Laura Ingalls Wilder, Historical Artifact from the 1950's For Sale
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Laura Ingalls Wilder, Historical Artifact from the 1950's:
Audio of a 1953 interview with Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I have a rare recording of an interview done with Laura Ingalls Wilder, in 1953. This would be a HISTORICAL ARTIFACT (which needs to be in an airtight container to preserve, and prevent any further damage). I am selling this artifact AS IS, WHAT IS IN THE PICTURES 1, 2, and 3. The player does not work but it is the player the interview was recorded on, there is no lid for the player (couldn't find it), and I will send a copy of the CD that was pulled off of the tape, so you will know what is on it (thetape is playable if you have a reel to reel tape player). I am sending a copy of the CD because it costs around 200 dollars to get someone to pull the recording off of the reel to reel.
There is only two known recordings, one is owned by The Wilder Home in Mansfield, MO,(fifth picture) and the other by me. I was a caregiver to Nava Austin, one of the librarians, that did the interview. Nava ( was the librarian in the middle, standing next to Ms. Wilder, in the 5th picture) was a very good friend of Laura Wilder, and was able to tape the interview.
The interview that the Wilder Home sells, has fiddle music, played on Pa's fiddle, and the CD is called, "Laura Speaks". It was the only KNOWN recording, until I had mine checked out, now there are two recordings. The recording I have DOES NOT have fiddle music, and the first 6-8 words didn't get pulled off because the tape was broken (see pic 4) about 95% of the interview is on the tape, I have. Also the company that pulled the interview off of the tape, baked the tape to preserve it for several more years. On the tape I have, it is almost 12 minutes long, about 6 minutes is of the interview with Ms. Wilder, the other 6 minutes is of Nava, talking to a child in the library.
Nava, last spring , told me that she interviewed Ms. Wilder, and it was on a reel to reel tape player in her back room. The player does not work, but I found a company that pulled the recording off of the tape. It is an interview about dolls that was sent to Ms. Wilder, from California, (the dolls are of Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura, Almanzo, Carrie, Grace, and their bull dog Jack. These dolls are on display at the Wilder Library in Mansfield, MO). Please, feel free to ask questions. Also, I am selling the rights for you to make and sell copies of the CD, if you want. I have had a couple of calls wanting just a copy of the CD, so there is people interested in the recording. Thanks for looking.