Guide to the Teresa Dean Papers

Collection Title: Teresa Dean Papers
Dates: 1899-1931
Identification: MS48
Creator: Dean, Teresa
Extent: 5 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Teresa Dean Papers consist of scrapbook pages of Dean's columns for Town Topics and other magazines arranged chronologically between 1899 and 1931; drafts of some of these articles; drafts and government reports for her book on the Philippines (ca1916); issues of Town Topics, Gossip, and The Debutante which contain articles by her; and several photographs and miscellaneous biographical newspaper clippings.
Acquisition Information: The papers and materials related to Teresa Dean in this collection were originally deposited with the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University by her son Warren Dean in 1941; they were later transferred to the McCormick Library of Special Collections. Photocopies of some documents, articles and ephemera were donated by Dan DeMuth, a grandson of Warren Dean, in 2009.
Processing Information: Processed and organized by department staff before 1980.
Conditions Governing Use: All patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.
Conditions Governing Access: There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research.
Related Materials: For additional archival materials related to Teresa Dean and Warren Dean see the papers of Elmo Scott Watson at the Newberry Library in Chicago.Information about related materials is available at http://www.newberry.org
Repository: Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/spec
Email: special.collections@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3635

Biographical/Historical Information

Teresa H. Dean (d. 1935) is sometimes considered the first female war correspondent for stories on the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Rebellion in China, and insurrections in the Philippines, Mexico and Cuba. Her reputation was founded on columns signed "The Widow" while writing for the Chicago Herald, the Inter Ocean, the Chicago Tribune, and Town Topics and other magazines in New York City. Town Topics published "The Widow" columns for more than twenty years. Dean also wrote White City Chips (1895), Reveries of a Widow (1899), How to be Beautiful: Nature Unmasked (1899), and The Widow in the South: A Series of Letters (1903).

Teresa Dean was born in New York to Henry and Louise (aka Eliza) Patten who moved their family to Appleton, Wisconsin during her childhood. She attended Lawrence University and was married to Albert S. Dean from 1875 to 1888; they had at least one son, Warren Dean. She may have been widowed from an earlier marriage to someone by the name of Howard. By 1890 she was writing columns for the Chicago Herald; the paper assigned her to go to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, a few weeks after the massacre at Wounded Knee, to write about the Sioux ghost dance. While living in Chicago, she also wrote for the Inter Ocean and the Chicago Tribune; her columns covering the World's Columbian Exposition were published in 1895 as White City Chips. From 1892-1896 she was married to Dr. W. Lewis Tallman, easily obtaining a divorce after the public scandal of his affair, and receiving legal right to use the name "Dean" again. She was successful in publishing some collections of her columns, but failed to find a publisher for her book on conditions in the Philippines which she observed in 1915-1916. Toward the end of her life she had few financial resources and she was living with her son, Warren Dean, when she died in 1935.

Scope and Content

The Teresa Dean Papers consist of scrapbook pages of Dean's columns for Town Topics and other magazines arranged chronologically between 1899 and 1931; drafts of some of these articles; drafts and government reports for her book on the Philippines (ca1916); issues of Town Topics, Gossip, and The Debutante which contain articles by her; and several photographs and miscellaneous biographical newspaper clippings. Topics for her articles and columns include the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Philippine insurrection, the Russo-Japanese war, conditions in Cuba and Mexico, U.S. presidential campaigns, the First World War, and various political and social events. There are also several photographs of Teresa Dean and some business and personal correspondence related to her trips abroad.

Subjects

Subjects

History, Modern--19th century

History, Modern--20th century

Journalists--United States--19th century


Container List / Contents

  • Town Topics columns: Spanish-American War, Boxer Revolt, Philippine Insurrection, 1899-1902Box 1, Folder 1
  • Town Topics columns: problems of the South; current events comments, 1903Box 1, Folder 2
  • Town Topics columns: Russo-Japanese War, St. Louis World's Fair, 1904Box 1, Folder 3
  • Town Topics columns: Panama Canal trip, Theodor Roosevelt presidential campaign, 1905Box 1, Folder 4
  • Town Topics columns: Cuban investigation, 1906-1907Box 2, Folder 1
  • Town Topics columns: conditions in Cuba, 1907-1908Box 2, Folder 2
  • Town Topics columns: Oklahoma tour, woman suffrage, 1909Box 2, Folder 3
  • Town Topics columns: current events, 1909-1911Box 2, Folder 4
  • Town Topics columns: Taft-Roosevelt campaign, 1912-1913Box 3, Folder 1
  • Town Topics columns: Mexican trip, 1914Box 3, Folder 2
  • Town Topics columns: Mexican punitive expedition, 1915Box 3, Folder 3
  • Town Topics columns: Philippine investigation, World War, 1916-1920Box 3, Folder 4
  • Correspondence (personal and business)Box 4, Folder 1
  • PhotographsBox 4, Folder 2
      Scope and Contents: 3 photographs of Teresa Dean; 2 photographs on a Native American reservation; 1 unidentified photograph.
  • Miscellaneous papers, 1908; 1930-1932Box 4, Folder 3
      Scope and Contents: Dean's expense sheets from Hotel Algonquin; description of Chinese art, antiques, jewelry; correspondence with Library of Congress regarding Buddhist text (1908).
  • Miscellaneous articles and ephemera, 1895-1932Box 4, Folder 4
      Scope and Contents: Includes newspaper clippings about Dean and drafts of press releases about her.
  • Drafts of memoirs "Memories of the Widow"Box 4, Folder 5
  • Drafts of miscellaneous articlesBox 4, Folder 6
  • Notes and preliminary drafts of miscellaneous articlesBox 4, Folder 7
  • Magazines, 1921-1931Box 4, Folder 8
      Scope and Contents: The Debutante (June-July 1921); Gossip (11/18/1921; 3/10/1922); Town Topics (3/13/1930; 1/15/1931; 11/19/1931; December 13, 17, 1931).
  • Reports on the Philippines, 1914-1915Box 5, Folder 1
  • Drafts for book on the PhilippinesBox 5, Folder 2
  • Miscellaneous carbon typescripts re: PhilippinesBox 5, Folder 3
  • Carbon copies of drafts for material on the PhilippinesBox 5, Folder 4
  • Carbon copies of miscellaneous article drafts (duplicates)Box 5, Folder 5
  • Carbon copies of memoires (duplicates)Box 5, Folder 6
  • Carbon copies of miscellaneous article drafts (duplicates)Box 5, Folder 7
  • Photocopies of correspondence, documents and ephemera, 1935-1945; 1972; 1993Box 5, Folder 8
      Donor:  Donated by Dan DeMuth.