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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 II: Material for FROM OXEN TO JETS
Box 2
Folder 1: DeKalb Centennial, June 1-16, 1956
Folder 2: Meeting Minute, May 8, 1957
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1957-1966
Folder 4: Publication Correspondence, 1962
Folder 5: Homecoming Banquet, Dr. Rufus B. von KleinSmid, Sandwich, IL, May 11, 1963
Folder 6: List of Elected Officials
Folder 7: Miscellaneous Notes
Folder 8: Quotations
Folder 9: List of Manuscripts, Illustrations, etc.
Folder 10: Agriculture
Folder 11: American Association of University Women
Folder 12: Churches
Folder 13: Cotton History
Folder 14: Courts and Courthouses
Folder 15: County Fair
Folder 16: DeKalb County Poor Farm
Folder 17: DeKalb Sanitary District
Folder 18: Early Community Life and Schools
Folder 19: Early Mills
Folder 20: I.L. Ellwood
Folder 21: Family Services Affairs
Folder 22: First Settler in Sycamore
Folder 23: Forest Preserves
Folder 24: Grand Army of the Republic
Folder 25: Granges
Folder 26: League of Women Voters
Folder 27: Mary Ellwood Lewis
Folder 28: Medical
Folder 29: Military
Folder 30: Nehring Electrical Works
Folder 31: Newspaper History
Folder 32: Northern Illinois Regional Library
Folder 33: Northern Illinois University
Folder 34: Panhellenic
Folder 35: Public Libraries
Folder 36: Relations with the Indians
Folder 37: Resurrectionists
Folder 38: Schools
Folder 39: Stage Coach Players
Folder 40: Township and County Government
Folder 41: Townships
Folder 42: Transportation
Folder 43: Underground Railroad
Folder 44: W.W. Wirtz

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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