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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: Fuel Administration, U. S. Department of Interior, 1917-1918
Folder 2: Illinois Fuel Merchants Association, 1940-1953
Folder 3: Illinois Fuel Merchants Association, 1941-1945
Folder 4: Fuel Merchants Association Bulletin, 1933-1951
Folder 5: Illinois Fuel Merchants Association, Correspondence, 1945-1949
Folder 6: Illinois Fuel Merchants Association Directory, 1952
Folder 7: Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers Association Bulletins, 1938-1947
Folder 8: Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers, Association Bulletins, 1948-1953
Folder 9: Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers, Association Incorporated, Bulletins, 1950-1953
Folder 10: Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers, Correspondence, 1946-1953
Folder 11: Illinois Directory-Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers Association, Incorporated, 1949-1953
Folder 12: Lumber, Coal, Building Material Agreement, 1950
Folder 13: Lumber: Millwork Price Lists, no date
Folder 14: Lumber and Roofing Business, Price Lists, 1940-1953
Folder 15: Lumber and Roofing Business Price Lists, 1940-1953
Folder 16: Lumber, Roofing, Flooring and Tile Price Lists, and Correspondence, 1918-1952
Folder 17: Information - Lumber, 1934-1953
Folder 18: Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, 1943-1952
Folder 19: Marble Head Lime Company, 1951
Folder 20: National Production Authority, 1951-1952
Folder 21: National Recovery Administration (NRA), 1934
Folder 22: NRA-Synopses of Codes, 1933
Folder 23: National Retail Lumber Dealers Association (NRLDA) Information Pamphlets, 1946-1951
Folder 24: NRLDA-Dealer Operating Guides, 1953
Folder 25: Office of Price Administration (OPA), 1942-1946
Folder 26: Office of Price Administration, 1946
Folder 27: OPA and Works Progress Administration (WPA) Correspondence, 1943-1945
Folder 28: Stoker Manufacturer's Association, 1944
Folder 29: Stoker Ola., 1938
Folder 30: Texas Citrus Groves: Correspondence, 1948-1949
Folder 31: Texas Soil Lab Reports, 1939-1944
Folder 32: Veterans Emergency Housing Program
Folder 33: Government War Orders and Regulations, 1951
Folder 34: Government War Orders and Regulations, 1945-1952
Folder 35: War Production Board (WPB), 1943-1945
Folder 36: Central Fuse Corporation, 1951

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