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Addition 7

Identifier: Series 11
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.


  • 1845-1983

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From the Collection: 10.00 Boxes

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Acquisition Information Received from Nancy McCormick, March 2010 (acc.# 10-34)
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).


Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US