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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Memorial Society Records

Identifier: M1812

Scope and Contents

Collection contains newsletters, recipes, clippings, Ingalls family tree, photographs, postcards, copies of articles from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Mo. and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, S.D.


  • 1938-1977


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born in Wis. in 1867 and spent her childhood in Wis., Mo., Kan., Minn., Iowa, and S.D. The Ingalls family stayed in S.D., and in 1885, Laura married Almanzo Wilder. The couple had a daughter, who became the author: Rose Wilder Lane. In 1894, the Wilder family left S.D. and moved to a farm in the Ozark mountains near the town of Mansfield, Mo. In the 1930s and 1940s, encouraged and aided by her daughter, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote a series of books about her childhood on the frontier. Called the "Little House" books, they were published between 1932-1943, and chronicled her experiences from her earliest memories of her life in Wis. and the Kan. prairie to the year of her marriage. She died in 1957, shortly after her 90th birthday. Her books provided the inspiration for the long-running TV series: "Little House on the Prairie" (1974-1983), and the program's various sequels.


1 envelope

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Pat Hodapp, 2004.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.


Collection contains former photo accession #2004.56.


Biography derived from on-line source.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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