The collection consists of the materials collected by Donna Schoeffler Aldas Utter and inherited by her from her grandmother, Sarah Haskins George, more commonly known as "Nettie." The papers regard the families who migrated to the Nez Percé Indian Reservation, more commonly known then as the Lapwaui Reservation, to settle Woodland, Idaho in the mid-1890s. They traveled on the Oregon Trail in covered wagons for most of the trip. The majority of emigrants were farmers from Kansas and Nebraska who were forced to leave their farms due to economic hardships and years of poor farming conditions.
Scope and Content
The collection is semi-cataloged and consists of 987 items in 6 boxes with the manuscripts and correspondence arranged alphabetically by author and the ephemera arranged alphabetically by type. The manuscripts number 54 items. The manuscripts consist of some original poetry, reminiscences regarding the founding and settling of Woodland, Idaho, and various manuscripts related to the city. The memoirs relate the trip to Woodland and the family relations of the people who settled it. Correspondence numbers 413 items. The majority of the correspondence is to or from the Austin S. and Sarah Haskins George Family. There are many postcards to Estella Haskins George, mostly regarding birthday wishes. The letters mostly deal with the concerns of farmers in Nebraska, Kentucky and Idaho. Many detail everyday life of these farmers and their families in the 1890s. The Ephemera consists of 522 items. This section includes unsent postcards representing a variety of types from the turn of the 20th century. The research material related to the book Tales from Sarah's shoebox includes photocopies of photographs, articles and documents. There are also photographs of Sarah Haskins George's family and that of her husband. Other material includes items relating to Woodland, Idaho founding and early years. Many of the items in the collection have been published in Tale's from Sarah's shoebox by Donna Utter.