Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 1

As I often say in my presentations, it’s a DANGEROUS time to be a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan because there is just SO much merchandise out there. Pretty much whatever you want you can find it with either Laura Ingalls Wilder or “Little House” on it. You can even find unexpectedly odd things like a dogtag or a bobble-head doll. Where do you find all this stuff? It’s one of my post frequently asked questions at my programs so we’ll go over that too. So gather up your books, your stuffed Jacks, and your Charlotte Dolls and listen up as we discuss how to organize your Laura Ingalls Wilder collection.

Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 1

Find Part 2

Roy Rogers Collection

Pull everything together and take inventory (what do you have, what are duplicates, what you can get rid of, what do you still want)

(Update: I found the hickory nut doll!)

Create scope note – what exactly will this collect consist of, what are the limits, what are you specifically NOT going to collect, what goal do I have for collection

Create Schema – how is collection going to be organized, what is going to be next to each other

Books

Shelving Unit 1

“Little House” books, organized by set

Loose books by individual titles

Other Books by Laura

Article Collections, Simplifications, English language foreign editions

Spin-Offs

Shelving Unit 2

William T. Anderson – books, not booklets

John E. Miller

Illustration – including Harvey Dunn, Helen Gentry, Garth William, Mildred Boyle, Helen Sewell, Berta and Elmer Hader, etc.

Children’s biographies by author

Literary Analysis, references to Laura’s work – Dear Genius

Literary Analysis, entire book dedicated to Laura’s books – Constructing the Little House

Historical books, main topic not Laura, but specifically references Laura

Non-fiction inspired by Laura

Fiction inspired by Laura or Laura connections – Anderson House cat picturebooks Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat

Travel – both all on Laura and section on Laura

Autograph Albums

Shelving Unit 3 

Photo of shelves including cookbook section and photo albums of homesites
Cooking and Photo Albums

Teaching Books on entire series and on individual book (books in magazine holders)

Craft and Sewing , Diaries etc.

Foreign edition – non-English language

Audiobooks – CD, cassettes, records

Thesises (binder, title and author labeled on outside)

Informational Films, VHS, DVD, and Filmstrip

Newspaper

Railroad

NBC TV Show plus other fictional movies based on Laura’s life for example the ABC series or Beyond the Prairie

Cookbooks

Photo albums of the homesites

Homesite newsletters

Christmas

Mail Order Catalogs

Shelving Unit 4

Booklets with various editions The Story of the Wilders, etc.

Books Mentioned in the Series

Missouri Blue Books – What Blue Book Is

General histories on related topics – ie. pioneers, horses

Non-Laura histories of places Laura lived

Readers and Anthologies

Rose Area 

Book shelves showing foreign language editions of the books and audio versions
Foreign Ed and Audio

By Rose or collections with stories including one of hers

Finding aid for Hoover collection (RWL and WH) – Hoover collection has things not in finding aid

Non-fiction Books about Rose

Spin-off books about Rose

Related books – New Dawn for America by MacBride

TV shows based on Rose’s books

Diary copied out

Articles – File Cabinets and list

Should have plan for collection after death

Can have a serious collection without having everything

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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