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Mildred Conrad Horner Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-BC461

Scope and Contents

The Mildred Conrad Horner Collection consists of 6 cubic feet and one oversize folder of research material collected by Mrs. Horner for a proposed biography of Charles S. Deneen (1863-1940), Republican two term Governor of Illinois (1905-1913), that was never completed. The collection consists of research notes, correspondence, photostat copies of original documents and letters, genealogical information, transcripts, newspaper clippings, and published material. The collection reflects Mrs. Horner’s research into the life and background of Charles Deneen, and includes correspondence with Deneen and his sister Florence Deneen.


  • Created: 1799-1940
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1892-1940
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1943


Conditions Governing Access

Open for Research


6.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Mildred Conrad Horner Collection was compiled by Mrs. Horner (d. 1942) in preparation for writing a biography of Charles S. Deneen, two term Republican Governor of Illinois. Mrs. Horner, a resident of Chicago, was a long-time school teacher, writer and genealogist.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in twelve series: Series 1, Biography; Series 2, Political, 1892-1940; Series 3, News Clippings, 1902-1932; Series 4, Correspondence and Notes, 1923-1932; Series 5, Genealogy; Series 6, Lebanon, Illinois; Series 7, McKendree College; Series 8, Maps; Series 9, Methodist Episcopal Church; Series 10, St. Clair County; Series 11, Dickens; and Series 12, Survey, W.L. Deneen. Series 1, Biography (Box 1) contains research notes from newspaper articles concerning Charles Deneen and the time that he lived, and information about the political, educational and social forces which influenced his life. Also included in this series, a file of newspaper clippings concerning the life and politics of James Hamilton Lewis (1866-1939), Democratic Senator from Illinois from 1913 to 1919, and 1931 to 1939. Series 2, Political, 1892-1940 (Boxes 1-2) contains research notes from newspapers coverage of politics during the period of Deneen's political involvement. These notes are arranged chronologically. Included is a folder of printed campaign literature, mostly from the 1930 senatorial campaign. There is also a bound volume containing a detailed itinerary of Deneen’s gubernatorial campaign in 1912. Series 3, News Clippings, 1902-1932 (Boxes 2 and 3) contains newspaper clippings arranged chronologically. The greatest number of clippings come from 1930 when Deneen unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate. There are also handwritten transcripts of some speeches by Deneen in the 1912-1924 folder. Two folders contain clippings concerning Calvin Coolidge from 1925 to 1927. Series 4, Correspondence and Notes (Box 4) contains Mrs. Horner’s files of correspondence during her research on Deneen, including Deneen himself and his sister Florence Deneen. Some outgoing correspondence is included. Also in this section is correspondence concerning biographical information about Roy O. West (1868-1958), Secretary of the Interior during the Coolidge administration, and the campaign manager of Deneen’s political campaigns. Series 5, Genealogy (Boxes 4 and 5) is arranged in two parts. The first contains photostat copies of original documents and letters relating to Deneen’s forbears; these are arranged chronologically from 1779 to 1917. The second section is an alphabetical arrangement of genealogical notes of fourteen families related to the Deneen family. Series 6, Lebanon, Illinois (Box 5) contains research material and notes of historical and political information about Lebanon. Series 7, Maps (Box 5) includes two folders of undated maps of 50 Chicago wards. Series 8, McKendree College (Box 5) contains research material on the history of McKendree College, in Lebanon, Illinois. Included are photographic reproductions of minutes from meetings held at the college in 1874 and 1875, as well as reproductions of other documents relating to McKendree. Series 9, Methodist Episcopal Church (Box 6 and oversize folder) contains research notes on the M.E. Church, including the church’s history in Georgia and Illinois, and notes taken from the Christian Advocate. Photostat copies of quarterly meetings of the Southern Illinois Conference of the M.E. Church from 1826 to 1913 are included. (The collection lacks 1832-1835,1847-1854, 1868-1871, 1874-1875, 1877, 1882, 1887, 1889-1890, 1893, 1895, 1898, 1900-1912.) The years of 1826 to 1831 are in the oversize folder. Series 10, St. Clair County (Box 6) includes research notes on the history and politics of St. Clair County, Illinois. Included are photostat copies of typed transcripts of land records and documents. Series 11, Dickens (Box 6) contains research notes on Charles Dickens’ 1842 visit to Illinois. Included is a handwritten transcript of William Kinney’s (1781-1843) Answer to Dickens’ Notes for American Consumption (Richview, Illinois: Printed at the “Phoenix” office for Robert K Fleming, 1857), written in reply to Dickens’ observations made on the occasion of his visit to the area. Series 12, Survey, W.L. Deneen (Box 6 and oversize folder) contains seven bound volumes. Six of these are survey field notes of the Lebanon, Illinois area made by Charles Deneen’s grandfather, William Lyons Deneen (1798-1879), from 1849 to 1878. A plat map of Lebanon, Illinois drawn by William Lyons Deneen is in the oversize folder. The final volume is John Wesley’s Sermons on Several Occasions Vol. VIII (New York: Robinson and Little, Printers for Ezekiel Cooper and John Wilson, 1806) which belonged to Henry Hypes (1775-1854), great-great grandfather to Charles Deneen.
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Repository Details

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