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Collection Overview

Title: Embree Lumber Company Records (DeKalb), 1886-1953

ID: RHC/RC/007

Extent: 7.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1967

Subjects: Coal trade, DeKalb (Ill.), Embree Family, Embree Lumber Company, Great Depression., House construction, Lumber trade., United States. National Recovery Act, World War I, World War II

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records contained in the Embree Lumber Company collection document its history from 1902 to 1953.  The collection contains the E.E. Embree and Son’s general business agreement, correspondence, financial records, and advertisements, including promotional pamphlets, directories, and information bulletins, arranged in alphabetical order, issued by various building supply companies affiliated with the Embree Company. The collection also contains materials on governmental administrative activities during World War II as well as War Production Board materials, construction manuals, material guides, government publications and seven architectural blueprints in addition to 16 volumes of coal sales/tax records, payroll records, financial accounts, E.E. Embree correspondence, and daily

Unfortunately, most of the business correspondence and the financial records (from 1902-1933) have been lost. However, the collection does provide information on building materials, architectural design, and government regulation during the Great Depression and World War II.

Collection Historical Note

Located on South Second Street and extending west along the Chicago and North Western Railway tracks, D. D. Brown and Phillip Young established a lumber and coal yard in 1885. For six years the firm of Brown and Young continued in business, in 1891 Brown and Young sold their business to Ernest Carter and Frank Mosher. It was to this new firm that the task of furnishing material for the city hall was given. Eleven years later, in 1902, Ernest Carter sold his interest to E. E. Embree thus creating the partnership of Mosher and Embree. This association was to last for twenty years, terminating only on the death of Mr. Frank Mosher, May 10, 1922. During its twenty years the firm supplied the material for Glidden, Haish, Ellwood schools, Williston Hall, several churches and many stores and residences. On January 1, 1923, the business was operated by a sole owner, E. E. Embree and Henry Embree.

Subject/Index Terms

Coal trade
DeKalb (Ill.)
Embree Family
Embree Lumber Company
Great Depression.
House construction
Lumber trade.
United States. National Recovery Act
World War I
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access 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: George and Mattie Embree

Acquisition Method: George and Mattie Embree donated the Embree Lumber Company Records to the Northern Illinois University Archives in 1967. University Archivist, J. Joseph Bauxer, transferred the collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center in May 1978.

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Folder 1: E.E. Embree - General Business Papers and Correspondence, 1937-1953
Folder 2: Certificate of Incorporation, 1948
Folder 3: Farley and Loetsher Manufaturing, Company, Correspondence, 1927
Folder 4: Goodyear Bakery-Business Papers & Correspondence, 1930-1938
Folder 5: Medusa Portland Cement Company Business Papers and Correspondence, 1940-1949
Folder 6: Mosher and Embree, Business Papers, 1896-1952
Folder 7: Mosher and Embree, Advertisements, 1911-1918
Folder 8: Government Papers Concerning Business, 1935-1947
Folder 9: Government Reports and Correspondence, 1933-1951
Folder 10: Advertising Contracts and Business Agreements, 1928-1946
Folder 11: Appraisal Service, 1930-1936
Folder 12: Federal Census, 1948
Folder 13: Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Title II (lumber), 1936
Folder 14: E. E. Embree and Son's Order Forms and Stationary
Folder 15: Embree Garage Building Papers, 1926
Folder 16: E. E. Embree and Sons Property-Mortgage Loan, Correspondence on Property Sale, 1935-1955
Folder 17: E. E. Embree Profit and Loss Statement, 1943
Folder 18: Fire Insurance Pamphlets and Correspondence, 1945-1953
Folder 19: Life Insurance Correspondence, 1932-1935
Folder 20: Income Tax Returns, 1933-1949
Folder 21: Income Tax Returns, 1933-1949
Folder 22: Income Tax Returns, 1950-1952
Folder 23: Priority Forms, 1942
Folder 24: E. E. Embree Sale Receipts, 1934-1957
Folder 25: Sales Tax Information, 1953
Folder 26: Withholding and Social Security Forms, 1952
Folder 27: Golden Anniversary, 1952
Folder 28: Airway Marking Committee, Department of Commerce, 1929
Folder 29: Allied Building Credits, Incorporated, Correspondence, 1941
Folder 30: Allied Building Credits, Information Pamphlet, 1939
Folder 31: American Lumberman
Folder 32: Bennet-Ireland Incorporated-Pamphlets, 1948
Folder 33: Building Codes, 1934
Folder 34: Building Information and Price Lists (E. E. Embree), 1929-1941
Folder 35: Building Materials Catalog (Master Goldseal Millwork), 1941
Folder 36: Building News Booklets, 1934-1947
Folder 37: The Celotex Company, 1932-1933
Folder 38: Civilian Production Administration, 1946-1947
Folder 39: Coal Correspondence, 1917-1952
Folder 40: Coal Price Listings, Receipts, 1931-1952
Folder 41: Retail Coal Dealer's Association (Illinois and Wisconsin), 1918
Folder 42: Information - Coal, 1941-1947
Folder 43: Hardware and Paint-Information Pamphlets and Price Lists, 1949-1952
Folder 44: Lincolnway Credit Bureau, Correspondence, 1941-1960
Folder 45: Lincolnway Credit Bureau Bulletins, 1946-1948
Folder 46: Bills of Sale, 1948

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