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Title: W.W. Embree Collection (DeKalb), 1881-1966

ID: RHC/RC/002

Extent: 63.5 Linear Feet


The W.W. Embree Collection (RC 2) also falls into a logical series of record groups defined by Embree’s collecting activities. The first series (boxes one through seven) contains the family’s genealogy, correspondence, diaries, and records books. The Civil War correspondence found in box 6, folder 15 has been removed. A photocopy of the original letters is available for use by researchers. Series two (boxes eight through fifteen) documents through photographs, the streets, businesses, events, and groups of DeKalb from 1900 through the 1950's. The prints and negatives in this series can be used through a comprehensive index prepared by Waite Embree (see Appendix A)

Series three (boxes twenty-six through thirty-seven) also provides photographic documentation; in this group, the photos and negatives are of the Embree family and DeKalb area citizens. Boxes twenty-eight and twenty-nine contain photos of many DeKalb individuals and families which are arranged alphabetically by surname: an index can be found in Appendix B to this inventory.

Finally, the largest--and perhaps most significant--records series in the collection, series four (boxes forty through seventy-three), gives excellent photographic documentation of rail rolling stock in the Midwest during the period 1900-1950. The photographic prints and negatives illustrate various types of engines and are arranged alphabetically by railroad name, then by type of drive wheel configuration. Three indices arranged by railway, location, and general description are available for the prints and negatives. A large volume of printed materials which complements the photos include timetables, guides, promotional brochures, rail magazines, and approximately one hundred volumes on rail history. A former University Archivist added some volumes to this book collection and contributed a great deal of the organization of this whole series.

In keeping with the agreement concerning the donation of the collection to the University the integrity of arrangement by Embree has been respected whenever possible. The original collection contained four clearly identifiable sets of historical records and the inventory at hand details the largest and most significant of these sets of records.

Date Acquired: 03/00/1967

Subjects: Adams, Thomas J., Boy Scouts, Chicago and North Western Railway Company., Chicago Great Western Railroad Company, Civil Works Administration (U.S.), DeKalb (Ill.)--History., Diaries, DeKalb, Diaries-- 1910-1960, Embree Family, Hemenway Family, Illinois Central Railroad Company, Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Pictorial works, Railroads, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence, Wagner Family, World War I, World War II, Wurlitzer Company

Forms of Material: Glass plate negative, Lantern slides., Photographs, Tintype

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Waite W. Embree and his father, Elmer E. Embree, preserved most of the historical materials generated by the family’s business and social activities. Waite, especially, collected a large volume of printed materials and photographs that relate to his main interests--the history of DeKalb and the history of railroading. It is important to note that Embree was a collector: indeed, in the absence of an active county historical society, Waite Embree filled a void in DeKalb County with his keen interest in the preservation of the county’s past for many decades.

    Researchers should note that three record series originally accessioned in the Embree collection have been separated from it.  First, a photo morgue of approximately 13,000 negatives from the DeKalb Chronicle (1940-1956) has been returned to the newspaper.  Second, Embree’s postcard collection may be found in the Center’s postcard collection (RC 199).  Third, the artifacts and war posters have been added to the Page Museum Collection (UA 11) and the Oversize Collection (RC 200) respectively.     The Embree Collection, then provides excellent source material for research in family history, the history of the DeKalb area, and the evolution of railroads during the first half of the twentieth century.  The photographs, especially, provide a unique complement to the other manuscript collections held by the Center documenting DeKalb’s past.

Collection Historical Note

Elmer Embree was born August 6, 1877, at Waverly, Nebraska. His parents died when he was small and he lived with relatives until his graduation from high school in 1896. Shortly afterwards he came to DeKalb and in 1902 he became associated with Frank Mosher of DeKalb in the retail lumber and coal business under the name Mosher and Embree. In 1923 on the death of Mr. Mosher he became sole owner of the firm. In 1936 his sons became partners in the firm under the name of E.E. Embree and Sons. Elmer Embree also owned a citrus grove in Texas and was active in that industry until this death in 1947.

