Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 2

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, your Charlotte Dolls, and all your books, and listen up as we discuss how to organize your Laura Ingalls Wilder collection.

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Organizing Your Collection Part 2 Podcast

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Non-book stuff

Scope note – what do and don’t collect

Newspaper articles, legal records, handouts, brochures, pageant programs

Laura files

Laura Places – for every place Laura lived or related

Current – what might want to take with me for info on trip

Questions to work on

Contacts for people I know in town

Map – Current or historic

List of restaurants/lodging

Historic – everything about town not in current

Laura Books

Books by Laura – Original Series in Series Order, collections etc. by title

Books about Laura – by author

Books by Rose

Books about Rose

Laura People – by name

Laura General – Things mentioned by Laura or related to Laura that is not a place, a person, or a book

 

Museum standards

Hang on walls

Danger on walls humidity, up against glass, light, make sure tell framer wants archival grade

Glass – Museum grade

Filter

Is it reversible

Put behind color copy

On Walls

Original arts

Prints sold

Photos of me doing Laura stuff

Photos from press releases – buy old news photos

Things for current programs

Potential program props

Large artifacts around walls

Display cases

Dolls

Jacks

Cat’s Meows

Misc.

Small collectibles

Tech artifacts

Fish tanks as display cases

Where do I get things

Homesite gift shops

Ebay

Gifts

Antiques

Sutlers – stores for reenactors

Repurpose

Create

To sum up

Know what collecting

what want to keep

sort into sections

protect from hazards

make sure you can find them again

Clearly label what it is

Pass on when still in good enough shape to physically do it

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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