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Title: Student Papers, 1871+

Predominant Dates:1900-1980

ID: RHC/UA/38/

Extent: 35.0 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These records include student notebooks, exams, research papers, literary works, some correspondence, and photographs.  Some of the personal papers pre-date the establishment of the university.  The series is arranged by surname of the student, although not strictly alphabetically.  The papers are organized into two subseries.  The first subseries contain only a few items per student.  The second subseries contains more substantive materials for each students.  Researchers seeking material relating to students should consult additional University Archives collections, especially Student Publications (UA 36), Student Activities (UA 35), and Alumni Association (UA 8).

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Use Restrictions: The Regional History Center holds all property rights; literary rights - except for marked copyrighted materials - are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Method: The personal and academic papers contained here offer a glimpse of student life at Northern from the turn of the century to the present.

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[Series I.],
[Series II.],

Series I.
Box A
Folder 1: Mary L. Bates, (1871-1971)
Genealogy Charts, Correspondence, Certificates, Photographs
Folder 2: Lynn O'Connell, 1981
Ceramic Notebook
Folder 3-4: Mollie Brezer, 1901-1906
Diary; Photographs (subjects include Northern Illinois State Normal School- NISNS)
Folder 5: Elaine Burstatte
NIU memorabilia from the 1930's.  (4) four identified photographs of student life.
Folder 6: Mabel Carney, 1912, 1926
Folder 7: L. G. Cody
Photographs (subjects include the Class of 1901-1904, Northern Illinois State Normal School-NISNS) Campus)
Folder 8: Alice Darnell, 1910
Three Great Periods in the History of Art
Folder 9: Edwin Eide
Photographs (subjects include Campus Buildings, Stone Gate, Freshman Stone Bench)
Folder 10: Dorothy Ellis
NIU Memorabilia from the 1940's.  (25) twenty-five items in all including Social Activity programs, Alpha Psi Omega and Kappa Delta Pi records, and (8) eight Play photographs.
Folder 11: Mary Vance Garretson
Photographs (subjects include Garretson Northern Illinois State Normal School -NISNS Halloween Party)
Folder 12: E. P. Gibson, 1968
Correspondence; Photographs (subjects include Northern Illinois State Normal School -NISNS) students, the Stone Gate, 1915-1916)
Folder 13: Lena Gross, 1902
Photographs (subjects include Northern Illinois State Normal School-NISNS) students, Women's basketball team)
Folder 14: Gertie M. (Barber) Latimer, 1901-1902
Letters, Memoirs of Northern Illinois State Normal School (NISNS)
Folder 15: Phillip Madden, 1900
Photographs of Campus Scenes
Folder 16: Wilma (Gilmore) McCrossen, 1965
Folder 17: Irene McKay
Photographs (subjects include campus scenes, the Castle, John W. Cook, Lagoon, McMurry Hall, Williston Hall)
Folder 18: Vicki J. Munch, 1899-1970
The Development of the Department of Physical Education for Women at Northern Illinois University
Folder 19: Harry Nelson, 1914-1918
Correspondence, Photographs
Folder 20: Ethel Phillips Owens, 1904; no date
Photographs (subjects include men's track and basketball team; Campus Gates)
Folder 21-22: Laura H. Pearson, 1974-1976; no date
Correspondence; Photographs (subjects include Northern Illinois State Normal School-NISNS students, the Rickard House)
Folder 23: Robert Scarry, 1970, 1973
Folder 24: G. P. Smith
Geography Workbook, Study of the Campus
Folder 25: Lois Springer, (1977)
Folder 26: James Webster, 1895
Paper, An Inquiry Concerning the Site Selection for Northern Illinois State Normal School (NISNS)
Oversize 1: Joseph Ilika
A Mini Social History of Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC) in WW II, contains scrapbook pages and clippings
Box B
Folder 1: Janet Hawthorne, 1960-1964
NIU memorabilia, programs, clippings, and homecoming banner
Folder 2: Irene Klemmedson, 1928-1930.
Poetry book, song books, activity programs, clippings
Folder 3: Janet Sue Johnson, circa 1993
Photograph and related story
Folder 4: William Schmidt, 1943-1948
Programs and publications
Folder 5: Lillian Shanahan Boynton, 1920-1923
Photographs of McMurry Training School, Northern campus and DeKalb area
Folder 6-7: Tina Reithmayer, 1978-1980
Theater & Arts programs, resident hall information, and campus brochures
Folder 8: Bernice Sheddon, circa 1922-1927
Photograph album, includes autographs and memorabilia
Folder 9: Martha L. Jenks (Ball), 1940-1945
Two stories relating to her life at Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC)
Folder 10: Elizabeth Riotto, 1970-1973
Tests and syllabuses for History & Political Science classes, Douglas Hall and other memorabilia
Folder 11: Charlotte A. Flanders, circa 1929
Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC) Christmas Card, printed by the Industrial Arts Department
Folder 12: Vivian Irene Gates, 1914-1917
Scrapbook of photographs and memorabilia of Northern Illinois State Normal School (NISNS), includes autographs & addresses of classmates
Folder 13: Betty H. Davis Hollingsworth, circa 1938-1940
Memorabilia from Davis' years at Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC)
Folder 14: Dorothy Willrett, 1949
1943 Norther autographed (includes some faculty) VA Subsistence Allowance form
Folder 15: Sarah Stiles Parker, 1926-1927
Memorabilia from Stiles' years at Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC), includes dance programs, &  two photos
Folder 16: Smith, Ed, 1967
Where to, Black Man? An American Negro's African Diary
Folder 17: Phillips,  Cora May, 1909-1910
Boarding Club girls, Princeton, Illinois, and Photo Album (Northern Illinois State Normal School-NISNS) Campus, Dadd's family members)
Folder 18: Murra, Fim & Mary Bayley, 1902-1905
Folder 19: Holderness, Kathryn, circa 1927
1927 Norther, autographed and annotated, and one small photograph of Altgeld Hall
Folder 20: King, Ruth F., 1922
Norther, autographed (includes some faculty)
Folder 21: Ackert, James E., 1965, 1952, 1956
Educational Reminiscences (includes Northern Illinois State Normal School(NISNS) 1899-1903); Letter; Publications
Folder 22: Marshall, Jeanie M., 1903
Norther, several postcards and photographs pasted inside covers
Folder 23: Schroer, David/Diane, 2005-2009
Articles relating to discrimination against transgender individuals  [1977 graduate]
Folder 24: Ptacek, Robert A. (Bohumil), 1940,  1941; January 2010
Homecoming Programs, biographical of 1942 page with Ptacek; article from Czechoslovak sketch; photocopy of Ptacek in uniform;  photocopy Life Journal
Folder 25: McMenamin, Joe & Barbara, 1952; 1955; circa 1980's
[graduated 1955 & 1957] photographs of 1952 Homecoming Parade; Altgeld Hall; May Fete and Graduation; and Joe & Barbara
Folder 26: Spottiswood, Jacob
"Free Temetra!: The AFT, NIU, and the controversial campaign to reinstate one of the campus' most controversial figures." [Senior Thesis, 2011]
Box C
Folder 1: Schlottman, Charlotte, 1919
Folder 2: Hinsch, Dr. Gertrude, 2010
Folder 3: Larson, Gertrude, 1915-1916
Series II.
Grouping 1: Joanne Becker