Elmer Embree married Eva Wagner in 1900. Miss Wagner was the daughter of H.H. Wagner, a local dry goods merchant. While not collectors, the Embrees preserved many items of historical interest from both families. Two of Eva’s brothers, Hayden and Elvin Wagner, attended West Point and were involved in American military in Cuba and the Philippine Islands.

Waite Wagner Embree, the eldest of three children born to Elmer and Eva, was born November 27, 1905. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he joined his father and brother, Henry, as a partner in the E.E. Embree and Sons Lumber Yard. Waite’s sister, Nancy, married and now lives in Peoria, Illinois; his brother, Henry, still resides in DeKalb.

Following Elmer Embree’s death in 1947, the lumber yard business dissolved and Waite Embree, after a brief stint as an insurance agent, joined the operating staff at the DeKalb Wurlitzer plant where he worked until his death in a tragic auto accident in 1962. He was survived by his wife, Mattie Welch Embree, and a son, George Daniel, who is living and working in the Netherlands.

As a young man Waite began collecting materials related to Illinois and DeKalb County history. An interest in transportation led him to undertake extensive photography of railroads in and around the DeKalb area and to collect materials important to the study of railroad history. As a long-time member of the DeKalb Kiwanis Club (like his father before him), Waite Embree became accustomed to public speaking. In later years as he became known as a local historian, he began giving lectures on local history to various clubs and school and church groups in the area. The DeKalb Chronicle published various short articles by Mr. Embree and frequently drew on his extensive photograph collection to illustrate articles of historical interest.

Subject/Index Terms

Adams, Thomas J.
Boy Scouts
Chicago and North Western Railway Company.
Chicago Great Western Railroad Company
Civil Works Administration (U.S.)
DeKalb (Ill.)--History.
Diaries, DeKalb
Diaries-- 1910-1960
Embree Family
Hemenway Family
Illinois Central Railroad Company
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Pictorial works
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence
Wagner Family
World War I
World War II
Wurlitzer Company

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions 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: Mrs. Waite Embree and Mr. George D. Embree

Acquisition Method: Mrs. Waite Embree and Mr. George D. Embree donated the Waite W. Embree Collection to the Regional History Collections of the University Archives in March 1967. Northern Illinois University Archivist J. Joseph Bauxar and history Professor Earl Hayter brought this collection to the University, thus preserving the single most significant group of historical records documenting the heritage of the DeKalb area. In the spring of 1978 Mr. Bauxar transferred the collection to the Regional History Center.

Related Materials: Researchers should note that three record series originally accessioned in the Embree collection have been separated from it. First, a photo morgue of approximately 13,000 negatives from the DeKalb Chronicle (1940-1956) has been returned to the newspaper. Second, Embree’s postcard collection may be found in the Center’s postcard collection (RC 199). Third, the artifacts and war posters have been added to the Page Museum Collection (UA 11) and the Oversize Collection (RC 200) respectively.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Family Records and Diaries],
[Series II.: Non-biographical Photographs],
[Series III.: Biographical Photographs],
[Series IV.: Railroad Documentation],

