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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

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

Series III: Cornsilk
Box 3
Folder 1a: Newsletters (Cornsilk, Index), 1976-1998
Folder 1-13: Newsletters (Cornsilk), 1975-1991
Box 4
Folder 14-22: Newsletters (Cornsilk), 1992-2007

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

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