Joanne Becker, from Monee, Illinois, received her B.S. in Home Economics from Northern Illinois State College in 1954.  She was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, College Choir, Home Ec. Club, Nu Alpha Lambda, President's Panel, and Town Girls.  She married Charles Strub and lives in DeKalb.  Becker's papers date from 1950-1954 and consist of programs, magazines, grade cards and report cards, class preparations, class work.

Box 1
Folder 1: Classes: Education 356 and 424
Folder 2: Classes: Education Class
Folder 3: Classes: English 101, Spring 1952
Folder 4: Classes: Food I
Folder 5: Classes: Health 180
Folder 6: Classes: Home Economics 360
Folder 7: Classes: Home Economics 445, Fall 1952
Folder 8: Classes: Home Management Class
Folder 9: Classes: Miscellaneous School Papers
Folder 10: Classes: Nutrition 180
Folder 11: Class Preparation: "About You" Workbook
Folder 12: Class Preparation: Adjustments and Conflicts in Marriage
Folder 13: Class Preparation: Adolescence
Folder 14: Class Preparation: Adolescent Relations
Folder 15: Class Preparation: Choice of Mate
Folder 16: Class Preparation: Dating
Folder 17: Class Preparation: Friendship
Folder 18: Class Preparation: Grooming
Folder 19: Class Preparation: Health and Physical Fitness
Folder 20: Class Preparation: Human Relations
Folder 21: Class Preparation: Love
Folder 22: Class Preparation: Teaching Family Living
Folder 23: Class Preparation: Values and Rituals
Folder 24: Class Preparation: Weight Reduction
Folder 25: Grade Cards and Reports, 1950-1954
Folder 26: Magazines, 1952-1953
Folder 27: Programs, 1951-1952
Grouping 2: Karen Kelsey


Karen Kelsey received her Masters in Arts in History from Northern Illinois University in 1987.  She attended school while commuting from Crystal Lake, worked outside the home as a pharmacy technician, maintained a household, and raised three children.

       Kelsey's diaries contain personal information on her family, work, health, studies as a graduate student of history at NIU, and her views on political and current events.

Access Restriction: The diaries are closed to the public for ten years from the time of donation.
Box 1
Volume 1-6: Diaries (6 volumes), October 20, 1987-September 19, 1993
Box 2
Volume 1-6: Diaries (6 volumes), September 20, 1993-June 4, 1997
Box 3
Volume 1-6: Diaries (6 volumes), June 7, 1997-September 14, 2003
Box 4
Volume 1-6: Diaries (6 volumes), September 16, 2003-September 1, 2008
Box 5
Volume 1-5: Diary (5 volumes), September 6, 2008-February 15, 2012
Box 6
Volume 1-3: Diary, April 26, 2013-January 26, 2016
Grouping 3: Carol Becker


Carol Becker from Monee, Illinois, was born October 16, 1934.  She received her bachelor’s degree at Northern Illinois University in 1956 and her master’s degree at Hunter College, New York, NY in 1957.  Becker taught in Blue Lake, Illinois in 1957-1958 before joining the staff of the Department for the Visually Handicapped at Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind in Tucson, Arizona as a math teacher in the fall of 1958.  She received her certification for teaching the visually handicapped by attending San Francisco State University and the University of Arizona.  Becker’s contributions to the education of the visually handicapped in their use of the Nemeth Code and the abacus have been felt throughout the country.  She established an Abacus Club at ASDB in which the children gained skills that enabled them to compete mathematically with their sighted peers in public schools.  She published several articles describing methods of teaching children abacus skills and preparing teachers to teach these skills.  She contributed further to teacher preparation as an instructor of braille at the University of Arizona for several years.  Becker passed away June 3, 1983 in Tucson, Arizona.