Series IV.: Railroad Documentation
Box 40
Volume 1-6: Official Standard Time Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States (6 volumes), May 1932; January 1935; May 1941; June 1944; January 1947; January 1948
Box 41
Volume 1-8: Official Standard Time Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States , (8 volumes), October 1952; October 1954; January, February, May, July 1955; March, July
Box 42
Volume 1-10: Official Standard Time Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States , (10 volumes), February 1957; July, August, September, December 1958; August, December 195
Box 43
Volume 1-8: Official Standard Time Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States (8 volumes), July, August, September, October, December 1960; March, May, 1961; November
Box 44
Item 1: Alton Railroad Company
Access Restriction: Boxes 44-48 contain Railroad Timetables arranged alphabetically by railroad name, with the exception of the Chicago and Northwestern, which is filed at the end.  Auto ferry, bus, and airline schedules are to be found in Boxes 46 and 48.
Item 2: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad System
Item 3: Atlantic Coast Line
Item 4: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Item 5: Boston and Maine Railroad
Item 6: Canadian National Railways, also includes United States subsidiary Grand Trunk Railway System
Item 7: Canadian Pacific Railway Lines
Item 8: Central of Georgia
Item 9: Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Item 10: Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railway
Item 11: Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad
Item 12: Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company
Item 13: Chicago Great Western Railroad
Item 14: Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway
Item 15: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
Item 16: Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (See also Box 45)
Item 17: Erie Railroad
Item 18: Great Northern Railway
Item 19: Illinois Central Railroad
Item 20: Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Item 21: Maine Central Railroad
Item 22: Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad Company
Item 23: Minneapolis and St. Paul and Saulte Saint Marie Railway
Item 24: Missouri Pacific Railroad
Item 25: New York Central System
Box 45
Item 1: Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (Rock Island Line), 1947-1963
Box 46
Item 1: New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
Item 2: Nickle Plate Road
Item 3: Norfolk and Western Railway
Item 4: Northern Pacific
Item 5: Pennsylvania Railroad
Item 6: Pere Marquette
Item 7: St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
Item 8: St. Louis South Western Railway
Item 9: Southern Railway
Item 10: Southern Pacific
Item 11: Union Pacific Railroad Company
Item 12: Wabash Railroad
Item 13: Western Pacific Railroad
Item 14: Auto Ferries: Ann Arbor, Chesapeake & Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan
Item 15: Bus Lines: Burlington Trailways, Greyhound, Interstate Transit Line
Item 16: Pullman Company
Item 17: Chicago and Northwestern Railway - public timetables, 1913- 1943
Box 47
Item 1: Pocket-sized timetables, most for Chicago suburban commuter  roads, all lines, 1944-1961
Box 48
Folder 1: New York Central Timetable, 1957
Folder 2: Chicago and Northwestern Railway Single Sheet Timetables
Item 1: Chicago & Northwestern Railway Employee Timetables- Galena Division
Item 2: Chicago & Northwestern Railway Employee Timetables-all other divisions
Item 3: Air lines-2 oversize schedules
Item 4: Tracks (The Chesapeake & Ohio house magazine) (52), 1945-1957
Box 49
Item 1: Illinois Central Magazine, (missing July 1951 and December 1952) (70), 1951-1956
Item 2: Railroad Red Book (1), September 1916
Box 50
Item 1: Illinois Central Magazine,, complete  (63), 1957-1961; June- August, 1965
Box 51
Item 1: Locomotive Engineers Journal (16), June 1934, July 1936 to November 1937
Item 2: North Western Newsliner (17), January 1947-August 1955
Item 3: Railway Progress (missing May 1951) (14), February 1951-April 1952
Box 52
Item 1: Railroad Stories (44), May 1933-December 1936
