William Deering family papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1845–1983
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

10 boxes of material consisting of biographical materials, clippings, correspondence, and genealogical records documenting several generations of the Deering family. Included among the Charles Deering papers in this collection are letters from Charles Dana Gibson (1896, 1899), Francis Davis Millet (1895), and Emily Sargent (Emily Sargent Richard Whitney) (1926).

Biographical Historical Note

Charles Deering was an American businessman, art collector, and philanthropist. He was an executive of the agricultural machinery company founded by his father that became International Harvester.

Charles Dana Gibson was an American illustrator best known for the “Gibson Girl,” the graphic embodiment of the independent American “New Woman” at the turn of the twentieth century.

Francis Davis Millet was an American painter, sculptor, and writer who served as director of decorations for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

Emily Sargent (Emily Sargent Richard Whitney) was the sister of American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent, of whom Charles Deering was a patron.