Lucinda O. Wanner Collection (Glen Ellyn), 1900-1976
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Brief Description:

The Lucinda O. Wanner Collection arrived at The Dirksen Center in no apparent order.  After repeated sorting, the processing staff concluded that the best arrangement system would be based on the following series of documents and artifacts: Audiovisual, Certificates, Correspondence, Memorabilia, Miscellany, Personal, Photographs, and Reference.  All the series except Memorabilia and Reference are arranged chronologically.  The Memorabilia series consists of two boxes of loose artifacts and elephant figurines, and the Reference file comprises numerous alphabetically-arranged subseries.  Each series is more completely described in a series description.

The Wanner Collection contains several significant series.  The Correspondence series includes letters to and from Lucinda Wanner and others concerning personal, business and political interests.  Some form letters were left in the series, but many boxes of unsolicited form letters were discarded.  The Correspondence series most directly reflects Mrs. Wanner’s interests and beliefs.

The Personal file comprises three subseries:  Church, Financial, and Miscellany.  The Church file contains mostly printed material on two Congregational churches to which Mrs. Wanner belonged; Financial contains bills, receipts, cancelled checks, and other material, arranged by year.  The Miscellany subseries includes various items of a personal nature, like Christmas card and gift lists, family history, and vacation records.

The Reference file is the largest and most complex series in the Wanner Collection.  The processing staff based the arrangement of the series on Lucinda Wanner’s subject files.  Mrs. Wanner collected printed material, form letters, clippings, correspondence, notes, and other documents on topics, issues, people, and organizations that interested her.  The staff organized the bulk of the subject files into six chronologically arranged sub-series: Campaigns, Clippings, Newsletters, Notes, Politics, and Public Statements.  Files that did not fit into any of the subseries were arranged alphabetically by subject along with the six larger subseries.  The staff left related papers together under the subject files instead of transferring them to appropriate files like Correspondence, Notes, or Clippings.  Exceptions were Photographs and Certificates.  Item disposition sheets mark places in the files where photos or certificates were removed.

The Politics subseries contains the largest group of papers in the Reference series and is further divided into files on Cook County, DuPage County, Illinois, Kane County, Kendall County, Lake County, National, Putnam County, Will County, and Winnebago County.  The files for DuPage County, Illinois, and National politics are further subdivided into files on various political organizations.  The Politics subseries reflects Lucinda Wanner’s wide span of interests in the Republican party.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/163
Volume: 37.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1983.
Arrangement:

The Lucinda O. Wanner Collection arrived at The Dirksen Center in no apparent order. After repeated sorting, the processing staff concluded that the best arrangement system would be based on the following series of documents and artifacts: Audiovisual, Certificates, Correspondence, Memorabilia, Miscellany, Personal, Photographs, and Reference. All the series except Memorabilia and Reference are arranged chronologically. The Memorabilia series consists of two boxes of loose artifacts and elephant figurines, and the Reference file comprises numerous alphabetically-arranged subseries. Each series is more completely described in a series description.

The Personal file comprises three subseries: Church, Financial, and Miscellany.

The Reference file is the largest and most complex series in the Wanner Collection. The processing staff based the arrangement of the series on Lucinda Wanner’s subject files. The staff organized the bulk of the subject files into six chronologically arranged sub-series: Campaigns, Clippings, Newsletters, Notes, Politics, and Public Statements. Files that did not fit into any of the subseries were arranged alphabetically by subject along with the six larger subseries. The staff left related papers together under the subject files instead of transferring them to appropriate files like Correspondence, Notes, or Clippings. Exceptions were Photographs and Certificates. Item disposition sheets mark places in the files where photos or certificates were removed.

The Politics subseries contains the largest group of papers in the Reference series and is further divided into files on Cook County, DuPage County, Illinois, Kane County, Kendall County, Lake County, National, Putnam County, Will County, and Winnebago County. The files for DuPage County, Illinois, and National politics are further subdivided into files on various political organizations.

Subject Index
Aurora (Ill.)
Congregational Church (Glen Ellyn)
Cook County (Ill.)
DuPage County (Ill)
Elections--United States
Erlenborn, John
Glen Ellyn (Ill.)
Illinois. General Assembly
McCarthy, Joseph
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States--Politics and government
Wanner, Lucinda O.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]