Box 53
Item 1: Railroad Stories/Railroad Magazine ; Name changes, (48), 1937-1940; September 1937
Box 54
Item 1: Railroad Magazine (missing June and September 1942) (46), 1941-1944
Box 55
Item 1: Railroad Magazine (38), 1945, 1948-1954
Item 2: Trains (15), October-December 1942; January-December 1943
Box 56
Item 1: Trains (69), incomplete, 1944-1950
Box 57
Item 1: Trains, (missing August 1951) (59), 1951-1955
Box 58
Item 1: Trains (35) Folder #1: Indexes to volumes 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, and 17 of Trains , 1956-November 1958
Box 59
Item 1: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: B&O Magazine (1), 1955
Item 2: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Chesapeake and Ohio Pere Marquette Magazine (1), 1937
Item 3: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: The Express Messenger, (2), 1939
Item 4: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Great Northern Goat, (2), 1959, 1961
Item 5: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: International Railway Journal (1), 1961
Item 6: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Locomotive Historical Review, (1), 1934
Item 7: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Milwaukee Road Magazine,  (1), 1957
Item 8: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: The Pennsy, (2), 1957, 1961
Item 9: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: The Rail Chesapeake & Ohio House Publication (5), 1935-1937
Item 10: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Railroader (1), 1948
Item 11: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Railway Age 4 (3), 1928-193
Item 12: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Railway Age Weekly (3), 1960-1961
Item 13: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Railway Progress (3), 1947, 1956
Item 14: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Santa Fe Magazine (2), 1955, 1960
Item 15: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Southern Pacific Bulletin (6), 1956-1961
Item 16: Miscellaneous Railroad Magazines: Official Railway Equipment Register,, April 1940 and January 1944
Box 60
Item 1: Brochures and Promotional Items Arranged Alphabetically by Issuing Railroad: Yearbook of Railroad Information , 1949
Item 2: Brochures and Promotional Items Arranged Alphabetically by Issuing Railroad: Everyman's Almanac , 1939, 1948
Item 3: Brochures and Promotional Items Arranged Alphabetically by Issuing Railroad: Pocket-list of Railroad Officials , 1936
Item 4: Brochures and Promotional Items Arranged Alphabetically by Issuing Railroad: Railway Express Agency: Official Directory , 1933
Item 5: Brochures and Promotional Items Arranged Alphabetically by Issuing Railroad: Russell's Railway & Motorbus Guide , October, 1938
Item 6: Brochures and Promotional Items Arranged Alphabetically by Issuing Railroad: Health & Pleasure on America's Greatest Railroad, (New York Central), 1893
Item 7: Brochures and Promotional Items Arranged Alphabetically by Issuing Railroad: Railroads of Wisconsin, 1827-1937 (Boston: Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Incorporated), 1937
Box 61
Folder 1: Timely Topics published by the Chicago & North Western, 75 issues, 1936- 1945
Folder 2: Railroad maps
Folder 3: Blueprint for 0-gauge model locomotive
Folder 4
Item 1: Blueprints: Unidentified
Item 2: Train Talks,, 1950
Item 3: What You Should Know About Your Illinois Railroads,, no date
Item 4: Our Railroads: Can They Haul the Load?, 1940
Item 5: A Modern Industrial Miracle , 1955
Item 6: The Fusion Point , 1948
Item 7: Diesel: The Modern Power , 1936
Item 8: Declaration of Policy Deemed Necessary to the Continuance of Adequate Transportation Service to the Public,, 1930
Item 9: The Long and the Short of it on Train Length Laws,, 1937
Item 10: Some Basic Principles of Railway Transportation,, 1925
Item 11: Official Railroad Rate Book,, 1939
Item 12: Inside Story, International Stanley Corporation,, no date
Item 13: Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, 69th and 71st Annual Report,, 1946, 1948
Box 62A
Folder 1: Alaska Railroad
