 2