Box 1
Folder 1: Obituaries, June 3, 1983
Folder 2: Birth, Baptism, Confirmation, and Grade School Diplomas, 1934, 1948
Folder 3: Income and Expenses during College, 1952-1956
Folder 4: Correspondence from Carol Becker to Sister Joanne Strub, 1957, 1960, 1968, 1981-1982
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1983
Folder 6: Publications, 1975-1982, no date
Folder 7: Playground Article and Photographs of Carol Becker Memorial  Bench, 1983
Folder 8: Photographs, no date
Folder 9: Abacus used by Carol Becker in Teaching Math at ASDB
Folder 10: Braille Sheet
Folder 11: Arizona Cactus, October 1983
Folder 12: Poem, A Day with "The Perfect Dorm", no date
Folder 13: Article, "The Dauntless Joe Hogg", February 1973
Grouping 4: Evelyne Zink Johnson


    Nettie Evelyne Zink of Buda, Bureau County, Illinois was born March 15, 1907, the daughter of George E. and Nettie Zink. (Evelyne only used “Nettie” on official documents, and dropped it after her marriage.)  After graduation from High School in Buda in June 1925, she entered the two-year program at Northern Illinois State Teachers College on September 9, 1925.  She suspended her studies after the spring 1926 term to help care for her father, while teaching at the Tadpole School.  Evelyne returned to school full time in the fall of 1928, graduating June 6, 1929.  She began teaching at the Wethersfield Grade School in 1929, where she remained until her marriage to Harold Johnson in June 1937.  Living in Buda, Illinois she devoted the next fourteen years to her family.  Mrs. Johnson resumed teaching in 1951 at the Buda Grade School, followed by Mineral Grade School and the Sheffield Grade School.  She also continued her own education, receiving a B.S. in Education from Northern in August 1963.  She retired from teaching fourth grade at Sheffield in June 1972.  At the time of her death on May 23, 1999 she lived in Genoa, Illinois with her son Jay.

    The materials in this collection not only document Evelyne’s education at N.I.S.T.C. and N.I.U., but also her 29-year teaching career.  Evelyne’s scrapbook contains mementoes of her years attending Northern, from 1925 to 1929.  Included are photographs, post cards, invitations, grade cards, movie playbills, local restaurant menus, N.I.S.T.C. songs and cheers, and autographs of her friends from the “Hunt Club,” a local boarding house.

Box 1
Folder 1: Obituary; Newspaper Clippings, May 1999; 1956, 1963, 1972
Folder 2: Buda Grade and High School, Grade Reports and Diplomas, 1913-1925
Folder 3: Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC)Freshman Beanie; and Student Handbook, 1925; 1926
Folder 4: Evelyne Zink Photographs, 1963, no date
Folder 5: Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC)and Hunt Club Photographs, (1925-1929)
Folder 6: Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC)Coursework, 1925-1929
Folder 7: Music Lesson Book, and handwritten booklets of Ukulele Music, [one book includes memories from Hunt Club friends,1926], (1925-1929)
Folder 8: 1929 Norther, autographed
Folder 9: Northern, Transcripts and Grade Records, (1925-1969)
Folder 10: Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC)Diploma; Travel Permit, 1929
Separated Material: Diploma located in UA 11 Drawer 9, Folder 6
Folder 11: Northern Student Memorabilia, 1929; (1958-1963)
Folder 12: N.I.U. Coursework, 1963, 1969
Folder 13: Delta Kappa Gamma Membership, 1965-1968
Folder 14: Student I.D. Cards; Extension Course Book; Science Report, 1955, 1962/1963, 1965/1966
Folder 15: Teacher's Life Poems, etc., 1958, 1964, no date
Folder 16: Salary Schedules, Western Community School District #306, 1964-1973
Folder 17: Retirement Memorabilia, 1972
Folder 18: Teachers' Retirement Deduction Receipts, (1950-1952)
Folder 19: Poems from Wilbur McLaughlin, classmate at Buda High School, 1925
Box 2
Volume 1: Scrapbook (1 volume), September 1925 - June 1929
Folder 1: Games, Puzzles, Quiz Questions, and Songs, no date
Folder 2: Classroom Projects from Normal Instructor and Primary Plans, 1915-1918
Folder 3: Classroom Decorations, Crown for Birthday Child, no date
Box 3
Folder 1: Teacher's Certificates, 1926, 1929, 1963, 1966
Folder 2: Teachers Contracts, (1926-1972)
Folder 3: Grading/Record Books: Tadpole School, 1926-1928
Folder 4-5: Grading/Record Books: Wethersfield Grade School, 1929-1937
Folder 6: Grading/Record Books: Buda Grade School, 1951-1952
Folder 7-8: Grading/Record Books: Mineral Grade School, 1952-1955
Folder 9-18: Grading/Record Books: Sheffield Grade School, 1955-1972
Folder 19: Student Rosters, Sheffield School, 1956-1972
Folder 20-21: Memorabilia and Photographs from Teaching, circa  1926-1988
Folder 22: Letters and Photographs from Jean Wolcott, 1938-1939, 1971
Grouping 5: Vera Wiswall


    Vera Wiswall and her family lived just a few blocks from the Northern Illinois State Normal School campus, at 308 Augusta Avenue in DeKalb.  She graduated from Northern in 1906 and went on to receive degrees from Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory.  Wiswall came back to teach music at Northern in 1911 and retired in 1951.  She died in DeKalb, January 26, 1967.

    Wiswall’s papers consist of programs for the Ellwood-Glidden Societies, Treble , and a Memoriam for John Williston Cook; three Zoology and Nature Study Notebooks; and three song and poetry books.  The notebooks are of particular interest as they contain class notes and sketches of plants and animals related to her studies.

