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DeKalb County Historical Society Records


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Historical Society Records

Material for FROM OXEN TO JETS

Oversize Drawer 3


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Title: DeKalb County Historical Society Records, 1865+

ID: RHC/RC/003

Extent: 2.75 Linear Feet


The records in this collection fall into two series. The first series contains constitutions, minutes (1972-1976), and newsletters (1973-1986) which reveal the scope of the society’s programs and projects designed to preserve the heritage of DeKalb County. Printed materials, photographs, and slides focus on events sponsored by the Society and the historical celebrations of towns throughout Illinois. Nearly all the records of the Society prior to its revival as an active group in 1972 appear to have been lost. Nevertheless, the materials are particularly useful for studying the role of a local historical society in the community.

The second series contains the papers of Harriet Wilson Davy which were donated by her granddaughter, Christine Engstrom. Mrs. Davy was responsible for editing the DeKalb County history From Oxen to Jets, which was published in 1963. The files consist of correspondence, research, and rewrites of various subjects for the book. Two copies of the book can be found on the county history shelf in the Reading Room.

Date Acquired: 03/17/1978. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: African Americans, Boone County, Flora Township, British Americans., Croatian Americans, Czech Americans, DeKalb (Ill.)--History., DeKalb County (Ill), DeKalb County (Ill.) Historical Society, Diaries-- 1840-1869, Ethnic groups., Finnish Americans, German Americans, Hispanic Americans, History--Societies, etc., Immigrants, Italian Americans, Korean Americans, Lithuanian Americans, Norwegian Americans, Serbian Americans, Sycamore (Ill.), World War II

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records in this collection document the activities of the DeKalb County Historical Society from 1972 to 1986.

Collection Historical Note

The DeKalb County Historical Society organized as early as 1902, but experienced low community involvement through the 1950's. The Society disbanded until January 1972 when local interest increased. Members composed and adopted a new constitution and by-laws, and elected Gary Moe president. These people, interested in preserving local history, gathered together to discover and collect materials that illustrated DeKalb County’s heritage. By 1978 the Society had located and recognized several historic landmarks, reproduced county histories, participated actively in oral history, and increased membership.

In the spring of 1990 the DeKalb County Historical Society merged with the Genealogical Society of DeKalb County to become the DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society. Their goal of preserving local history continues to be actively pursued.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans
Boone County, Flora Township
British Americans.
Croatian Americans
Czech Americans
DeKalb (Ill.)--History.
DeKalb County (Ill)
DeKalb County (Ill.) Historical Society
Diaries-- 1840-1869
Ethnic groups.
Finnish Americans
German Americans
Hispanic Americans
History--Societies, etc.
Italian Americans
Korean Americans
Lithuanian Americans
Norwegian Americans
Serbian Americans
Sycamore (Ill.)
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional material was donated by Christine Engstrom on October 14, 1991. Additional records were added at various times.

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

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the records are held by the DeKalb County Historical Society; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: DeKalb County Historical Society

Acquisition Method: The DeKalb County Historical Society deposited its records at the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on March 17, 1978.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Historical Society Records],
[Series II: Material for FROM OXEN TO JETS],
[Oversize Drawer 3],
[Series III: Cornsilk ],

Series I: Historical Society Records
Box 1
Folder 1: Historical Background on the Society
Folder 2: Constitutions, 1972, 1974, 1990
Folder 3: Legal Documents/Museum Laws, 1965-1973
Folder 4: Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1972-1976
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1930-1960
Folder 6-8b: Correspondence, 1971-1978, 1995-2001
Folder 9: Treasurer's Reports, 1972-1977
Folder 10: Atlas-Plat Book Sales Accounts, 1975-1976
Folder 11: Information on Book Reproductions, 1972-1973
Folder 12: Insurance Policy, 1973
Folder 13: Newsletters, 1973-1986
Folder 14: Programs and Ideas, 1972-1977
Folder 15a: Membership Lists, 1930
Folder 15b: Board of Directors Lists, 1991-2003
Folder 16: Volunteers' Jobs, 1973
Folder 17: Annual Report Notice, 1902
Folder 18: History Book Bibliographies, DeKalb County Public Libraries, 1976
Folder 19: Oral History Highlights on Local History, 1969-1977
Folder 20: DeKalb County Residents? Historical Accounts, no date
Folder 21: Historical Markers, no date
Folder 22: Northern Illinois Historical Informational and Celebration Brochures, (also Boone County), no date
Folder 23: Index to the Combination Atlas Map of DeKalb County, 1871, 1976
Folder 24: DeKalb Environmental Statement, 1974
Folder 25: NEH Grant Information, 1977
Folder 26: Kishwaukee College Bicentennial Victorian Crafts Art Fair, 1975
Folder 27: Other Museums to Visit, and Bus Tours, 1974
Folder 28: Iliniwek, Historical Newspaper, 1974
Folder 29: Organizing a Local Historical Society, pamphlet
Folder 30: John Greenhow Diary, 1865
Folder 31: Barb Advertiser Account, 1919-1920
Folder 32: Photographs, 31 (Negative Strips, 9), (Slides, 2), no date
Folder 33: Photographs, 8 (identified)
Folder 34: Identification Lists for Selectee Negatives, 1943-1945
Folder 35-38: Selectee Negatives, 1943-1945
Folder 39-40: DTHS Kalibre, 1925-1926
Folder 41: Sycamore Historic District
Folder 42: "County History Trek" Slide Show (36), 1972
Folder 43: Slides of DeKalb (19), circa 1974
Folder 44-45: Unidentified Glass Negatives (20)
Folder 46: A Beginning History of Ethnic Contributions to the Development of DeKalb County, by the DeKalb County Historical Society, 1988

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Historical Society Records],
[Series II: Material for FROM OXEN TO JETS],
[Oversize Drawer 3],
[Series III: Cornsilk ],

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