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William Deering (1826-1913) Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1/13
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.

Dates

  • 1845-1983

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

10.00 Boxes

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.

Arrangement Note

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.

Method of Acquisition

Three accessions make up this series: #74-69, #81-171, and #85-204.

Other Descriptive Information

Additions 1 and 2 were incorporated into the original container list as Box 1, folder 11; Box 2, folder 12.2.

Processing Information

Processors:   Margaret Faverty and Linda Wolf; March 3, 1987.
Title
Guide to the William Deering (1826-1913) Family Papers
Author
Margaret Faverty and Linda Wolf
Date
03/03/1987
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3354