Box 1
Folder 1: Ellwood-Glidden Societies Contest brochures; Treble Clef Society Concert programs; Memoriam of John Williston Cook, (1901-1912); 1922, 1923; October 15, 1922
Volume 1-2: Zoology Notebooks (2 volumes), circa  1905
Volume 3: Nature Study Notebook (1 volume), 1905
Volume 4: The Abridged Academy Songbook, 1903
Volume 5: Farm Ballads, by Will Carleton  (1 volume), 1873
Volume 6: Farm Festivals, by Will Carleton  (1 volume), 1882
Grouping 6: Dorothy & Helen Corey


    Dorothy and Helen Corey were daughters of Frank S. and Caroline Corey.  The family home was located near the Northern Illinois State Normal School campus, on the corner of West Lincoln Highway and Normal Road.  Dorothy graduated from Northern in 1910, and Helen in 1920.  Dorothy taught at Haish School in DeKalb for several years before continuing her studies at Carroll College in Beloit, Wisconsin, ca. 1914.  Her sister Helen married Paul Arndt, and in the early 1940's the Arndt’s moved into the Corey family home, at 105 Normal Road. Members of the Arndt family continued to reside in the home until 1989 when NIU purchased the property.  It has been the home of University Resources for Women since 1990.

    The Corey papers consist of Dorothy’s scrapbook for the years 1908 to 1913, and her photo album from ca. 1914 which contains a number of photographs of the Corey home on Normal Road, with the remainder of Beloit.  Also included here are letters written to Helen Corey/Arndt from John Williston Cook, Swen Parson, and Willard Smith, president of the class of 1920.

Box 1
Folder 1: Helen Corey/Arndt Correspondence, (1920-1935)
Volume 1: Dorothy Corey Scrapbook (1 volume), 1908-1913
Volume 2: Dorothy Corey Photo Album (1 volume), circa  1914
Grouping 7: Catherine Hoffman


    Catherine Hoffman, from Sycamore, Illinois, graduated from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb, in 1943.  She studied Home Economics and Chemistry, and was a member of the Home Economics Club and Town Girls.  The materials in this collection were donated by her sister, Joan Hoffman on October 8, 2001.

Box 1
Folder 1: “A New Door Opens to Youth at Northern,” (booklet on new Science Building, 1943); “So You’re an N.I. Graduate;" “Occupational Therapy,” a War Department Technical Manual; Homecoming  cIass of Northern Illinois News Items; and Circle of Gold Alumni Program and Correspondence, 1943; no date; 1944; 1954; 1993
Volume 1-2: Norther Yearbooks (autographed) (2 volumes), 1940, 1943
Grouping 8: Gladys Larsen Wetz


    Gladys Larsen was born in DeKalb, Illinois on March 7, 1893.  She attended the training school at Northern Illinois State Normal School when it opened in the fall of 1899.  She later attended N.I.S.N.S. and graduated in 1911.  On April 4, 1914 she married Henry Wetz, and in her later years moved to Roswell, New Mexico to be near her daughter.

    Gladys Wetz’s letters and reminiscences provide a wealth of information on the early years  of Northern, its faculty and students, as well as information on the city of DeKalb.  Information included in this collection includes several genealogy charts, correspondence, memoirs (early years of college and community), and photographs (including the Haish Mansion, and the Class of 1911).

Box 1
Folder 1: Photographs; Genealogy; Correspondence, 1917-1975
Folder 2: Comments on Norther; Comments on Northern Illinois, 1909- 1914; 1908-1912
Folder 3: "Glimpses of Yesteryear", 1967-1969
Folder 4: "Recollections of Northern, 1899-1911"
Grouping 9: Elsa Ann Fischer Browne


Elsa Ann Fischer was born September 13, 1911.  She graduated from Dixon High School [where future President Ronald Reagan also attended] in 1929.  In the fall of that year she traveled to DeKalb to begin classes at the Northern Illinois State Teachers College.  During her four years at Northern she participated in Orchestra and String Quartet, the Geography Club, Williston Hall girls, and was a member of Nu Iota Pi.  While attending NISTC she met Robert Cameron Browne, who attended the school for two years.  They married on January 20, 1940. [Robert taught for several years in Erie and Rock Falls, Illinois and then went to work for Northwestern Steel and Wire Company as a metallurgist, and later became superintendent of plant operations.]

Following her graduation from Northern in 1933, Elsa worked in an office for two years, taught in a rural school for one year, and at Stillman Valley Community High School for four years.  After her marriage she gave up teaching.  Elsa was well known in the Sterling and Rock Falls areas from her participation in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Republican Party politics, and church activities.  Her husband Robert died August 1, 1979.  Elsa Browne resided in Rock Falls, Illinois in 2004.  The materials in this collection were donated by her niece Phyllis E. Kurzrock in May 2004.

Box 1
Folder 1: Fischer, Elsa Ann - Photo and Short Biography
Folder 2: Northern Illinois State Teachers College (Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC)), Student Faculty  Directories, 1929-1930, 1930-1931
Folder 3: "The Willistonite" Williston Hall Yearbook, Volume 2, 1930
Folder 4: Commencement Announcements, 1931, 1933
Folder 5: Fischer's Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC) school books: Geography Notebook, Winter 1930-1931
Folder 6: Fischer's Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC) school books: Asia, Africa and Australia, published, 1918
Folder 7: Fischer's Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC) school books: European History Atlas, published, 1929
Folder 8: Fischer's Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC) school books: Student's Objective-Test Manual and Answer Book, circa 1932
Folder 9: Fischer's Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC) school books: Higher Levels: Habits and Skills, Book IV, Text and Keys for Scoring, published, 1932
Folder 10: Fischer's Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC) school books: Teaching Literature, published, 1926
Folder 11: Class of 1933, 50th Anniversary Souvenir Directory, October 1983
Folder 12: Circle of Gold Luncheon, June 30, 1986
Folder 13: Stillman Valley Community High School Yearbooks, 1937, 1939
Box 2
Volume 1-4: Norther Yearbooks, autographed (4 volumes), 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933
Grouping 10: Thelma Wright


Thelma Jeannette Wright attended grade school in Rock Falls, Illinois before her family moved to Algonquin.  After graduating from Dundee High School in May 1940 Thelma came to Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb, where she received a B.S. in Music and English in 1944.  While at NISTC she lived in Williston dormitory, was a member of the Treble Clef, and was on the Norther yearbook staff for 1944.  After graduation taught both vocal and instrumental music in the Dundee-Carpentersville grade schools.

