Oversize Collection - Maps, Posters, Photographs, Calendars, Drawings
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Brief Description:

The Oversize Collection consists of unbound items from various Regional History Center collections which are too large to store in regular archival boxes.

The Oversize Collection contains five major groups of documents: posters and broadsides, photographs and prints, maps, newspapers, and certificates.

The Embree Collection's railroad calendars and posters show the locomotives of various railroads from the late 1930's through the mid-1950's. The war poster collection contains 629 posters from World Wars I and II depicting recruiting, morale, propaganda, and production incentive. A pdf of the item level inventory of the World War I and II posters can be found in the inventory. Due to the fragile condition of these posters the researcher will view the color slide reproductions instead of the actual posters.

Oversize photographs and prints include scenes of northern Illinois and local residents.

The collection of regional maps includes nine pre-1832 maps of the Great Lakes region from the Nelson Collection and sixteen maps of Illinois from 1835-1911 showing the development of Illinois counties. There are also special purpose maps concerning Illinois rail lines, coal fields, highways, and climate. Maps of DeKalb show the development of the county and city from the 1842 forward.

The collection of newspapers is maintained for use in exhibits and provides front pages for such things as the Pearl Harbor attack, the Chicago Fire, the ends of World War I and II, the Kennedy Assassination, the Chicago Bears Super Bowl title, and so on. DeKalb city and county special anniversary issues are also available here.

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/200
Volume: 75.0 Cubic Feet
Access Restrictions: There are access restrictions to the original Civil War documents contained in RC 275 (Drawer 33, Folder 14). Copies have been made of the originals and are avaialbe to researchers.
Subject Index
American Body and Cab Company
American Legion
American National Red Cross
American Wagon Company
Aurora (Ill.)
Batavia (Ill.)
Bradt Family
Burlington RR
Carroll County (Ill.)
Chicago and North Western Railway Company.
Coal trade
Commonwealth Edison Company
DeKalb (Ill.)
DeKalb County (Ill)
DuPage County (Ill)
Elgin (Ill.)
Embree Family
Evergreen Cemetery, DeKalb County
Geology--Northern Illinois
Glidden Family
Grand Army of the Republic.
Great Depression.
Grundy County (Ill.)
Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.)
JoDaviess County (Ill)
Kane County (Ill)
Kendall County (Ill)
Lake County (Ill)
LaSalle County (Ill)
Lee County (Ill)
McHenry County (Ill)
National guard
Northern Illinois University
Oakwood Cemetery, DeKalb
Ogle County (Ill)
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
Postal service
Presidents--United States.
Rockford (Ill.)
Rock Island (Ill.)
Rural free delivery
St. Charles (Ill.)
Stephenson County (Ill)
Sugar Grove (Ill.)
United States. Army.
United States. Navy
United States Centennial celebrations, etc - Bicentennial
V-J Day, 1945
Wagner Family
Whiteside County (Ill)
Will County (Ill)
Winnebago County (Ill)
World War I
World War II
Young Men's Christian Associations
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes:   The Oversize Collection consists of unbound items from various Regional History Center collections which are too large to store in regular archival boxes.