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Zelnis/Smith Family, 1909-2005

Collection Overview

Title: Zelnis/Smith Family, 1909-2005

ID: RHC/RC/342

Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The arrangement is loosely by subject in alphabetical order and secondarily by date. The collection is divided into two series: Family Papers and Artifacts. The first series consists of family papers including financial records, WWII papers, correspondence, photos, newspapers, and school documents. Also, records related to the family and their friends and neighbors can be found under the first series. The second series consists of artifacts: hats and vintage hat boxes listed in alphabetical order.

Date Acquired: 05/20/2015

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records in the Zelnis/Smith Family Collection date from 1909 to 2005. Mr. G.B. Smith and Mrs. Valaria Zelnis Smith of DeKalb, Illinois are primary family members featured in the collection.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additional materials were given on June 2, 2015.

Acquisition Source: Kathy Smith

Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Family Papers
Box 1
Folder 1: Charles "Chas" Zelnis Financial Records, 1915-1956
Folder 2: DeKalb Fuel and Mercantile Company Certificate for Shares of Stock, April 1909
Folder 3: G.B. Smith Veterans Records, 1934-1950
Folder 4: G.B. Smith Correspondence, 1945-1950
Folder 5: Photographs, 1927-1943
Folder 6: Clippings, 1974, n.d.
Folder 7: The Barb Extra, May 6, 1929
Folder 8-9: The Barb, DeKalb Township High School, 1930-1931
Folder 10-13: DeKalb High School Kalibre Yearbook, 1928-1931
Folder 14: DeKalb High School Commencement Programs, 1931, 1963
Box 2
Folder 1: DeKalb High School and Grade School Band Spring Concert Program
Folder 2: DeKalb High School Class of 1931 Reunions, 1956-1981
Folder 3: DeKalb High School Newsletters, July 1976-July 1986
Folder 4: DeKalb Community Schools Directory, 1957-1958
Folder 5: Malta High School Baccalaureate and Commencement Programs
Folder 6: Dear Diary, Women's Department of Physical Education, Northern Illinois State Teachers College
Folder 7: Kathleen Smith Kindergarten Progress Report, Ellwood School
Folder 8: Valaria's Certificate for Excellence in Writing, 1926
Folder 9: Valaria Zelnis, My School Day Autobiography, Illinois, May 1927
Folder 10: DeKalb County Year Book, 1957
Folder 11: St. Mary's Church Financial Statement, 1966
Folder 12: Isa Bella School of Dancing, Spring Review Programs, 1954-1957
Folder 13: Landmarks of the Barb City (DeKalb) by Stephen Bigolin, 2005
Folder 14: Street Guide of DeKalb and Sycamore
Folder 15: Fourth Annual Old English Madrigal Dinner Program, Northern Illinois University
Folder 16: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Annual Report, 1977
Folder 17: Sixty Years of Woolworth, 1939
Folder 18: Sonja Henie Fifth Transcontinental Tour presented by Hollywood Ice Productions Chicago
Folder 19: The Flexigun, Fort Meyers, Florida, August 26, 1944
Folder 20: Hemisfair Official Souvenir Guidebook, 1968
Box 3 OV
Item 1: Chicago Tribune October 18, 1942
Item 2: Illinois 68 Newspaper, February 4, 1986
Item 3-4: Zelnis Family Photo Albums (2), 1926-1943
Series II: Artifacts
Box 4: Consumers Millinery Stores, Inc. (DeKalb) hat box; contains (5) hats
Box 5: Verta Hat Shop (DeKalb) hat box; contains (4) hats