Ritzman Photo Collection
Floyd R. Ritzman (1885-1975) was a teacher and administrator in the DeKalb public school system. His passion was photography, especially of trains. When the Ritzman family traveled, Floyd always carried a camera. According to his son, Allyn, he and his father would take drives with the intention of photographing area depots, trains, bridges and events.
Through the generosity of Allyn, his father’s collection of photographs was donated to the Joiner History Room in Sycamore. The collection contains pictures of many railway trains, including 400 pictures of the Chicago North Western Railway trains, and 135 pictures of the Chicago Great Western Railway trains.
The Ritzman Photo Collection was digitized in collaboration with the Joiner History Room. For more information, please see their webpage.
- Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Erie, Illinois, Photo Order Number 140, Aerial View of Northern Illinois University Campus and City of DeKalb. Altgeld Hall , Williston Hall (Dorm Building at the Time Photo was Taken), Still Hall and Gym, Wirtz Hall all Visible, Normal Road, Lincoln Highway, North First Street, all Visible, Railroad Tracks, Coal Tipple, DeKalb Daily Chronicle Building, DeKalb Post Office, Locust Street, Sycamore Road, DeKalb Township High School, Ellwood House, Lucinda Avenue, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Educational, Government, Monumental, Place, 1906 Post Office, DeKalb Daily Chronicle Building, Ellwood House, Fifth Street, First Street, Fourth Street, John Street, Lincoln Highway, Locust Street, Main Street, Normal Road, Second Street, Seventh Street, Sixth Street, Sycamore Road, Third Street, Agriculture, Economic Development, Education