This collection contains three scrapbooks which document the years 1940 to 1945.  Included here is correspondence, cards, newspaper clippings, musical programs, playbills,  and memorabilia relating not only to activities at Northern, but also to her interest in music.  Since Thelma attended school here during World War II a number of items relate to the effect of the war on campus.

This collection was brought in by the Northern Alumni Association in August 2004.

Box 1
Folder 1: Newspaper articles, and correspondence, 1940-1945, 1966
Volume 1-2: Scrapbooks (2 volumes), 1940-1943
Box 2
Volume 1: Scrapbook (1 volume), circa  1943-1945
Grouping 11: Howard Nash Johnston


Howard Nash Johnston came to Northern Illinois State Normal School in the Fall of 1908 from Byron, Illinois.  Johnston played on the baseball, basketball and football teams and participated in a number of school related activities, and was a member of the Patriots, and the “King” of a group known as the “Trouble Cleft.”  Following his graduation in 1910 Johnston was principal in Kingston, Illinois.  He married Eva Stanbury, also from Byron, class of 1912.  In 1977 Howard N. Johnston was President of the Holcomb State Bank in Holcomb, Illinois.

This collection contains one scrapbook and a folder which contain photographs and memorabilia relating to Howard Nash Johnston’s activities at NISNS, as well as photographs of the women of the Tudor Boarding Club, and from the classes of 1908 thru 1910.

The collection was brought in by the Northern Alumni Association in August 2004.

Box 1
Folder 1: Photographs and Memorabilia, 1908-1917
Volume 1: Scrapbook: Tudor Boarding Club, Memorabilia relating to Howard N. Johnston (1 volume), 1908-1909, 1908-1910
Grouping 12: Leondard & John (Mart) McCracken


Leonard Dean McCracken and Joan Halcyon Mart met while students at Northern Illinois State Teachers College.  Leonard was from McHenry, Illinois, majored in Physical Education and Mathematics, and was a member of the Golf Team.  He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  He worked in Research and Development at Wilson Sporting Goods, and had retired by 1995. Joan Mart was from DesPlaines, Illinois and graduated from Northern in 1952, also with a BSED.  She majored in Physical Education and Fine Arts, and was a member of a number of campus organizations including the Fine Arts Club, Major-Minor, the Daughters of Neptune, and the Women’s Athletic Association.  She worked for a time as the Audio-Visual Librarian for the Village of Arlington Heights, where the McCracken’s lived.

The materials in this collection were donated by their daughter Jane Swenson on May 14, 2007.

Box 1
Folder 1: Varsity Club Spring Semi-Formal dance card/program; Senior Ball Dinner Dance program; Commencement Programs, May 29, 1952; June 3, 1950; June 11, 1950, June 1, 1952, June 4, 1966.
Volume 1-2: Norther Yearbooks (Autographed) (2 volumes), 1950, 1952
Item 1: Two of Leonard McCracken's red pullover "letter sweaters," one with a large black NI patch, and the other with a similar black patch with GOLF in red, are located in UA 11.
Grouping 13: Margaret Allen Arnold


Margaret Jean [Peggy] Allen, the daughter of Bly and Roy Allen, was raised in DeKalb, Illinois and attended the University School at Northern Illinois University from 1961 to 1964.  Allen then attended DeKalb High School where she was the first female President of the Student Council in 1966/1967.  She married Steve Arnold, and they eventually moved to Madison, Wisconsin.  The materials in this collection were donated by Margaret Arnold on February 16, 2007.

Box 1
Folder 1: Margaret Allen's University Junior High School Report Cards, Fall 1961 - Spring 1964
Folder 2: Programs, Concerts, Dances, Bookmarks [University Junior High], (1961-1964)
Folder 3: Student Handbooks, University Junior High, 1962/1963, 1963/1964
Folder 4: Margaret Allen's University Junior High Memory Book, 1963-1964
Folder 5: University School Industrial Arts Class: Peggy Allen's "Business Card" and a Calendar, 1963-1964
Folder 6: Postcards: University School, Clarkson Dormitory at Taft Field Campus, and Taft Field Campus Food Center, circa 1963-1964
Folder 7: "The Blackhawk Smoke Signal", University Junior High Newspaper, April and June 1964
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, (1964-1967)
Folder 9: Safety Patrol Handbook, Littlejohn School, 1960
Volume 1: Scrapbook of DeKalb High School Athletic Activities (1 volume), 1966/1967
Grouping 14: Joan M. Metzger


Joan Marie Metzger, the daughter of Lorraine and Robert Descourouez, was born and raised in St. Charles, Illinois.  She graduated from Mundelein College [Chicago] in 1972 with a B.A. in History.  In 1973 she married Allan Metzger, and they moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1978 where Joan began working in the research library of the Arizona Historical Society.  Following their return to Illinois in the fall of 1987, Joan decided to pursue a Master of Library Science degree at Northern Illinois University.  She began attending classes in the fall of 1988 and graduated in May of 1991.  Joan became the Assistant University Archivist in the Regional History Center at NIU in September 1995.

The materials included here are from the courses Metzger took for her MLS degree, and include course syllabi and requirements, class notes, assignments, and some exams.  Researchers should also see VFM 4.96 - “The Littlest Carnegie: A History of the Clinton Township Public Library, Waterman, Illinois,” written for LIBS 571 in the spring of 1991, and VFM 4.94 - “The Finnish Community of DeKalb, Illinois,” written for HIST 492 in the spring of 1990.  The Library and Information Science program at NIU was phased out in 1993.

