DeKalb County Historical Society Records, 1865+
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Brief Description: The records in this collection document the activities of the DeKalb County Historical Society from 1972 to 1986.
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/003
Volume: 2.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 03/17/1978. Additional material was donated by Christine Engstrom on October 14, 1991. Additional records were added at various times.

The records in this collection fall into two series. The first series contains constitutions, minutes (1972-1976), and newsletters (1973-1986) which reveal the scope of the society’s programs and projects designed to preserve the heritage of DeKalb County. Printed materials, photographs, and slides focus on events sponsored by the Society and the historical celebrations of towns throughout Illinois. Nearly all the records of the Society prior to its revival as an active group in 1972 appear to have been lost. Nevertheless, the materials are particularly useful for studying the role of a local historical society in the community.

The second series contains the papers of Harriet Wilson Davy which were donated by her granddaughter, Christine Engstrom. Mrs. Davy was responsible for editing the DeKalb County history From Oxen to Jets, which was published in 1963. The files consist of correspondence, research, and rewrites of various subjects for the book. Two copies of the book can be found on the county history shelf in the Reading Room.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the materials in the collection.
Subject Index
African Americans
Boone County, Flora Township
British Americans.
Croatian Americans
Czech Americans
DeKalb (Ill.)--History.
DeKalb County (Ill)
DeKalb County (Ill.) Historical Society
Diaries-- 1840-1869
Ethnic groups.
Finnish Americans
German Americans
Hispanic Americans
History--Societies, etc.
Italian Americans
Korean Americans
Lithuanian Americans
Norwegian Americans
Serbian Americans
Sycamore (Ill.)
World War II
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the records are held by the DeKalb County Historical Society; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: DeKalb County Historical Society  The DeKalb County Historical Society deposited its records at the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on March 17, 1978.