Folder 2: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Santa Fe)
Folder 3: Chicago, Aurora & DeKalb
Folder 4: Chicago & Eastern Illinois
Folder 5-9: Chicago & North Western
Folder 10: Chesapeake & Ohio
Folder 11: Chicago Great Western
Folder 12: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (Milwaukee Road)
Folder 13: Chicago, Springfield & St. Louis
Folder 14: Fox & Illinois Union Railway
Folder 15: Galena & Chicago Union Railroad Company
Folder 16: Great Northern
Folder 17: Illinois Central
Folder 18: Lancaster & Chester
Folder 19: Louisville & Nashville
Folder 20: Missouri Pacific
Folder 21: New York Central
Folder 22: Norfolk & Western
Folder 23: Northern Illinois Electric Railway
Folder 24: Pennsylvania Railroad
Folder 25: Southern Pacific
Folder 26: Union Pacific
Folder 27: Yazoo & Mississippi Valley
Folder 28: Association of American Railroads
Folder 29: Baldwin Locomotive Works
Folder 30: Coal Mines and Coke Ovens
Folder 31: European Railroads
Folder 32: Freedom Train
Folder 33: Freight Bills, 1941
Folder 34: Freight Routes and Schedules
Folder 35: General Motors "Train of Tomorrow"
Folder 36: Glover Snow Locomotive
Folder 37: Keeshin Motor Express Company, Incorporated
Folder 38: Letters and Telegrams from Malta Station
Folder 39: Locomotives-Clippings from magazines
Folder 40: Newspaper Clippings-DeKalb Railroading before 1910
Folder 41: Parmelee Transportation Company
Folder 42: Postcards with railroad subjects
Folder 43: Pullman Company
Folder 44: Railfan Tours and Excursions
Box 62B
Folder 45: Railroad Club of Chicago
Folder 47: Railroads during World War II
Folder 48: Railroads in miniature (Creston, Illinois)
Folder 49: Railway Express
Folder 50: Railway and Locomotive Historical Society
Folder 51: Rolling Stock
Folder 52: Sperry Rail Service
Folder 53: Telegrams to Jacob Haish (from Malta Station)
Folder 54: Train Auto Service
Folder 55: Train Orders (possibly from Malta Station)
Folder 56: Train Orders, 1889
Folder 57: Train Orders-Milwaukee Road
Folder 58: Travel on credit
Folder 59: United States Railroad Administration
Folder 60: War Exhibit Train and Band
Folder 61: Yellowstone Park Manual for Railroad Visitors
Box 63
Folder 1: W.W. Embree-Railroad Correspondence
Folder 2: W.W. Embree-Typed Articles about DeKalb Railroads
Folder 3: W.W. Embree-Notes on DeKalb Railroading
Folder 4: Interstate Commerce Commission Docket Number 18300
Folder 5: Index to Embree Railroad Photographs and Negatives
Volume 1: Register of Waybills received (Milwaukee Road) (1 volume), 1930-1937
Volume  2-4: Embree handwritten index to C&NW Locomotives (3 volumes), Numbers 1 to 5402
Box 64
Volume 1-2: Freight rate correspondence study course of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company (1952) textbook and workbook (2 volumes)
Volume 3-5: Embree handwritten index (called Locomotive Notes) to all Railroads A-Z in three volumes
Volume 6: Cross Index to C&NW Locomotives.  Traces engines sold to other roads (1 volume)
Volume 7: Index to Railroad photographs showing Embree negative and print numbers.  Especially good for tracing photographs of yards, stations, and structures (1 volume)
Volume  8: Historical notes about various Railroads (1 volume)
Item 1: Embree Collection of Box Car Labels many Roads represented (1 box)
Folder 1: CBQ Locomotive Diagram (1), 1902
Folder 2: CNW Locomotive Diagram, Spec. From M1-R1-CR (6)
Folder 3: CNW Index to Locomotive Class & Type, 1932
Folder 4: Galena & Chicago Union Railroad, Waybill (4), 1861-1862
Box 65
Item 1: Photographic negatives and prints of Chicago and Northwestern Railway locomotives; arranged by type of drive wheels and engine number, location and date noted: approximately 2500 prints, 1500 negatives
Box 66
Item 1: Chicago and Northwestern narrow gauge, buildings, cars, switches, equipment (1800 prints, 1200 negatives); photographic prints and negatives of engines from 21 rail lines in alphabetical order from the Alaskan Railroad through the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy (700 prints, <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>400 negatives)
Box 67
