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Teeter family papers


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Collection Overview

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 3: Business/Financial/ProfessionalAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Deeds to Real EstateAdd to your cart.
Real estate documents regarding property in Grayson Co. KY., Laclede Co., Mo., St.Clair Co., IL.,  and Jackson Co., IL.
Folder 2: Tax Receipts, 1872-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Redemption Certificats and Tax Receipts.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Property Taxes, 1871-1918Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Special Assessments on Real Estate, 1913-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Real Estate Insurance, 1899-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 7: H.H. Teeter and Sons Business, 1904-1916Add to your cart.
Testimonials concerning Teeter's Excelsior Paint.
Folder 8: H.H. Teeter and Sons Business, 1880-1933Add to your cart.
Letters to H.H. Teeter from various business associates.
Folder 9: H.H. Teeter Patents and Agreements, 1879-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Banking, 1873-1928Add to your cart.
Check stubs, bank payments, canceled checks, bank books, bills and receipts.
Folder 11: Life Insurance, 1881-1908Add to your cart.
Insurance policy and receipts from I.O.M.A. Insurance as well as materials regarding association with the fraternal organization American Home Circle
Folder 12: Business, 1917-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bills and Receipts, 1884-1920Add to your cart.
Bills and receipts of Nancy B. Teeter.
Folder 14: Bills and Receipts, 1887Add to your cart.
Carrie Teeter's receipt from SINU.
Folder 15: Bills and Receipts, 1926Add to your cart.
Statement from Phillips Supply Co.
Folder 16: Court Summons, 1932Add to your cart.
Court Summons Circuit Court Cook Co. Oct. 1932 for H.F. Teeter.
Folder 17: Bonds, Mortgages, Loans, Etc., 1924-1937Add to your cart.
Letters regarding mortgage and other financial matters  to Kate Teeter from banks and attorneys.
Folder 18: Bank Statements, 1928-1953Add to your cart.
Bank statements, deposit slips, safe deposit box receipt, and check stubs.
Folder 19: Canceled Checks, 1948-1954Add to your cart.
Kate Teeter's canceled checks.
Folder 20: Bills and Receipts, 1899-1958Add to your cart.
Kate Teeter's bills and receipts.
Folder 21: Stocks and Bonds, 1905, 1925Add to your cart.
Correspondence concerning, and receipts for, stock in The Carbondale Loan & Improvement Assn, North American Oil Co. and Capital Stock of National Oil Company of Delaware.
Folder 22: Bank Statements, 1942-1972Add to your cart.
Lillian's bank statements and check stubs from First National Bank of Carbondale.
Folder 23: Canceled Checks, 1926-1957Add to your cart.
Lillian Teeter's canceled checks.
Folder 24: Bills and Receipts, 1894-1963Add to your cart.
Lillian Teeter's bills and receipts.
Folder 25: Teacher's Salary Schedules, 1915-1924Add to your cart.
Board of education salary schedule for East St.Louis.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: High School English Curriculum, 1922Add to your cart.
High school English curriculum for East St.Louis.
Folder 2: Supplemental Reading ListsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Speech/DramaAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: School Related ItemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Teaching PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Stocks and Bonds, 1905Add to your cart.
Receipt for 10 shares in the Carbondale Loan & Improvement Association.
Folder 7: Louis Teeter Receipt Book for Life Insurance, 1922-1927Add to your cart.
Receipt from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Folder 8: Timothy Teeter's Paycheck Stubs, 1975-1980Add to your cart.
Paycheck stubs for Timothy Teeter from Nutrition Headquarters, 1st National Bank, Radio Shack and the Jackson County Clerk's Office.
Folder 9: H. Frank Teeter, 1898-1899Add to your cart.
Military materials.
Folder 10: Kate Teeter's JournalAdd to your cart.
Essays, poems, and stories.
Folder 11: Lillian TeeterAdd to your cart.
Materials related to Lillian Teeter's involvement with her church and with The Order of the Eastern Star.
Folder 12: Vachel Lindsay, 1931-1932Add to your cart.
Notices and clippings about the death of Vachel Lindsay.
Folder 13: ReminiscencesAdd to your cart.

"Things we children had for entertainment"

"Original Cost of house & Additions"

"Business Carbondale"

Folder 14: OtherAdd to your cart.


Christmas card list

Folder 15: Robert W. Teeter, 1906 April 24Add to your cart.
Recital, Carbondale Quartet. April 24, 1906.
Folder 16: Robert W. Teeter Jr., 1924, 1951, 1964Add to your cart.
Theater and recital programs.
Folder 17: Lillian Teeter's Academic WritingAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Lillian Teeter's Academic WritingAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Lilliant Teeter's Class Notes and Related MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Lillian Teeter's ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: QuotationsAdd to your cart.
15 sheets of famous quotations.
Folder 22: Media NotesAdd to your cart.
24 pages of handwritten grammatical errors heard on tv.
Folder 23: Robert W. TeeterAdd to your cart.
Notes to a speech describing early student life at SIUC, words to a song, and an essay "Normal Notes".
Folder 24: Louis TeeterAdd to your cart.
Newspaper and magazine clippings with attached communication from Louis Teeter. Pages from a short story.
Folder 25: Margaret Eiseman TeeterAdd to your cart.
Two essays.

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