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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: Standard Grading and Dressing Rules for West Coast Lumber, 1947
Folder 2: The Story of Western Pines, no date
Folder 3: U.S. Department of Agriculture- Bullets on trees, insects, and weeds, 1895-1931
Folder 4: Nature's Woodland Wonders, 1944
Folder 5: University of Illinois- College of Agriculture- Bulletins on Plants, circa 1957
Folder 6: "Growing More Trees"- A Big Job for America, no date
Folder 7: Hiatt's Expert Lumber Pricer, 1924
Folder 8: Lumber and Builder's Supplies- Price List, 1941
Folder 9: Alexander Warehouse and Sales Company, 1941
Folder 10: Mott Bros. Company- Dealer Price List, 1943
Folder 11: Rockford Wholesale Building Materials Company- Price List, 1943
Folder 12: Maximum Retail Lumber Prices, 1944
Folder 13: Curtis Woodwork- Price Supplement, 1945, 1948
Folder 14: Robert Sash and Door Company- Price Pilot, no date
Folder 15: Edwards Hines Lumber Company- Retail Catalog, no date
Folder 16: Builders' Service Manual, 1921
Folder 17: Lumbermen's Building Estimator, 1921
Folder 18: Holt's Rapid Estimator, 1929
Folder 19: Automatic Building Costs and instructions booklet, 1927
Folder 20: Holt's Automatic Cost-Book for "Better Homes" Plan Book, 1930
Folder 21: House Valuator, 1931
Folder 22: Manual of Carpentry and Catalog of American nails, wire, barbed wire, staples, tacks, banner fence, netting, et cetera, circa 1927
Folder 23: Insulation in Building Construction, 1929
Folder 24: Light Frame house construction, 1931
Folder 25: Care and Repair of the House, 1931
Folder 26: House Insulation- Its Economies and Application, 1931
Folder 27: How to Judge a House, 1931
Folder 28: The Insulation of New and Old Houses, 1933
Folder 29: National Handbook of Plan Reading and Material Listing, 1938
Folder 30: The High Cost of Cheap Construction- with engineering data for correct house building, 1940
Folder 31: Wood Handbook- Basic Information on Wood as a Material of Construction with Data for Its Use in Design and Specifications, 1940
Folder 32: The Lumber Calculator, 1949
Folder 33: Popular Home- Handyman- tool kit, 1950
Folder 34: Practical Builder's Estimating Handbook, 1952
Folder 35: Handbook for Lumber Offices, 1953
Folder 36: Adventures in Remodeling, no date
Folder 37: Taking the Mystery out of Builders' Hardware, no date
Folder 38: Armour's Anhydrous Ammonia- its properties, uses, and suggestions in regard to handling, no date
Folder 39: American Homes Beautiful- Mosher and Embree, 1921
Folder 40: Good Houses- typical historic achitecture styles for modern  wood-built homes, 1922
Folder 41: Practical Homes for DeKalb- E. E. Embree, circa 1923-1924
Folder 42: E. E. Embree Lumber and Coal- House plans, 1925
Folder 43: Keith's Small House booklets, E. M. Embree, 1926
Folder 44: A Home of Your Own- E. E. Embree, 1928
Folder 45: Correctly Designed- Modern American Houses and English Type Homes, 1930

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