Richard E. Steen (1915-2002) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Richard E. Steen Papers document the life of Northwestern University graduate, Richard “Dick” Enoch Steen (Class of 1938), primarily his travels through Europe after graduation. The collection begins with Steen’s biographical materials dating before, during, and after his time at Northwestern, including notebooks kept in the mid-1930s filled with diary entries, newspaper clippings, quotes, comics, programs, and more. The bulk of the collection includes correspondence, diaries, souvenirs, and five scrapbooks with annotated photographs taken by Steen during his European trip, June-November 1938. Other materials included in the collection are documents related to Steen’s role as Northwestern Alumni Regent of the Washington D.C. area, New Trier High School yearbooks and class notebooks, and Steen’s Northwestern University diploma.
Materials added in 2021 include photos of Steen and of various trips/events (including some Northwestern-related photos and some photos of his trip to Europe) on loose scrapbook pages, one photograph of Steen and Richard Nixon, and letters documenting a donation made by Steen to Northwestern. The Nixon photograph and donation letters include cover letters from Steen’s son, Jim, regarding the enclosed items.
- 1931 - 2001
- Majority of material found within 1938
- Steen, Richard E., 1915-2002 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at email@example.com or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
The Richard E. Steen Papers document the life of Northwestern University graduate, Richard “Dick” Enoch Steen (Class of 1938), primarily his travels through Europe after graduation. Richard Enoch “Dick” Steen was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 18, 1915.
Collection is arranged into two series by subject.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection donated by James Steen (accession numbers 15-149 and 16-13). Materials in Box 3 (Folders 9-10) and Box 4 added in 2021.
John Evans Club Platter; Wooden Box of Cards featuring the Weber Arch; Wood Box of Coasters featuring art from The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (1999); Book “Roosevelt: A Study in Fortune and Power” by Emil Ludwig (Third Edition), published by Garden City Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1941.
- Guide to the Richard E. Steen (1915-2002) Papers
- Mary Pedraza
- November 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository
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