Babb Family and Theater Collection, 1901-2012
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Brief Description:

The collection is split into three series: (I) Babb Family, (II) Productions, and (III) Oversize and Artifacts. Records within the collection range from 1901 to 2012, but predominately fall within the last half of the 20th century.

Series I consists of papers of the Babb family, including records relating to Nancy Babb’s career as an elementary teacher as well as family photographs, school records, and postcards from sites around the Northern Illinois region.

Series II consists of theater programs and tickets as from productions attended by Nancy Babb from 1977 to 2017 in the Northern Illinois region. She was also a frequented the Metro Centre in Peoria, IL whose programs and tickets are also in the collection. Also included in this series are programs from concerts and ice-skating events.

Series III contains buttons, ribbons, and plaques collected by Claude Babb, including several Northern Illinois Steam Power Club buttons from 1971 to 1993 from The Sycamore Show where Claude attended as a representative for Taylor Marshall Farm. There is also an ice-skating programs in this series.

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/359
Volume: 2.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/26/2017.
Arrangement: Materials are arranged by type and then loosely by date within each series.
Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions to the collection.
Subject Index
Babb Family
Engle Family
Northern Illinois Steam Power Club
Rochelle (Ill.)
Streator (Ill.)
Taylor Marshall Farm
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Sally Sawicki  The collection was donated on January 26, 2017 by Sally Sawicki, the executor of the Nancy Babb estate, Rochelle, IL.