Box 1
Folder 1: Library and Information Studies, Master of Arts Degree Program, Information, 1988-1991
Folder 2-5: LIBS 412 - Cataloging and Classification of Library Materials, taught by Deanne Holzberlein, Fall 1988
Folder 6: LIBS 413 - Selection of Library Materials, taught by Patricia Cannon, Spring 1989
Folder 7: LIBS 508 - Reference Theory and Practice, taught by Patricia Canon, Summer 1989
Box 2
Folder 1: LIBS 490 - Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials, Interim Session Workshop, conducted by Deanne Holzberlein, August 1989
Folder 2: LIBS 522 - Information Resources in the Social Sciences, taught by  David Shavit, Fall 1989
Folder 3-4: LIBS 537 - Special Libraries, taught by Andrew Torok; Includes course project draft, "Recommendations for a Research Library at the Garfield Farm and Tavern Museum, La Fox, Illinois.", Fall 1989
Folder 5-6: LIBS 501 - Foundations of Librarianship, taught by Deanne Holdberlein; Includes paper/oral report on "Copyright in the Library Environment.", Spring 1990;
Folder 7: LIBS 503 - Introduction to Information Science, taught by Andrew Torok, Spring 1990
Folder 8: HIST 492 - Principles of Historical Administration, taught by Glen Gildemeister, Spring 1990
Folder 9: LIBS 505 - Library Organization and Management, taught by David  Shavit, Summer 1990
Box 3
Folder 1-2: LIBS 521 - Information Resources in the Humanities, taught by Patricia Canon; Includes papers written and resources used on topic of "Stereographs.", Fall 1990
Folder 3: LIBS 535 - Public Libraries, taught by David Shavit, Fall 1990
Folder 4: LIBS 571 - Research Methods in Librarianship, taught by Patricia  Canon; Includes notes and resource material used in writing "The Littlest Carnegie: A History of the Clinton Township Public Library, Waterman, Illinois.", Spring 1991
Folder 5: Comprehensive Examination: Reading List and "Comps Advice for Worriers", Spring 1991
Folder 6: Spring Colloquium and "Research and Career Day" Flyer, Sponsored by Department of Library and Information Studies, March 27, 1992
Grouping 15: Charlotte H. Willrett


Charlotte H. Willrett, from Malta, Illinois, was a student at Northern Illinois State Teachers College from 1943 until her graduation in 1947.  She studied Home Economics and Chemistry, and was a member of the Home Economics Club, of which she served as secretary and vice-president; Town Girls; the Y.W.C.A.; Kappa Delta Pi, and Pi Kappa Sigma.  Charlotte married Gaylord O. Berg and moved to Rochelle where they lived until Gaylord’s death in 1995.  Charlotte then moved to Wheaton, Illinois.

Box 1
Folder 1: Picture of Charlotte Willrett from the 1947 Norther, with scholastic information, 1947
Folder 2: Bulletin of the Northern Illinois State Teachers College, Annual Catalog, 1943-1944
Folder 3: Pi Kappa Sigma Handbook, 1946
Folder 4: "The Laurel" of Pi Kappa Sigma, November 1946-November 1947
Oversize 1: Norther, includes numerous autographs from students, and some faculty, 1944
Grouping 16: Harvey E. Hoyt


Harvey Edward Hoyt was born July 7, 1907 in Elburn, Illinois, the youngest of three children born to Edward L. Hoyt and Della A. Sharp.  Harvey graduated from the two-year program at Northern Illinois State Teachers College in 1928.  He taught at the Elburn Elementary School, and later taught 5th grade at Sugar Grove Elementary School.  A member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, he was noted for his work with the Boy Scouts.  In addition to teaching, Harvey served as the Village Clerk of Elburn from 1948 until his retirement in September 1988.  In 1965 Hoyt was awarded a Certificate of Merit  for his years of faithful service as treasurer of the Northern Illinois University Alumni Association.  He also wrote the “Late Twenties” column for the Northern Alumnus.  A lifelong resident of Elburn, Harvey Hoyt died December 20, 1989 at the age of 82, at Jennings Terrace in Aurora, where he had been a patient for several months.

The materials in this collection were donated by Marilyn Thompson in May and June of 2011.

Box 1
Folder 1: "Northern Alumnus"; Photocopy of page from 1928 Norther yearbook, December 1954, March 1955, and June 1965; 1928
Volume 1: Norther yearbook, autographed, and in original box (1 volume), 1926
Grouping 17: Joanie (Grosser) McAvoy


Born to Frank and Mildred Grosser, Joanie (Grosser) McAvoy, was raised in Brookfield, Illinois.  She attended NIU where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1971 and her Masters of Science in Education in 1975. During her time at NIU, Grosser actively participated in NIU life, attending football games and serving as Co-Chairman of the Homecoming Committee in 1970.  After graduating from NIU, Grosser worked at the Aurora campus of the Waubonsee Community College and later in the Schaumburg Community School District. She married John Rockwood McAvoy, also a graduate of NIU.  John received his Bachelor of Science degree at NIU in 1971 and worked as an accountant for Griffin Pipe Products Co. and Amsted Industries. Joanie and John McAvoy reside in Lisle, Illinois.

