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.

B. T. Halstead
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, People, Civil War
Authorization for Patrick Roach
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Providing for Transportation and Expense Money to the Illinois Surviving Participants of the Battle of Gettysburg, DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Authorization for Ezra A. Perry
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Providing for Transportation and Expense Money to the Illinois Surviving Participants of the Battle of Gettysburg, DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Authorization for William W. Peck
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Providing for Transportation and Expense Money to the Illinois Surviving Participants of the Battle of Gettysburg, DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Authorization for J. H. Lindermood
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Providing for Transportation and Expense Money to the Illinois Surviving Participants of the Battle of Gettysburg, DeKalb, Law and Society
Clarifying Letter to a Veteran Regarding the Gettysburg Reunion Law of Illinois
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Gettysburg Reunion Law of Illinois, House Bill No. 88, Page 3
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Gettysburg Reunion Law of Illinois, House Bill No. 88, Page 2
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Gettysburg Reunion Law of Illinois, House Bill No. 88, Page 1
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Receipts for Soldiers' Expense to Gettysburg for the Reunion
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Mr. Weir's Return of the Check Authorized for Travel to the Gettysburg Reunion
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Edgar P. Coleman's Return of the Check Authorized for Travel to the Gettysburg Reunion
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Sample Letter
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Mailed to Each Illinois Surviving Participant of the Battle of Gettysburg Authorizing Transportation and Expense Money to Attend the Reunion, DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Authorization for Edgar P. Coleman
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Providing for Transportation and Expense Money to the Illinois Surviving Participants of the Battle of Gettysburg, DeKalb, Civil War, Law and Society
Horace George
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, People, Frontier Settlement
Adams Aerial Survey
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
Dr. Brown's Office
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Sycamore, Sycamore (Westgate) Surgical Hospital, Somonauk Street At Corner With Elm Street, Drs. L. A. Westgate and C. Brown, Operated Here, Note Style of Office Chair and Desk, Wooden Floors, Spit-Toon Situated on the Floor, DeKalb, Medical, Equipment, Place, Economic Development, Women and Gender
Reception Hall
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Sycamore, Sycamore (Westgate) Surgical Hospital, Somonauk Street At Corner With Elm Street, Drs. L. A. Westgate and C. Brown, Operated Here, Small Reception Area, DeKalb, Medical, Equipment, Place, Women and Gender, Economic Development
Kitchen
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Sycamore, Kitchen, Sycamore (Westgate) Surgical Hospital, Somonauk Street At Corner With Elm Street, Drs. L. A. Westgate and C. Brown, Operated Here, Example of Kitchen of That Period, DeKalb, Medical, Equipment, Place, Economic Development, Women and Gender
Campus Scene; Northern Illinois State Normal School, DeKalb, Illinois
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, View of Pond in Foreground, Northern Illinois State Normal School, Later Northern Illinois State College and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
Dekalb County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Sycamore, Illinois
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Sycamore, DeKalb, Government, Place
Private Room
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Sycamore, Sycamore (Westgate) Surgical Hospital, Somonauk Street At Corner With Elm Street, Drs. L. A. Westgate and C. Brown, Operated Here, Very Stylish Patient Room, DeKalb, Medical, Equipment, Place, Economic Development, Women and Gender
Northern Illinois State Normal School, Dekalb, Illinois
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Press of Sherman Printing Company, DeKalb, Illinois, Northern Illinois State Normal School, Later Northern Illinois State College and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
DeKalb Arch
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Far East Lincoln Highway, East DeKalb Arch, demolition, DeKalb, Monumental, Place, DeKalb Arch, Lincoln Highway, Economic Development