Author Biographical Info

Herman Eberhard Detering, III, was born July 2, 1938, in Houston; his father H.E. Detering, Jr. (1902-1977) was also born in Houston and his grandfather H.E. Detering, Sr. (1862-1927), was born in Germany but came to Houston in 1871. Detering, Sr., was the founder of The Detering Company Building Supplies, which is still operated (as of 2020) by the family. H.E. Detering, III was the longtime owner of the Detering Book Gallery, a rare bookstore in the Houston area. He died March 21, 2015


MS 203

Publication Date(s)

January 23, 2023




Psychiatry, Photography, Photograph collections, Mental illness, Psychiatric hospitals, Houston (TX), Barre (MA), Bloomingdale Hospital, Henri Dagonet (1823-1902), J. M. (Jean Martin) Charcot (1825-1893), Detering Book Gallery (Houston, TX), McLean Hospital, Th. (Theodor) Ziehen (1862-1950), Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926), FotoFest 1988 (1988 : Houston, TX), photographs, books, artifacts (object genre), photographs » negatives (photographs)


This collection reflects the interest Herman E. Detering, III, owner of the Detering Book Gallery, had in photography and psychiatry in the 19th century. A primary focus is on the treatment and study of people experiencing various forms of mental illness. Publications from numerous hospitals, asylums, and other organizations are included. The coverage includes the United States, France, England and other places in Europe. See more at MS 203.


The Detering Rare Book Collection was created and books shelved together in the HRC stacks. Archival materials were boxed and in appropriate sized boxes and shelved in the archival stacks and oversize sections.



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