Storrs & Deville Chabrol Family papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1850–2002, bulk 1860–1945
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

8.6 linear feet (14 boxes and 3 oversize boxes) of material consisting primarily of the correspondence, personal materials and writings of Marguerite Deville Chabrol Storrs and her family. Storrs family papers consist primarily of correspondence to and from D.W. Storrs, father of John Storrs, and a small amount of material related to John Storrs, including a few letters, notes and doodles, exhibit catalogs, and the manuscript of a Russian general's autobiography, which John Storrs evidently encouraged the general to write while they were both prisoners of the Nazis in 1944.

Biographical Historical Note

Marguerite Deville Chabrol Storrs was the French-born author and wife of sculptor John Henry Bradley Storrs. The two met and married in 1914 in  Paris, where John Storrs had come to study with Auguste Rodin. Their daughter Monique was born in 1918, and in 1921 the couple purchased the Chateau de Chanticaille in Mer, France, their primary residence, though they traveled often to the United States. Marguerite Storrs published many novellas, short stories and art reviews under the pseudonym Marc Debrol, and also worked as a reporter for French newspapers.

Additional Notes

Related collection: A Century of Progress Records, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.