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John Needels Chester collection

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Autographs, portraits, mansucripts, and other material pertaining to Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French

Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to American history, chiefly concerning the Civil War

Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to writers and literature, chiefly American

Other autographs, portraits, and manuscripts



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John Needels Chester collection, 1703-1939 | University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Collection Overview

Title: John Needels Chester collection, 1703-1939Add to your cart.

ID: 01/01/MSS00075

Primary Creator: Chester, John Needels (1864-1955)

Extent: 175.0 Items

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French

Series 2: Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to American history, chiefly concerning the Civil War

Series 3: Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to writers and literature, chiefly American

Series 4: Other autographs, portraits, and manuscripts

Subjects: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821, United States--History

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of approximately 175 manuscript items collected by John Chester, a member of the University of Illinois Class of 1891, who gave portions of his collection to the University Library over a twenty year period. The manuscripts comprise autographs, letters, news clippings, and portraits, including over 100 items concerning Napoleon Bonaparte and people associated with him, as well as similar memorabilia concerned with American history (especially the U.S. Civil War) and American writers, including Oliver Wendell Holmes and Joel Chandler Harris.

Besides this manuscript collection, Chester gave many books to the University of Illinois. Among Chester's early gifts to the university was a first edition of Sir Walter Raleigh's The History of the World (1614). This volume was the first gift made to the Library through the University of Illinois Foundation. His other gifts included a collection of material concerning the period of World War I, books on Napoleon Bonaparte, his family, and his era, fifteen volumes of literature, including a first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, and two manuscript letters written by James Whitcomb Riley. (Note that this collection includes only the manuscript material that Chester donated; the other items were catalogued separately). The manuscript material was formerly catalogued with the call number MS944.05n16wche

Some items individually described in the Letters card catalog.

NOTE: Some information about individual items in this collection may have been cut off in a previous database transfer. This finding aid reflects the most up-to-date information in our records.

Biographical Note

Born 24 Sep 1864 in Groveport, Ohio to Hubert Chester and Melvina Sophia Needles. Moved to Champaign County, Illinois, with his family in 1865.

Graduated University of Illinois 1891 with a degree in engineering, earned his professional degree in civil engineering in 1909 and his master's from UIUC in 1911. Member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers and member and past president of the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania.  Member and Vice President of the American Society of Civil Engineering and won the George Warren Fuller award of the American Water Works Association for distinguished service in the field of water works supply.  founded the company of Chester and Fleming Engineers in Pittsburgh, which became Chester Engineers after Fleming's death.  Was a director of the University of Illinois Foundation. Died 1 Nov 1955 in Urbana, Illinois, after a 7 year illness. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Urbana, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
United States--History

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions:

The RBML reproductions policies can be found here:

http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/ReproductionServices.htm

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would damage materials or involve violation of copyright law.

Acquisition Method:

Gift, 1934-1956.

Gift, 1936.

Gift, 1948/49 from J.N. Chester

Gift, 1955/56 from the estate of John Needels Chester, class of 1891.

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Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Autographs, portraits, mansucripts, and other material pertaining to Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French],
[Series 2: Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to American history, chiefly concerning the Civil War],
[Series 3: Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to writers and literature, chiefly American],
[Series 4: Other autographs, portraits, and manuscripts],
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Series 4: Other autographs, portraits, and manuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 1-1: From: Moore, Tom., undatedAdd to your cart.
Composition by Tom Moore.
Physical Description: 1 sheet music. 1 piece(s).
Item 1-2: undatedAdd to your cart.
Facsimile signatures of famous authors.
Physical Description: 1 clipping. 1 piece(s).
Item 2: From: Viscolini, Adelina Patti., 1892/10/23Add to your cart.
Autograph letter, signed
Physical Description: 1 letter. 1 piece(s).
Item 3: undatedAdd to your cart.

Corp. Body/Address: Evans. 1307 Walnut St., Philadelphia.

Photograph of a unknown person.

Physical Description: 1 photograph. 1 piece(s).
Item 4-1: From: Stephenson, Robert., undatedAdd to your cart.
Lithograph of Robert Stephenson, an English engineeer.
Physical Description: 1 etching. 3 piece(s).
Item 4-2: From: Stephenson, Robert., 1849/08/04Add to your cart.

Autograph letter, signed

English engineer and son of George Stephenson.

Physical Description: 1 letter. 3 piece(s).
Item 4-3: From: Stephenson, George., undatedAdd to your cart.

Corp. Body/Address: Johnson Fry & Co. Publishers. New York.

Etching of George Stephenson, an English engineer.

Physical Description: 1 etching. 3 piece(s).
Item 5: From: Sunday, W.A.  To: Chief Usher., 1914/01/14Add to your cart.

Corp. Body/Address: Pittsburgh Evangelistic Committee Campaign. Forbes St. and Bellefield Ave.

A pass for a member of the choir.

Physical Description: 1 letter. 1 piece(s).
Item 6-1: undatedAdd to your cart.
Other Information: dup with MISCELLA 008, 001
Physical Description: 1 clipping. 3 piece(s).
Item 6-2: 1907Add to your cart.

Corp. Body/Address: E. Parsons & Sons. 45, Brompton Road, London, S.W.

Old English Engravings and Drawings.

Other Information: dup with MISCELLA 008, 001
Physical Description: 1 clipping. 4 piece(s).
Item 6-3: undatedAdd to your cart.
Corp. Body/Address: E. Parsons & Sons. 45, Brompton Road, S. W.  Theatrical Portraits.
Physical Description: 1 clipping. 4 piece(s).
Item 6-4: undatedAdd to your cart.
"The Land O' Lemons" a poem about the state of Virginia.
Physical Description: 1 reproduction. 4 piece(s).

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[Series 1: Autographs, portraits, mansucripts, and other material pertaining to Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French],
[Series 2: Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to American history, chiefly concerning the Civil War],
[Series 3: Autographs, portraits, manuscripts, and other material pertaining to writers and literature, chiefly American],
[Series 4: Other autographs, portraits, and manuscripts],
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