John L. Gent Collection, 1905-1946
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Brief Description: Materials in the John L. Gent collection date from 1905 to 1946, but are predominantly from the years leading up to and including World War II (1936-1945). While serving Gent collected artifacts significant to his time at war. These artifacts represent a large portion of the collection and include foreign paper money and coins as well as military arm bands, patches, ribbons, pins, and belt buckles. Nazi Party propaganda postcards, many of which feature Hitler, are also included in the collection. A small part of the collection consists of U.S. Army publications given to serviceman during WWII.
Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/354
Volume: 1.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 09/15/0016.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
DeKalb (Ill.)
United States. Army.
World War II
Genres/Forms of Material
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Sue Breese  The Joiner History Room donated the collection to the Regional History Center.
Related Materials: Researchers interested in war propaganda may also be interested in the collection of World War I & II posters found in RC 200. For more information please see