Item 1: Photographic prints and negatives from eighty-two railroads, arranged alphabetically, Chicago Great Western through Toledo, Peoria, and Western (2500 prints, 1500 negatives)
Box 68
Item 1: All size two, three, and four photographs, arranged alphabetically by name of railway (300 prints); Union Pacific prints and negatives (100, 60) and size one photos of unusual engines, cars, trains (interurban and electric), and unidentified prints (450, 250)
Box 69
Item 1: Abdill, George B.  Civil War Railroads .  New York: Bonanza Books, 1961
Item 2: Abdill, George B.   Pacific Slope Railroads.  New York: Bonanza Books, 1959
Item 3: Abdill, George B.  Rails West .  New York: Bonanza Books, 1960
Item 4: Abdill, George B.  This Was Railroading .  New York: Bonanza Books, 1958
Item 5: Adams, Kramer.   Logging Railroads of the West.  New York: Bonanza Books, 1961
Item 6: American Association for Railroad and Locomotive History. American Association for Railroad and Locomotive History.  Auburn, Indiana, 1931, 1932
Item 7: Andrews, Ralph W.  Glory Days of Logging.  New York: Bonanza Books, 1956
Item 8: Annual Report.  Monon Railroad.  Annual Report, 1955, 1956
Item 9: Association of American Railroads.   Inside Railroading. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Railroads, 1955
Item 10: Association of American Railroads.  Names and Nicknames of Freight Trains .  Washington, D.C.: Association of American Railroads, 1948
Item 11: Association of American Railroads.  [u] Quiz on Railroads and Railroading.  Washington, D.C.  Association of American Railroads(2 copies of the 1948), 1940, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1953, 1956
Item 12: Association of American Railroads.  Railroads , 1954
Item 13: Association of American Railroads.  The Railroad Story. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Railroads, 1955
Item 14: Association of American Railroads Transportation Building.  The Railway Mail Story.  Washington, D.C.: Association of American Railroads Transportation Building, 1957
Item 15: Association of American Railroads.  [u] Wisconsin's Railroads.  [/u Washington, D.C.: Association of American Railroads. (2 copies), 1948
Item 16: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.   The Catalogue of the Centenary Exhibition .  Baltimore: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 1927
Item 17: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.   A Short History of the Baltimore & Ohio 1827-1933.  Baltimore, MD: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Printing Department, no date
Box 70
Item 1: Bedwell, Harry.   The Boomer.  New York: Farrar and Rhinehart, Incorporated, 1936.
Item 2: Beebe, Lucius.  Highball: A Pageant of Trains.  New York: Bonanza Books, 1945
Item 3: Beebe, Lucius.  Highliners, A Railroad Album .  New York: Bonanza Books, 1940
Item 4: Beebe, Lucius.  Trains in Transition.  D. Appleton-Century Company, Incorporated, 1941
Item 5: Behrens, P.L.  The KD Line , 1986
Item 6: Botkin, B.A. and Alvin F. Harlow.  A Treasury of Railroad Folklore.  New York: Crown Publishers, Incorporated, 1953
Item 7: Burford, Cary Clive.  [u] The Chatsworth Wreck.  University of Illinois: The Blade Publishing Company, 1949
Item 8: Carter, Charles Frederick.  When Railroads Were New. New York: Simons-Boardman Publishing Company, 1926
Item 9: Casey, Robert J. and W.A.S. Douglas.  Pioneer Railroad: The Story of the Chicago and North Western System.  New York: McGraw-Hill Book, Company, Incorporated, 1948
Item 10: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.  The Burlington.  Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, 1933
Item 11: Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway.  Four Generations on the Line.  Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, 1950
Item 12: Chicago & North Western Railway Company.  Eighty-Second Annual Report of the Chicago and North Western Railway Company , 1941
Item 13: Chicago & North Western Railway Company.  Instructions to Agents and Conductors. Chicago & North Western Railway Company, 1888
Item 14: Chicago & North Western Railway Company.  Rules of the Operating Department.  Chicago: Cameron, Amberg & Company, 1910
