Title: Charles Deane collection Creator: Deane, Charles, 1813-1889 Inclusive dates: 1840-1909 Bulk dates: 1848-1889 Extent: 0.25 linear feet Abstract:
This collection contains correspondence that Charles Deane, a merchant and historian based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, received in the mid-19th century. Deane's correspondents included ministers, historians, and politicians, who discussed American history, contemporary historiography, and the activities of historical societies in the Boston area.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190 Phone: 734-764-2347 Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
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Charles Deane Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Charles Deane was born in Biddeford, present-day Maine, on November 10, 1813, the son of Ezra Deane, a physician. He attended local schools before moving to Boston, where he worked for merchants Waterston, Pray & Company; he became a partner in 1840. In 1856, he published an annotated transcription of William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation and received an honorary master's degree from Harvard University. After his retirement in 1864, Deane devoted his time to historical studies, traveling throughout the United States and Europe. In 1871, he received an honorary law degree from Bowdoin College. Deane married Helen Waterston in 1841, and they had six children: Lucy, Mary, Charles, Walter, Ruthven, and George. Charles Deane died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 13, 1889.
This collection contains correspondence, gift acknowledgements, engraved portraits, and photographs related to Charles Deane, a merchant and historian based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Deane's correspondents included ministers, historians, and politicians, who discussed American history, contemporary historiography, and the activities of Boston-area historical societies.
The Correspondence series (165 items) contains 146 letters to Charles Deane, 5 letters to Robert C. Waterston, 4 letters to Helen Waterston Deane, and 10 letters to Deane's children and other recipients. Charles Deane's correspondents provided news of social events in Boston and Cambridge, particularly related to local historical and antiquarian societies. Many writers offered opinions on Deane's writings, acknowledged the receipt of his publications, or thanked Deane for reviewing their own material. Others discussed topics in American history. One partially printed invitation regards a "Popham Celebration" in honor of the founding of the first English colony in North America (August 10, 1869). Additional items include a condolence letter from Thomas Wentworth to Helen Deane after Charles Deane's death (November 14, 1889).
Charles Deane received 8 Gift Acknowledgements between April 17, 1845, and October 13, 1864, thanking him for contributions to the Harvard University Library (6 items), the Boston Public Library (1 item), and the Boston Athenaeum (1 item). The documents are signed by Josiah Quincy, John Langdon Sibley, and other library affiliates. Two Engraved Portraits depict William Ellery Channing (1780-1842) and Amos Lawrence (1786-1852).
The Photographs series contains 3 carte-de-visite studio portraits depicting William Ellery Channing, Ezra Stiles Gannett, and George Livermore.