Tracy Duran Collection

The Tracy Duran Collection



This page is dedicated to the items in my Aurora History collection. I take great pride in finding as many items pertaining to local Aurora history, be it Leland Hotel, East Aurora and West Aurora schools, vintage books by local authors, photos, etc. My belief is when I find a special item, it should be my duty to "bring it back home". I try to save as much as I can. It is hard sometimes financially but I do try my best. There are several items too that have been donated to my collection as well. I want to thank the folks who so kindly donated yearbooks, photos and books to my collection and know that they are in good hands and are well taken care of.

Here are some of the items that are in my collection.

How it all started:: 

The beginning of the Tracy Duran Collection

Back in 2018 I started to find Leland Hotel postcards and matchbooks on Ebay. Since I was writing a Historical Fiction book that centered on Leland, I thought it would be a great hobby to find Leland items. Then I started to find other items that interested me. There were times I would see posts on local Aurora history pages on social media about certain books by local authors and I would look up to see if they were available to buy. Lo and behold, a good majority were available to purchase.

Vintage Books by Aurora Authors


Vintage Book Collection by Local Authors:

  • 1891 "Hill's Album of Biography and Art - World's Fair Edition" by Thomas E. Hill
  • 1905 "Twentieth Century Edition Hill's Manual Illustrated" by Thomas E. Hill
  • 1906 "Lives of Famous Indian Chiefs" by Norman B. Wood
  • 1906 "Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms" by Thomas E. Hill
  • 1909 "The Doctor's Daughter" by William W. Walter
  • 1920 "With the Colors From Aurora-1917-1918-1919" by J.W. Greenaway
  • 1920 City of Aurora Municipal Code Book - owned by C.B.&Q Law Dept - {donated} 
  • 1925 "Lincoln Prophet and Patriot" by B.J. Cigrand
  • 1937 "Aurora Centennial Historical Program
  • 1952 "Record of Aurora, ILL in World War II"
  • 1953 "The Copley Press"
  • 1976 "The Aurora Story" Aurora History Book by Vernon Berry
  • 1996 "Faces and Places of the Fox Valley Area"


Vintage Books from the Tracy Duran Collection


 

Vintage Yearbook Collection:

East Aurora Yearbooks and West Aurora Yearbooks
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East Aurora High School Yearbooks

1910s
  • 1915 {donated}
  • 1916
  • 1917
  • 1919
1920s (complete collection)
  • 1920 {donated}
  • 1921 {donated}
  • 1922 {donated}
  • 1923
  • 1924
  • 1925
  • 1926
  • 1927
  • 1928 {donated}
  • 1929
1930s
  • 1930
  • 1931
  • 1932
  • 1934
  • 1935
  • 1936
  • 1937
  • 1939
1940s
  • 1940 {donated}
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1944
  • 1946
  • 1947
  • 1948
  • 1949
1950s (complete collection)
  • 1950
  • 1951
  • 1952
  • 1953
  • 1954
  • 1955
  • 1956
  • 1957
  • 1958
  • 1959
1960s
  • 1960
  • 1961
  • 1962
  • 1964
1970s
  • 1977 {donated}
  • 1978 {donated}
1980s
  • 1989

1990s

West Aurora High School Yearbooks

1910s

1920s
  • 1921
  • 1925
  • 1926
  • 1927
  • 1928
  • 1929
1930s
  • 1930
  • 1931
  • 1932
  • 1934
  • 1937
  • 1938
1940s
  • 1940
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1946
  • 1947
  • 1948
  • 1949
1950s
  • 1950
  • 1953
  • 1954
1960s
  • 1961
  • 1962
  • 1965
  • 1966
  • 1967
  • 1969
1970s
  • 1977
  • 1978
1980s
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1987

Stillman Freckle Cream and Ephemera:

Stillman Freckle Cream Collection
Tracy Duran Collection

  • Stillman Freckle Cream (1920s-1930s collection shown)
  • James Hulme Bereman was an entrepreneur and businessman. While employed as a pharmacist at Grimm Drug Store (59 Fox, now Downer Place).
  • He developed a formula for a skin-whitening cream that he named "Stillmans's Freckle Cream".
  • He began commercial production of the cream and the business grew. It became a huge success worldwide in a time period where pale skin was the mark of a lady. During the early 1900s, most ladies wanted the clear complexion, clear of any blemishes and freckles. This product was very appealing and is why it was so successful at the time. 
  • One ingredient of the cream is mercury and assisted in bleaching skin. This product is no longer being manufactured.
  • Stillman's Freckle Cream was located at 466-74 Loucks.


City of Aurora Phone Directories:

1946 City of Aurora Directory
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1937 City of Aurora Directory
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