Item 15: Chicago & North Western Railway.  Yesterday and Today . Chicago: Sinship Company, 1910
Item 16: Committee of the Commerce.  Automotive Transportation and Railroads.  New York: Commission on Commerce and Marine American Bankers Association, 1927
Box 71
Item 1: Corliss, Carlton, Junior  Main Line of Mid-America: The Story of the Illinois Central.  New York: Creative Age Press, 1950
Item 2: Corliss, Carlton, Junior  Trails to Rails,. (3 copies), 1937
Item 3: Derleth, August.  The Milwaukee Road: Its First 100 Years. New York: Creative Age Press, 1948
Item 4: Directory.  Steam Passenger Service Directory. New York: Empire State Railway Museum, Incorporated, 1966
Item 5: Donovan, Frank P. Junior and Robert Selph Henry.  Headlights and Markers .  New York: Creative Age Press, 1946
Item 6: Donovan, Frank P. Junior  The Manchester and Oneida Railway, 1901-1951 .  Iowa: The State Historical Society of Iowa, 1957
Item 7: Elliot, Frank N.  When the Railroad was King .  Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission, 1966
Item 8: Farrington, S. Kip Junior  Railroads at War .  New York: Samuel Curl, Incorporated, 1944
Item 9: Forman, Harry W.  [u] Rights of Trains.  New York: Simmons- Boardman Publishing Company, 1925
Item 10: Gilbert, Heather.  The End of the Road .  Great Britain: Aberdeen University Press, 1977
Item 11: Harlow, Alvin F.  The Road of the Century. New York: Creative Age Press, Incorporated, 1947
Item 12: Henderson, Louis T.  Trains.  New York: M.A. Donahue and  Company, 1935
Item 13: Hildebrand, J.R.  Trains of Today--and Tomorrow.  Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1936
Box 72
Item 1: Holbrook, Stewart H.   The Story of American Railroads. New York: Crown Publishers, 1947
Item 2: Hubbard, Freeman H.  Railroad Avenue. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Incorporated, 1945
Item 3: Hueber, Grover G and Emory R. Johnson.   The Railroad Freight Service.  New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1926
Item 4: Hungerford, Edward.  Locomotive on Parade .  New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1940
Item 5: Hungerford, Edward.  Men of Erie.  New York: Random House, 1946
Item 6: Hungerford, Edward.  The Story of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.  New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. (2 copies), 1928
Item 7: Illinois Central Railroad.   The Building of Mid-America.  The Illinois Central Railroad (2 copies), no date
Item 8: Interstate Commerce Commission.  The Interstate Commerce Act .  Washington: Interstate Commerce Commission, Government Printing Office, 1926
Item 9: Interstate Commerce Commission.   Investigation of Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company, 1927-1928.  Interstate Commerce Commission - Number 17021.
Item 10: Johnson, F.H.  Brief Record of the Development of the Milwaukee Road , 1935
Item 11: Jones, Eliot and Homer B. Vanderblue.   Railroads: Cases and Selections.  New York: MacMillan Company, 1925
Item 12: Kalmbach, A.C.  Railroad Panorama.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin:  Kalmbach Publishing Company, 1944
Item 13: Kentucky.  Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Louisville,  Kentucky: Brown & Bigelow, 1950
Item 14: Kinert, Reed.  Early American Steam Locomotives.  New York: Bonanza Books, 1962
Item 15: Knudson, Charles T.   Steam Power, 1848-1956. Chicago: Knudsen Publications, no date
Item 16: Koval, F.V.  A Pioneering Railroad. Chicago: Chicago and North Western Railway System. (2 copies), 1948
Item 17: Lee, Fred J.   Casey Jones: Epic of the American Railroad. Kingsport, Tennessee: Southern Publishers, Incorporated, 1939
Item 18: Lewis, Lloyd and Stanley Pargellis.  Granger Country.  Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1949
Box 73
Item 1: Locklin, D. Phillip.  Railroad Regulation since 1920. Champaign, Illinois: The College Publishing Company, 1926
Item 2: Locklin, D. Phillip.   Railroad Regulation since 1920. Chicago: A.W. Shaw Company, 1928
Item 3: Marshall, James.  Santa Fe: The Railroad that Built an Empire. New York: Random House, 1945
Item 4: McShane, Charles.   The Locomotive Up to Day, , 1925
