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Collection Overview

Title: Dixon Chamber of Commerce Records, 1887-1980

ID: RHC/RC/173

Extent: 2.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Dixon Chamber of Commerce records are organized into three series: Minutes & Committees, Programs & Events, and Subject Files & Publications.

Date Acquired: 04/25/1984

Subjects: Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce of Dixon, Dixon (Ill), Economic development., Retail trade

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dixon Chamber of Commerce records are organized into three series:  Minutes & Committees, Programs & Events, and Subject Files & Publications.  The collection documents the Chamber’s activities from 1920-1980, although two earlier documents are included in Box one, folder one: a copy of the original incorporation papers (1887) and the resolution that changed the organization’s name (1915).

The first series, Minutes & Committees, contains Board of Directors Minutes (1920-1979), Minutes of various committees (1964-1979) and financial information (1925-1966).  Additional financial reports and committee minutes are located within the Board minutes.  Due to a fire in the Chamber’s office, some of the Board minutes are singed and difficult to read.

The second series, Programs & Events, consists of background files on the Chamber’s Annual Dinner (1967-1971), Consumer Complaints (1967-1978), the New Teachers Welcome (1965-1967), and Business Management Seminars (1977-1978).  Related to these files are those in the third series, Subject Files & Publications.  Subjects covered in this series are Airport Planning (1928-1931), Dixon’s Centennial (1930) and Promotional Pamphlets, Maps and Guides of Dixon (1953-1967).  Researchers  should  note  that  the collection contains no material on Dixon’s annual Petunia Festival.

Collection Historical Note

On April 18, 1887, the Citizens Association of Dixon was formed to promote the economic, civic, and moral welfare of the people of Dixon. Later, on April 16, 1915, the Association changed its name to the Chamber of Commerce of Dixon. Since then, the Chamber has worked to attract new industries to Dixon, sponsored Dixon’s Centennial, maintained the Memorial Arch, and mediated consumer complaints. The Chamber has, also, devoted its energies to attracting conventions, improving highway access, and promoting Dixon as a scenic tourist spot. Despite two fires in their office (in December, 1924 and in June, 1984), Dixon’s  Chamber of Commerce continues to pursue its goal of uniting the city’s citizens in order to build a solid community and a good business climate.

Subject/Index Terms

Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce of Dixon
Dixon (Ill)
Economic development.
Retail trade

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center. Literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: The Dixon Chamber of Commerce

Acquisition Method: The Dixon Chamber of Commerce donated its records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on April 25, 1984.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Minutes & Committees],
[Series II.: Programs & Events],
[Series III.: Subject Files & Publications],

Series I.: Minutes & Committees
Box 1
Folder 1: Organization Papers and Histories, 1887, 1915, 1921, 1945, 1951
Folder 2: Financial Statements, 1925-1957, 1965-1966
Folder 3: Tax Returns, 1945-1959
Folder 4: Membership Lists, 1968, 1976
Folder 5-10: Board Minutes, 1920-1924, 1928-1952, 1957
Box 2
Folder 1-10: Board Minutes, 1958-1979
Folder 11: Board Correspondence, 1953, 1965, 1967-1974, 1977
Folder 12: Committees & Bureaus: Advertising Committee, 1969
Folder 13-14: Committees & Bureaus: Farm/Business Council, 1964-1973
Folder 15: Committees & Bureaus: Industrial Bureau, 1966-1968
Folder 16: Committees & Bureaus: Retail Bureau, 1970, 1972-1973
Folder 17: Committees & Bureaus: Tourism Committee, 1973-1977
Folder 18: Committees & Bureaus: Blackhawk Hills Tourism Council, 1972-1979
Series II.: Programs & Events
Box 2
Folder 19: Arch Fund, 1966, 1967
Folder 20: Calf Banquet, 1965
Folder 21: Chamber Annual Dinner, 1967-1971
Folder 22: Christmas, 1965
Folder 23: Community Booklet Questionnaire, 1978
Folder 24-25: Consumer Complaints, 1967-1978
Folder 26: Farmers Market, 1975
Folder 27: Golden Checks Promotion, 1977
Folder 28: 'Let's Talk About Dixon' Campaign, 1967-1969
Folder 29: New Industry Luncheon - E. Edelman Company, 1972
Folder 30: New Teachers Welcome, 1965-1967
Folder 31: Pink Magic Auction, 1975
Folder 32: Post Office Dedication, February 14, 1963
Folder 33: Press Releases, 1972-1979
Folder 34: Seller's Registration, 1971-1975
Folder 35: Servicemen Letters, 1969
Folder 36: University of Illinois - Business Management Seminars, 1977-1978
Folder 37: V.I.P. Dinner, 1969
Folder 38: Walgreen (Mrs. Charles) Birthday Party, June 1963
Series III.: Subject Files & Publications
Box 3
Folder 1: Airport - Planning and Building, 1928-1931, 1966
Folder 2: Business District Reports, 1971, 1981
Folder 3: Chicago Northwestern Railway, 1965-1968
Folder 4: Cable Television, 1967
Folder 5: Dixon Centennial Celebration, 1930
Folder 6: Dixon Maps and Guides, 1953, 1960, 1963, 1967
Folder 7: Dixon Promotional Pamphlets, no date
Folder 8: Food Stores - Sunday Opening, August 1965
Folder 9: Illinois Sesquicentennial, 1966-1968
Folder 10: J. I. Case Company - Dixon Works, 1931
Folder 11: Local Affairs - Correspondence, 1972-1975
Box 4
Folder 1: Miss American Teenager Pageant, 1969
Folder 2: Oakwood Memorial Mausoleum, 1967
Folder 3: YMCA, 1965
Folder 4-5: Newsletters, 1956-1958, 1968-1980
Folder 6: Chamber Photos (13), no date
Folder 7: Dixon Photos (17, 4 negatives), 1967

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