John Henry Deering Papers
Scope and Contents
The diary contains information about the author's llfe as a carpenter in Bath, Maine, in 1856, where he carved trailboards for ships. It also describes his life as a settler in Palmyra Township in the Kansas Territory in 1858, where he transferred his carpentry skills to repairing and building wagons. The author noted his involvement in politics, both in Maine and the Kansas Territory, and his membership in the Masons. Other materials contained in the collection include a transcription of the diary, newspaper articles and obituaries about the author and his family, a student paper about the diary and author, and donation correspondence.
- Created: 1856-1858
- Other: Majority of material found in 1856,1858
- Other: Date acquired: 02/04/1947
- Deering, John Henry (Person)
Biographical or Historical Information
An alternate spelling for Deering is Dearing, which is found in the content of his diary and on records from Maine.
Note written by Melinda Rittgers
Language of Materials
This collection contains the diary of John Henry Deering, an early Kansas settler. He began the diary in 1856 in Maine. There is a break of one year, then the diary resumes in the Kansas Territory in 1858. A transcription of the 1858 section is included.
The diary is maintained in its original order. Additional materials are in chronological order. There are five folders, consisting of the J. H. Deering Diary, J. H. Deering Donation Correspondence, Obituary and Newpaper Articles, Transcription of Diary, and Student Paper-" John Henry Deering in Relationship to Kansas History."
Physical Access Requirements
Handling of the diary should be limited, due to the damaged binding and crumbling edges of the paper.
This diary was passed down to the author's grandson, Mark A. Hampshire, who donated it to Baker University.
Source of Acquisition
Mark A. Hampshire
Method of Acquisition
- John Henry Deering Papers
- Melinda Rittgers
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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