Item 5: Miller, Sidney L.  Railway Transportation .  Chicago: A.W. Shaw Company, 1924
Item 6: Milwaukee.  The Milwaukee Road., 1968
Item 7: Norfold & Western Railway.  The Story of Fuel Satisfaction.  Chicago: Norfold & Western Railway, 1933
Item 8: Opinion.   Opinion.  (The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania) Washington D.C.: American Trucking Associations, Incorporated, 1957
Item 9: Osborne Company.   The Long Island Railroad 100th Anniversary .  New York: The Osborne Company, no date
Item 10: Overton, R.C.   The First Ninety Years: An Historical Sketch of the Burlington Railroad, 1850-1940.  Chicago, 1940
Item 11: Phillips, Lance.  Yonder Comes the Train .  New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1965
Item 12: Pittenger, Rev. William.  Capturing a Locomotive: A History of Secret Service in the Late War .  Washington: The National Tribune, 1885
Item 13: Thompson, Slason.  Short History of American Railways .  New York: D. Appleton and Company. (2 copies), 1925
Item 14: Tunell, George G.  "Rate Making and Excess Income."   The Journal of Political Economy , XXXV, Number 6 and XXXVI, Number 1, December 1927, February 1928
Item 15: Van Metre, T.W.  Trains, Tracks, and Travel .  New York:  Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation, 1946
Item 16: Warner, Paul T.  Historical Locomotives .  Moline, Illinois: Stombeck-Becker Manufacturing Company, 1936
Item 17: Winton, John G. and W.J. Millar.  The Engineer's Encyclopedia.   Philadelphia: Gebbie & Company, 1890
Box 74
Folder 1: Charcoal Portraits: Unidentified Person
Folder 2: Charcoal Portraits: Unidentified Person
Folder 3: Charcoal Portraits: Hayden Wagner
Folder 4: Charcoal Portraits: Hayden Wagner (2)
Box N1-N8
Item 1: Embree Railway Negatives-These negatives belong with the Railway Photographs located in the 18 notebooks store in the photograph cabinet behind the Reference Desk
Oversize Drawer 1
Folder 1: Railroad Calendars: C & NW, (1937-1949)(8)
Folder 2: Railroad Calendars: Milwaukee (1936-1959)(9), Union Pacific (1940-1957)(5)
Folder 3: Railroad Calendars: Chesapeake & Ohio (1943-1956)(4), Minneapolis & St. Louis (1939, 1949)(2), Burlington (1957)(1), C & EI (1945)(1), Rock Island (1945)(1), (1940-1957)(5)
Folder 4: Railroad Posters (3): Express Train; Lightning Express Train; Morning on the Mohawk, New York Central Lines; Calendar, Locomotive views, 1962
Folder 5: Embree Collection, RC 2: DeKalb Business Calendars (7), 1900-1931, no date
Folder 6: DeKalb Business Calendars (8), 1896-1911
Folder 7: DeKalb Business Calendars (14), 1900-1932
Folder 8: DeKalb Business Calendars (10), 1907-1932
Oversize Drawer 2
Folder 1: Embree Collection, RC 2: Certificates and Diplomas, Embree and Wagner Families, (1864-1953)(13)
Folder 2: Embree Collection, RC 2: Certificates and Diplomas, Embree and Wagner Families, (1896-1959)(9)
Folder 3: Embree Collection, RC 2: Oversize Photographs (33): 20th Century Club Picnic, 1915; Freeport and Rock River Golf Clubs, 1923; American Steel and Wire Company Employees, 1923; U. of I. Homecoming, 1924; A.J. McColl Land Company Excursion, 1929; Illinois National Guard, Third Infantry, 1903; American Legion Band; Illinois National Guard, n.d. (3)
Folder 4: Embree Collection, RC 2: Oversize Photographs (33): Third Infantry Camp Views, 1919 (2); Third Infantry Border Service, 1916; Third Infantry Football Squad, 1916; Auto Derby Races, 1915; Third Regiment Band; DeKalb Schools (4 prints on 1 poster board); United States Presidents (3): Martin Van Buren, n.d.; James Garfield, n.d.; William McKinley, n.d.
Folder 5: Embree Collection RC 2: Oversize Photographs (33): DeKalb Residents (3): E.E. Ellsworth, 1861; H.H.  Wagner, n.d.; Elmer Family, 1915; Miscellaneous Sites and People (1); Thomas Edison, n.d.
Folder 6: Posters and Broadsides (6): Haish Barbed Wire Poster, n.d. (1 negative); Andersonville Stockade, n.d.; First Readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, n.d.; International Aviation Meet Panorama, 1911; Washington D.C. Panorama, ca. 1920; National Auto Race Meet Panorama, 1910

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