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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 house designs, 1931
Folder 2: Modern American Homes- E. E. Embree, 1931
Folder 3: Charming Small Homes, 1936
Folder 4: Co-ordinating Important Principles of Good Construction, 1937
Folder 5: Weyerhaeuser 4-square Book of Homes, 1939
Folder 6: Small Homes of Originality- E. E. Embree and Sons, 1946
Folder 7: Modern Living Homes- E. E. Embree and Sons, Incorporated, 1948
Folder 8: National Garages- E. E. Embree Sons, 1949
Folder 9: Homes for the Discriminating- E. E. Embree Sons, 1950
Folder 10: Smaller Ranch Homes Engineered for Maximum Economy-E. E. Embree Sons, 1950
Folder 11: Homes for the Individuality- E. E. Embree Sons, 1950
Folder 12: Sparkling Kitchens for Modern Homemakers- .E. E. Embree Sons
Folder 13: Modern Ranch Homes Designed for Town or Country Living E. E. Embree Sons, 1951
Folder 14: National Homes of Masonry- E. E. Embree Sons, 1952
Folder 15: The Celotex book of Home Plans, 1952
Folder 16: Expansible Homes Designed to Grow- E. E. Embree Sons, 1952
Folder 17: Modern Living Homes- E. E. Embree Sons, 1953
Folder 18: Low Cost Homes- E. E. Embree and Sons, no date
Folder 19: Weyerhaeuser 4-square Book of Homes, no date
Folder 20: Modest Homes- E. E. Embree, no date
Folder 21: We are Co-Operating with Better Housing Program- E. E. Embree, no date
Folder 22: Modernize- E. E. Embree, no date
Folder 23: Interiors that Speak of Charm and Comfort, no date
Folder 24: Petite Homes of Budget Appeal, no date
Folder 25: Southern Pine Garages and Garage- Apartments, no date
Folder 26: Examples of Small Home Architecture- E. E. Embree and Sons, no date
Folder 27: Homes of Economy- E. E. Embree Sons, no date
Folder 28: Practical Small Structures for the Farm- E. E. Embree and Sons, 1944
Folder 29: The Business of Farming- Building Almanac, 1946
Folder 30: Weyerhaeuser 4-square Farm Building Service, no date
Folder 31: Practical Farm Buildings, no date
Folder 32: Successful Farm Buildings- E. E. Embree and Sons, no date
Folder 33: Shelter, 1936
Folder 34: Embree records, 1920-1930s
Folder 35: Embree records, 1940-1950s
Folder 36: Journals- The National Builder and The Carpenter, 1905, 1952
Folder 37: University of Illinois Bulletin- Engineering Experiment Station circular series- fuel and coal, 1942
Folder 38: Keystone Coal Buyers Manual, 1945
Folder 39: Coal Mine Directory, 1953
Folder 40: Indiana Coal, no date
Folder 41: "The Fusion Point"- Christmas Issue- Southern Coal Company Inc, 1951
Folder 42: Journal, 1948-1953
Folder 43: Payroll Records, 1932-1935
Folder 44: Payroll Records, 1948
Folder 45: Payroll Records, 1953

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