Everett C. Block Collection


Everett C. Block Collection


Block family
Taylor family
West family
Country life
Farm life
Glass negatives
Photography -- Negatives
Rural conditions
Broadlands (Ill.)
Homer (Ill.)
Sidney (Ill.)


A small selection of the glass plate negative photographs found by Everett Block.


J.J. Fisher


Everett C. Block Collection, 1902-2000, bulk 1902-1910, Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library


Evertt C. Block


1902-2000, 1902-1910


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Collection Items

A photo of a sitting man. "Tintype" by tungstensun is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

Vintage Camera
"Vintage Camera" by PMillera4 is licensed with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Photo of Everett C. Block's Notebook
This notebook created by Everett Block has a listing for each of the intact glass negatives found in the Thompson House. Any information he was able to obtain on the images is written next to it. Additional information he gathered in interviews is…

Photo of Girl with a Guitar
Note bright lower left hand corner and streak through the center of print. Also noteworthy, the accoutrements of an artistic young lady: tea serving set, parlor guitar, and violin.

Photo of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad #2
Tents and cabins for the workers on the C&EI.

Photo of Little Prairie House
A little house on the prairie. Note the hats lying in the grass in the foreground.

Photo of Prior House
In the History of Sidney, 1827-1976 the
house in this image is identified ‘as a cottage in Sidney now the home of Mrs. Eva Prior (1976).’ Eva Prior
(1892-1988), wife of Frederick Hilbert Prior (1892-1958), was born in Carlisle, Indiana. She lived…

Photo of Kammin Family
The Kammin family lived in the farmhouse where the glass plate negatives were found from the 1920s-1930s. William Kammin (1902-1988) had removed thirteen glass plate
negatives from the attic and taken them with him when he moved. He loaned these…

Photo of Everett C. Block, 1966
Everett C. Block (1921-2000) was born in Champaign County to Hilbert and Ella Lehmkuler
Block. He was the great-grandson of August Block for whom Block Station was named. Besides collecting
and curating an extensive collection of glass plate…

Photo of Wrisk/Everhart/Olds House
John Wrisk (1857-1926) was
born in Madison, Indiana, but lived in the vicinity of Sidney nearly all his life. He owned a farm near the
corporate limits of Sidney. In 1897, he married Lettie Burnes (1870-1915) of Sidney and they had five
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