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The Evelyn Wenzel Collection of Correspondence from Laura Ingalls Wilder

Identifier: CLRC-1630

Scope and Contents

The Evelyn Wenzel Collection of Correspondence from Laura Ingalls Wilder contains a small selection of letters written by Wilder to Wenzel from 1949-1952, in regards to research Wenzel was undertaking for her Master's thesis Laura Ingalls Wilder and her little house books : a critical study of one author and her complete works for children, completed at The Ohio State University in 1950. The correspondence includes some corrections and clarifications Ingalls made in regards to Wenzel's research, as well as some thoughts on the past and her childhood. In addition to the letters, there is a small selection of photographs, a couple of which are clippings of published versions of 19th century photos, but the majority of which are photographs of contemporary mid-20th century subjects and locations, mostly appearing to be around De Smet, South Dakota.


  • 1949 - 1952


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Laura Ingalls Wilder was an American author, widely known for her Little House on the Prairie books, which chronicled her memories of her childhood growing up as a pioneer in the Mid-West in the 19th century. Wilder was born in Wisconsin to Charles and Caroline Ingalls, and her books take place at various locations where she lived with her family, including Wisconsin, Kansas, and Minnesota, eventually moving to De Smet, South Dakota. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885, eventually settling with him in Mansfield, Missouri. She published the books based on her childhood beginning in 1932. She died in Missouri in 1957.


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Language of Materials



Contains correspondence from author Laura Ingalls Wilder to Evelyn Wenzel, written between 1949 and 1952, as well as a selection of photographs.


The Evelyn Wenzel Collection of Correspondence from Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1949-1952
Karen Spilman
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Revision Statements

  • July 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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