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Happy 150th, Laura Ingalls Wilder! (2/07/1867 - 2/10/1957)

Great River Road - Little House In The Big Woods (A log cabin replica of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthsite.)
Series: Digital Photographs Relating to America’s Byways, ca. 1995 - ca. 2013Record Group 406: Records of the Federal Highway Administration, 1956 - 2008

The author of the Little House series was born 150 years ago on February 7, 1867 in the Big Woods region of Wisconsin.

The National Archives holds a number of Little House-related items, including the Homestead Proof of Almanzo Wilder, as well as the papers of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, at the Hoover Presidential Library.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, The National Archives

You can also see how records in the National Archives back up what Laura wrote about one of her home towns in De Smet, Dakota Territory, Little Town in the National Archives (Winter 2003 Prologue).

Find more Laura Ingalls Wilder-related items in the @usnatarchives online Catalog.


President Herbert Hoover at the Howard University Commencement, June 10, 1932

  1. President Hoover is shown above as he made the principal address today, June 10, at the commencement exercises at Howard University, in Washington, D. C. 
  2. President Hoover is shown above as he arrived at Howard University in Washington, D. C., accompanied by Mordecai W. Johnson, President of the university, where he made the principal address at the commencement exercises June 10. 
  3. President Hoover and Dr. Mordecai Johnson, head of Howard University, walk together across the campus… 

Series: Photographs of People, Places and Events, 1962 - 2004Collection: Hoover Presidential Library Audiovisual Collection, 1962 - 2004

More related to Howard University at Educating African Americans: A Brief Look into Historically Black Colleges in America | Rediscovering Black History

Welcome to #ElectionCollection! 

Every Tuesday, the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives and American Experience PBS will share campaign memorabilia on a different theme! Our first challenge is “Signs, Posters, Brochures.” We <3 the heartfelt plea of this campaign poster for Herbert Hoover.

Share your paper memorabilia of past campaigns with us. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents–show us your signs!

Remember to tag them with #ElectionCollection. We can’t wait to see what you have!

#ElectionCollection is a weekly challenge to share your Presidential campaign memorabilia from the past! Join the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives and American Experience PBS every Tuesday as we countdown to Election Tuesday. Show us the mementos that you’ve saved and tag #ElectionCollection!

Image: Campaign poster from 1928. “Herbert Hoover is in the Heart of all of US” from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.

Today marks the 178th anniversary of Charles Ingalls’s birth!

A simple farmer born in Cuba, New York, Ingalls would have likely languished in obscurity had not his second-born daughter Laura taken her childhood recollections and parried them into a timeless and award-winning series of children books.

In this page from a register of homestead receipts from the Dakota Territory we see the line entry for the Ingalls homestead in DeSmet, South Dakota, the family’s final stop in a long series of homes that stretched across present-day Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota.

Several years after proving up on his claim, Ingalls moved into town where he worked a variety of jobs before passing away in 1902. The DeSmet News ended his obituary with this description: “As a citizen he held high esteem, being honest and upright in his dealings and associations with his fellows. As a friend and neighbor he was always kind and courteous, and a faithful and loving husband and father.”

For those fans of the “Little House on the Prairie,” Pa’s DeSmet homestead today is a tourist attraction, still featuring the original cabin Charles Ingalls built for his family over 120 years ago.

The National Archives also holds the papers of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, at the Hoover Presidential Library.

(Post originally published on the National Archives at Denver Facebook page. Image source; RG 049 Records of the Bureau of Land Management, Entry 97, “Register of Final Homestead Receipts, December 9, 1871-May 21, 1891,” NARA identifier 7385822)

This year the FDR Library celebrates 75 years, and with that, 75 years of Presidential Libraries. In the lead up to June 30th we will be highlighting here all of our fellow Libraries. Check in each week for photos, documents and facts on the creation and history of each Library and a look ahead to what will be the newest Presidential Library, the Barack H. Obama Presidential Library.

We hope you will follow along with our journey around the country. Check back later this week for our first Library highlight - the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.