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Teeter family papers


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Title: Teeter family papers, 1868-1992Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 165

Primary Creator: Teeter family

Extent: 12.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection has been divided into five series: (1) Miscellaneous, (2) Correspondence, (3) Business, Financial, Professional, (4) Ephemera, (5) Regional History

Subjects: Carbondale (Ill.) - History, Teeter, Horace Hollister, 1845-1924., Teeter, Lillian, 1881-1977., Teeter, Nancy Belle, 1848-, Teeter, Robert, 1885-1973., Teeter family

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Scrapbooks, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - History - Photographs, Teeter, Horace Hollister, 1845-1924. - Correspondence, Teeter, Lillian, 1881-1977. - Correspondence, Teeter, Nancy Belle, 1848- - Correspondence, Teeter, Robert, 1885-1973. - Correspondence, Teeter family - Correspondence, Teeter family - Photographs

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Teeter family collection consists of family history and genealogical data, personal correspondence among family members, business and financial records, family deeds and wills, manuscripts written for university credit and for publication, photographs, and clippings concerning southern Illinois history, Carbondale growth and development, and Southern Illinois University.  The Teeter family contributed, mainly through the presence of Lillian Teeter, to the culture and history of Carbondale. Lillian Teeter was the focus of a book about Carbondale entitled Miss Lillian's Town and kept a great deal of correspondence and family artifacts that lend a unique perspective of the history of Carbondale, from the point of view of a family spanning from the end of the 19th century to her death in 1977. This collection also contains family artifacts, including a small coffee pot that may be from either the Spanish American War, or H.H. Teeter's famous filter invention. Special files in the Teeter Family collection include letters concerning the planning of the East St. Louis High School 50-year class reunion in 1973 which was filmed by Darren McGavin and issued as a movie titled "American Reunion". Also of interest is a journal containing the records of the Carbondale Civic and Charity Club, predecessor of the Carbondale Women's Club, from 1907 through 1913.

Biographical Note

Horace Hollister Teeter arrived in Southern Illinois in 1865 where he married Nancy Belle and had six children while establishing himself as an entrepreneur and businessman in Carbondale. His accomplishments include the development and marketing of an innovative coffee percolator, production of baking powder, and a production and sale of his own brand of furniture polish. Around 1900 he founded the Excelsior Paint Company which he managed until his death in 1924.

All six of the Teeter children were raised in Carbondale. Lillian Teeter remained in the area and taught public school. Lula Teeter died soon after giving birth to Louis Teeter, son of Frank Teeter, and the child was brought up by Lillian and Kate and later married Margaret Teeter with whom he had a son, Tim Teeter. It is Tim Teeter who is the last family member to have materials in the collection, ending in 1977 with Lillian Teeter's will.

The Teeters provide an authentic view of family life in Carbondale and southern Illinois from the end of the 19th century to Lillian's death in 1977.

Subject/Index Terms

Carbondale (Ill.) - History
Teeter, Horace Hollister, 1845-1924.
Teeter, Lillian, 1881-1977.
Teeter, Nancy Belle, 1848-
Teeter, Robert, 1885-1973.
Teeter family

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the compete citation to the original.

Related Materials: Related collections are the Lillian Teeter Manuscripts and the Emily Morris Faculty Papers. For more information please see

Related Publications: Miss Lillian's town : Carbondale, Illinois, 1823-1973 / [compiled by Emilyn S. Morris]Carbondale, Ill. : [E. S. Morris], c1980

Preferred Citation: [Item], Teeter Family papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Miscellaneous],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Business/Financial/Professional],
[Series 4: Ephemera],
[Series 5: History],

Series 1: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Includes Southern Illinois Normal University material
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sheet MusicAdd to your cart.
28 titles from the early 20th century.
Folder 2: Sheet Music Belonging to Louis TeeterAdd to your cart.
18 titles.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sheet MusicAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Southern Illinois Normal University alma matter songsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: SINU catalog, 1893-1894Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "A Circulation to the People of the State of IL.", 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 4: SINU commencement programs, 1877, 1878, 1896, 1903, 1908-1909, 1912, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Egyptian NewspaperAdd to your cart.

September 8, 1930

Oct. 1, 1930

Feb. 11, 1931

Folder 6: Events SINU, 1909-1963Add to your cart.

Tickets for alumni dinner

Programs, fall concert, 1915

Program, alumni dinner, 1940

Program, gymnastics 1908

Program, art show, 1908

Program, training school, 1909

Program, fall concert, 1914

Program, spring concert, 1915

Program, spring concert, 1916

Class of 1913 Golden anniversary, June 7-8, 1963

Program, SIU founders day, 1949

Program, 4th annual athletic and intellectual meet, 1912

Folder 7: Normal Gazett, 1888-1890Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Playing cardsAdd to your cart.
Playing cards with a picture of the Old Main Building on the backs.
Folder 9: SINU Report Cards, 1892, 1884, 1886Add to your cart.
Report cards of Lillian and Frank Teeter.
Folder 10: Rhetoric Class, Fall Term, 1903Add to your cart.
A study of Longfellow's Similitudes.
Folder 11: 75th Anniversary of SINU, 1874-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Zetetic Literary Society, 1874-1928Add to your cart.
Programs for events
Folder 13: History of the Zetetic and Socratic Literary Soceities, 1949Add to your cart.
3 copies.
Folder 14: Normal School Bulletin, 1908-1913, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 15: SINU alumni directory, 1945 JuneAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.

Including, but not limited to:

Coffee Pot: possibly from Spanish-American War or H.H. Teeter's filter invention.

Wood cut portrait of a woman.

Small notebook belonging to H.F. Teeter.

Materials on Masons.

Several copies of the New Testament.

Shakespeare Birthday book filled out with dates and names belonging to Margaret Eishenan, 1926.

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[Series 1: Miscellaneous],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Business/Financial/Professional],
[Series 4: Ephemera],
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