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Vanderhoof Family Papers

The Vanderhoof Family papers document the activities of several generations of the Vanderhoof Family from Campton Township, Kane County, Illinois, including diaries, correspondence, and school papers. The documents include information on the family, weather events, day-to-day activities on the farm and in the household, and the families’ dealings with national events such as the Great Depression, World War I, and World War II.

The diaries in this collection were written by Aurelia Hawley (1898), Robert Alexander (1902), Frank Vanderhoof (1872-1904), and Kate Vanderhoof (1899-1962). Diaries for Kate Vanderhoof are complete from 1899 to 1955 and her 1905 diary includes entries by Frank Vanderhoof from January 16-February 2. Also included are Margaret Christiansen’s papers while attending Northern Illinois State Teachers College (NISTC), papers from Dorothy Bartelt and George Vanderhoof, and a drawing by Grace Vanderhoof done while attending NISTC.

For more information about this collection, please see the Center's finding aid.

Kate Vanderhoof Diaries (1951)
Page 196 includes notes on Christmas gifts given and received.
Robert Alexander Diaries (1902)
Pages 74-75 are miscellaneous notes., Page 72 is a newspaper clipping of an obituary for "Mrs. Joseph Alexander."
Charles C. Hawley Correspondence (1896, 1936)
Includes a personal letter, and an invitation to a graduation for Mary Jane Hawley.
Miscellaneous Unidentified Correspondence (1865-1929)
Includes letters which are not addressed, and some are not signed or dated.
George Vanderhoof School papers
"George Vanderhoof. Civics."--Page 1.
Grace Vanderhoof School drawing (Christmas present to George Vanderhoof, 1914)
"Summer of 1912 under instruction of Mrs. M. A. Root."--Page 2., "George, Merry Christmas, from Grace, 1914"--Page 3.