Box 1
Folder 1: Homecoming Committee, 1970
Folder 2: Homecoming advertisements, 1970
Folder 3: Homecoming Queen, Larry Bloom nomination articles, 1970
Folder 4: Football ticket stubs (6), October 1970, September 1971
Folder 5: Football programs (including University of Wisconsin-Madison vs. Northern Illinois University program) (4), 1970-1971
Folder 6: Dorm life, Homecoming, football photos (37), 1968-1971
Folder 7: Grant South photos (2), 1967-1969
Folder 8: Four-year form, classes, no date
Folder 9: Graduate study in Education, 1971
Folder 10: Articles on Northern Illinois University, 1970, 1980
Grouping 18: Charles and Barbara (Guenette) Whitford


Charles Whitford and Barbara Guenette met while attending the Northern Illinois State Teachers College together in the late 1930s and married 1941, eventually having two daughters, Cheryl and Nancy.  Born in 1916, Charles was one of six children born to Manley and Ethel (Cadman) Whitford. Charles graduated in 1938 from NISTC with a Bachelors in Science focusing on Mathematics and Physics and was a member of the Sigma Zeta society.  Charles taught school briefly after graduating for NISTC.  During World War II, he served in U.S. Army.  Sometime after the war, Charles and Barbara moved to Aurora where Charles worked as an engineer at Western Electric Company, Inc. until his retirement.  Charles’ sister, Harriet (Whitford) Gale, and their mother, Ethel (Cadman) Whitford, were teachers, while Charles’ brother, Manley Whitford, ran the Whitford Clothing store in Hinckley. Barbara (Guenette) Whitford grew up in Waukegan, Illinois alongside her sisters Lois (Guenette) Bouton and Gretchen Guenette. Barbara graduated from Waukegan Township High School in 1934 and by 1938 was receiving financial assistance from the P.E.O. to attend NISTC.  Graduating in 1939 from Senior College with a Bachelor of Arts, Barbara was a member of the English Club and Daughters of Neptune. Barbara’s sister, Lois, graduated from the NISTC Junior College in 1939, having been a member of the Women’s Athletic Association, Physical Education Club and Daughters of Neptune.  Both Barbara and Lois wrote for The Northern Illinois in 1939.  Lois (Guenette) Bouton joined the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve in World War II, then became an elementary teacher in Zion, Illinois, having retired by 1989.  Gretchen Guenette served as a photographer for the Women’s Army Corp (WAC) from 1949-1969, afterwards becoming an x-ray technician until her death in 1994.  After college, Barbara became an avid gardener and both she and Charles actively collected postcards from around the world in addition to information on local history and significant events in their friends’ lives.

The extensive collection of postcards from Charles and Barbara (Guenette) Whitford is now located in the RC 199 Postcard Collection.

Box 1
Folder 1: Freshman Week social event card, Charles Whitford, 1934
Folder 2: Barbara Guenette admissions packet and Statement of Standing, 1936-1938
Folder 3: Barbara Guenette, Williston Hall waitressing and room assignment, May, July, August 1938
Folder 4: Barbara Guenette loan and school finance correspondence with P.E.O., 1938-1939, no date
Folder 5: NIU programs, 1936-1939, 1963
Folder 6: The Nothern Illinois with articles by Barbara and Lois Guenette and  Charles Whitford on Honor Roll (6), January-March 1939, October 1, 1943
Folder 7: Charles Whitford class notes, no date
Folder 8: Comprehensive Objective, Achievement, and Survey Geometry tests, Charles Whitford, circa 1930
Folder 9: McMurry Training School, student teaching observation and worksheet booklet, Charles Whitford, circa 1938
Folder 10: Sigma Zeta, Charles Whitford, January, April-May 1938, April 1939, no  date
Folder 11: Education Tests for Use in High School, 1936
Folder 12: Charles Whitford class notes and geometry examples, no date
Folder 13: Unit I: An Introductory Unit in Plane Geometry, Charles Whitford, no date
Folder 14: Unit III: Multiplication and Division of Algebraic Numbers, Charles Whitford, 1937
Folder 15: Red Cross Life Saving methods, Barbara Guenette, 1932
Folder 16: Barbara Guenette class notes, no date
Folder 17: Sentence Variety Unit, Barbara Guenette, February 1939
Folder 18: Ballad Unit, Barbara Guenette, January 1939
Folder 19: Teaching job applications and correspondence, Barbara Guenette, 1939, no date
Folder 20: Charles Whitford and Barbara Guenette report cards, 1934-1939
Folder 21: Illinois State Examining Board for Teacher Certificates, Barbara  Guenette, no date
Folder 22: Lorado Taft Newsletter, Earth Science Teacher Conference, 1955, 1952
Folder 23: Photographs (13 photos), circa 1930s, no date
Folder 24: Photo album, 1937-1940
Folder 25: Photographs, Whitford home at 115 Hiawatha (3 photos), 1947, 1950
Folder 26: Historical Westmont, houses (12 negative strips), 1946-1947, 1949, 1951-1952
Folder 27: "The W," Waukegan High School Yearbook, Barbara Guenette, 1933
Folder 28: "Annual W," Waukegan High School Yearbook, Commencement program, service, and play, Barbara Guenette, 1934
Folder 29: Waukegan Township High School, 25th Reunion, October 10, 1959
Folder 30: Ephemera, 1933, 1936, 1941, 1949-1950, 1952, 1960, no date
Folder 31: Women's Athletic Association (WAA) Sport Dance card, Lois Guenette was in the WAA, May 6, 1938
Folder 32: Barbara (Guenette) Whitford, Garden Club ribbons (7 ribbons), circa 1947-1952
Folder 33: Photographs, Oswegorama Parade, Oswego, Illinois- Barbara Whitford on Sugar, Charles Whitford on Spice, both dressed as Navajos (3 slides), September 13, 1958
Folder 34: Whitford Men's Furnishing, owned by Manley Cadman Whitford,  Charles Whitford's brother, circa 1940s
Folder 35: Photographs, Ethel (Cadman) Whitford at Teachers Institute in DeKalb (4 photos), March 1912
Folder 36: Photographs, Harriet (Whitford) Gale, teacher in LaGrange (2 photos), no date
Folder 37: Ethel M. (Cadman) Whitford's Teaching Certificate, Ogle County,  Charles Whitford's mother, July 22, 1900
Folder 38: Frank Gale, Harriet (Whitford) Gale's husband, tribute, American Legion pin, no date
Folder 39: American Legion, Broadview Post No. 626 Installation of Officers, Commander Harley Bergstrand, a friend of Charles Whitford, September 13, 1952
Folder 40: Northern Illinois region business postcards, flyers, and business cards, 1892, 1896, 1928, 1935, 1947-1947, 1950-1954, 1966, 1983, no date
Folder 41: Marshall Fields & Company and Chicago booklet, 1946
Folder 42: Burlington Railroad calendar and case, 1953
Folder 43: DeKalb Centennial envelope with letter, 1956
Folder 44: Shabbona, Neconihe Moka Man (Friend of the White Man), pageant, Order of the Arrow Wiyapunit Lodge # 106, Boy Scouts, June 12, 1956
Folder 45: Naperville Settlement and Aurora newspaper clippings, December 1960 and January 14, 1984
Folder 46: "Thrift Corner Yarns", Aurora Savings & Loans Association, April 1965
Folder 47: Phillips 66 ad with needle pack, Clarendon Hills, no date
Folder 48: Westmont, Illinois, no date
Folder 49: Deerfield Industries, no date
Folder 50: Snow newspaper article, no date
Folder 51: Calendars, 1920, 1932, 1938, 1948, 2006
Folder 52: Story and poem booklets, "Junior Verse," owned by Gretchen Guenette,  and "The Boy from Missouri Valley", 1930, 1916
Folder 53: Today Daily Devotional booklets, poems, and notes, January-March 1939, no date
Folder 54: Religious booklets: "His Last Week" and "Thoughts and Prayers for Anxious Hours", 1905, 1943
Folder 55: All About Small Dogs in the Big City, Ann Seranne, given by Gretchen Guenette, Barbara (Guenette) Whitford's sister, 1975
Folder 56: Warrenville Women's Club Recipes, 1953
Folder 57: Recollections of a Midwest M.D., Harry Y. Greeley, M.D., Charles Whitford's doctor, 1984
Folder 58: Doctor Harry Greeley newspaper articles, 1983-1984, 1989, 1993
Folder 59: County School Memories, compiled by Bonnie Hughes Falk, Edith O. Chaffer recollections noted, 1986
Box 2
Folder 1: The Beautiful Life of Frances E. Willard, Anna A. Gordon, Memorial Edition, 1898
Folder 2: Recollections, 1837-1910, by Charles W. Marsh (1910), given to Lumen Charles Whitford, Charles Whitford's grandfather, 1920
Folder 3: College Currency, Money for Business Training, Herb and Martha  Schingoethe, Neil Shafer editor, signed by Herb and Martha Schingoethe as gift to Whitfords, 1993
Grouping 19: E. Marvin Eckberg


