Ella Hume Taylor Collection (Geneseo), 1881-1940
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Brief Description:

The Ella Hume Taylor Collection is made up of materials collected by Mrs. Taylor from the Henry County area.

The major portion of the collection is made up of letters, reminiscences, town and township histories obtained by Ella Hume Taylor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among these are autobiographical and biographical sketches of the ‘Old Settlers of Henry County’ Theodore Davenport, George Brandenburg, and others. Also included are programs and by-laws of the Old Settlers Association of Henry County and the Henry County Historical Society dating from the same period.

Another large portion of this collection is the history and records of the First Congregational Church of Geneseo, Illinois. These include centennial books from 1884, programs from church services (1918-1933), and several treasurer’s reports, as well as women’s club membership books, (1927-1937).

In addition there are two record books for the Henry County Sunday School Association which date from 1912 to 1939. These books contain the executive meeting minutes, convention programs, attendance records, and treasurer’s reports.

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/034
Volume: 1.75 Linear Feet
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Alpha (Ill.)
Andover (Ill.)
Bishop Hill (Ill.)
Colona (Ill.)
Congregationalists
Cornwall (Ill.)
Diaries-- 1840-1869
Diaries-- 1870-1909
Diaries-- 1910-1960
Farm life
First Congregational Church (Geneseo, Ill.)
Geneseo (Ill.)
Henry County (Ill.)
Loraine (Ill.)
Morristown (Ill.)
Old Settlers Association of Henry County
Sunday schools
Taylor, Ella Hume
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: behalf of Mrs. James H. White  The Ella Hume Taylor Collection was donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on behalf of Mrs. James H. White of Geneseo, Illinois. Mr. Gilbert Swanson of Cambridge, Illinois, transferred the collection to the Center on October 16, 1978.