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Babb Family and Theater Collection, 1901-2012

Collection Overview

Title: Babb Family and Theater Collection, 1901-2012

Predominant Dates:1950-1999

ID: RHC/RC/359

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged by type and then loosely by date within each series.

Date Acquired: 01/26/2017

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Administrative Information

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

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Sally Sawicki

Acquisition Method: The collection was donated on January 26, 2017 by Sally Sawicki, the executor of the Nancy Babb estate, Rochelle, IL.


Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Babb Family
Box 1
Folder 1: Nancy Babb: Birth Certificates, August 20, 1942
Folder 2: Nancy Babb: Teaching Certifications, 1964-2001
Folder 3: Nancy Babb: Professional Teaching Records, Rochelle Elementary School, 1964-2001
Folder 4: Nancy Babb: Northern Illinois University "Improving Instruction in the Basics Program" workshop, 1979
Folder 5: Nancy Babb: Student Transition Education Program (STEP) Brochure
Folder 6: Nancy Babb: Correspondence, 1984-1993
Folder 7: Nancy Babb: Social Event Photographs, 2010
Folder 8: Family School Records: M. Priscilla Carpenter, Streator Township High School
Folder 9: Family School Records: Hardscrabble Yearbook, Streator Township High School, 1920-1921
Folder 10: Family School Records: Blueprint from Space and Equipment for Homemaking Instruction, 1935
Separated Material: The book accompanying the blueprint in box 1, folder was water damaged upon donation. It could not be conserved and was not accessioned into the collection.
Folder 11: Family School Records: Illinois State Normal University Class of 1929 Reunion,, June 12, 1954
Folder 12: Photographs: Mrs. Godfrey and Son, 1901
Folder 13: Photographs: Engle Family (Streator, IL)
Box 2
Folder 1: Photographs: Mrs. Harry Engle (Streator, IL), 1927
Folder 2: Photographs: Leone Engle (Streator, IL)
Folder 3: Photographs: Wallace Engle
Folder 4: Photographs: Fred and Betty Foels (Streator, IL)
Folder 5: Helen Carpenter Estate, 1907-1950
Folder 6: Postcards and correspondence, ca. 1908+
Folder 7: Farming, 1940-1957
Folder 8: Lee County Tax Rates, 1953-1955
Folder 9: DeKalb County Atlas and Platbook, 1963-1965
Folder 10: Hedtke's Steam Power and Horse Power Threshing Show (Kings, IL), August 1968
Folder 11: Illinois Tourism, ca. 1970
Folder 12: The Dickson Mound, July 25, 1993
Folder 13: Veteran's Day, 2011
Folder 14: Antique Walk (Rockford, IL), 2012
Folder 15: Newspaper Clippings, 1915-2012
Folder 16: Plough's Black and White Birthday and Dream Book, ca. 1922
Folder 17: Funny Facts and Fiction, January 1931
Series II: Productions
Box 2
Folder 18-32: Play Programs, 1977-2016
Folder 33: Tickets, 1984- 2005
Folder 34: Vince Carney Community Theatre (VCCT) Productions (Rochelle, IL), 2007, 2015, 2017
Folder 35: "Double or Nothing" White Pines Diner Theater Production (Mt. Morris, IL)
Folder 36: The Wagon Wheel Figure Skating Club Events, 1968, 1972
Folder 37: Opening Night with Dionne Warwick, Metro Centre, 31-Jan-81
Series III: Oversize and Artifacts
Box 3
Item 1-14: Northern Illinois Steam Power Club buttons (14), 1971-1993
Item 15: Northern Illinois Stream Power Show Exhibitor Plaque (Sycamore, IL), 1976
Item 16-17: Theashermen buttons (2), 1971, n.d.
Item 18: Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor exhibitor ribbon, Geneseo, IL
Item 19: Easton Illinois Centennial medallion on chain, 1973
Item 20: CAT Diesel Power embroidered patch
Item 21: Ice Capades with Peggy Fleming, Metro Centre April 3, 1982
Item 22: World Cup Figure Skating Champions program and ticket, Metro Centre, 1993
Item 23: Coronado Theatre, Rockford Register Star, 14-Jan-01