Edwin Marvin Eckberg was born to Oscar and Bertha Eckberg in 1915. Raised in DeKalb, Illinois, E.M. Eckberg attended DeKalb Township High School.  He graduated from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in 1936 with a Bachelors in Education and a focus on zoology and chemistry.  He was a member of Beta Tau Sigma and Alpha Phi Omega while at NISTC.  By the time he entered NISTC, his mother Bertha was working at the DeKalb Trust and Savings.  After graduating from the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine in 1940, he practiced medicine in Galva, Illinois.  Material from Eckberg’s medical studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago Medical College are denoted.

Box 1
Folder 1: Speech, Government and Society notes and classwork, 1935, no date
Folder 2: Physics experiments (4-60), E.M. Eckberg and others, 1934-1935
Folder 3: Chemistry notes by various individuals, 1934-1935
Folder 4: Ecology notes and classwork, 1935, no date
Folder 5: Bacteriology notes and classwork, University of Illinois, Chicago Medical  College, September- December 1937
Folder 6: Physiology notes and class work, University of Illinois, Chicago Medical College, October 1937-May 1938
Folder 7: Pharmacology notes and classwork, University of Illinois, Chicago Medical College, 1938
Folder 8: Diseases and medical conditions, notes and classwork, University of Illinois, Chicago Medical College, 1938
Folder 9: Pathology notes and slide drawings, slides (1-143), University of Illinois, Chicago Medical College, January-March 1938
Folder 10: Biological studies, experiments (33-113), [University of Illinois, Chicago Medical College], no date
Folder 11: Experiments on animal reactions to drugs, [University of Illinois, Chicago Medical College], no date
Box 2
Folder 1: Human Anatomy drawings, University of Illinois, Chicago Medical School, no date
Folder 2: Botany notes, diagrams, and classwork, no date
Folder 3: Insect and Animal Biology notes, drawings, and classwork, no date
Folder 4: History notes and class work, no date
Folder 5: Evolution of Man notes and classwork, no date
Folder 6: Plays and Drama notes and classwork, no date
Folder 7: Unknown class notes, 1938, no date
Folder 8: "The Barb," DeKalb Township High School newspaper, Marvin Eckberg as distributor, February, March, October 1930
Folder 9: Northern Illinois State Teachers College Student Association Ticket book, Fall 1933
Folder 10: Northern Illinois State Teachers College programs, newspaper, ephemera, 1930, 1933, 1936, no date
Folder 11: Medical journals, magazines, and booklets, 1929, 1931, 1936-1938, no date
Folder 12: United States Department of Agriculture, "Farmer's Bulletin," animals, 1924, 1930
Folder 13: Poems and Plays, 1921, 1923, no date
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1922, 1935, no date
Folder 15: Joseph H. Dodson, "The Birdhouse Man," order forms, no date
Folder 16: DeKalb area stores and banks, circa 1930s, no date
Folder 17: Bertha Eckberg's Sunday School material and DeKalb Evangelical Lutheran Constitution, 1934, no date
Folder 18: Unidentified photos, damaged [albumen or gelatin prints], no date
Folder 19: Ephemera, 1926, 1932, 1935, no date

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