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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

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[Series 4: Ephemera],
[Series 5: History],

Series 5: HistoryAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Illinois, 1919, 1938, 1955Add to your cart.
News items.
Folder 2: Rivers, 1943-1944Add to your cart.
News regarding the great flood of 1844, the Mississippi River, and the Levee in Claryville, Mo.
Folder 3: Southern Illinos, 1882-1964Add to your cart.
News items regarding Southern Illinois.
Folder 4: Carmi Times, 1953 September 18Add to your cart.
Carmi Times Sesqui-Centennial Edition, 16 sections.
Folder 5: DuQuoin Evening Call, 1953 September 18Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Murphysburo Daily Independant, 1926 March 18Add to your cart.
Reconstruction edition.
Folder 7: Carbondale Department of Sanitation, 1965 December 6Add to your cart.
One letter.
Folder 8: Carbondale Newspaper Articles, 1899-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Civic and Charity Club of Carbondale, 1907, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 10: OtherAdd to your cart.

Playground in Southern Illinois Carbondale!: United Farm Agency

Vote Saturday, May 21, Street Improvement Bond Issue, May 1965.

Folder 11: Southern Illinois University News, 1936-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Daily Egyptian, 1965 September 21, 29Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Journal ArticlesAdd to your cart.

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