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Pioneer Girl: Laura’s Unpublished Memoirs

Update 8-19-2011: It appears the text of “Pioneer Girl” has been removed from the paper mentioned below.

A reader here (thank you, Angela!) pointed out to me an online source now available for reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s unpublished memoirs, “Pioneer Girl”. I have often quoted from this memoir on this site, and have also had many queries as to where and how to get a copy. There are two archives in Missouri which have the manuscript but, as I understand it, are unable to publish it due to copyright ownership disputes. My copy came by way of one of these archives.

The online source you may all access and read is part of a Ph.D. thesis titled, Woman Writes Herself: Exploring Identity Construction in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl,” by Nichole Mancino. Laura’s manuscript is included starting on page 215 in Appendix A. Ms. Mancino reproduces the manuscript in her thesis with permission and I ask all of you to respect the copyright: Read and enjoy but do not reproduce it either on the web or in other forms without permission.

The paper can be found at: OhioLINK ETD Center

Little House Lawsuit Settled

Who owns “Little House on the Prairie”?

Little House on the Prairie store
Little House on the Prairie store
January 25, 2011 The Associated Press reported a settlement had been reached between Friendly Family Productions, owners of the television series “Little House on the Prairie”, and the non-profit museum in Independence, Kansas which owns and operates the site of the Little House described in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book, “Little House on the Prairie”.

The owners of the television series claimed ownership of the name “Little House on the Prairie” in a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in 2008. The lawsuit wanted the museum to change its trademark, website and store names. Friendly Family Productions said it had no issue with the museum using the words “little house on the prairie” to describe the site or the museum, because that descriptive use does not infringe on their trademark. They, however, objected to the use applied to merchandise for sale in the store and on the website, as well as having the name “Little House on the Prairie” used on merchandise, in what they consider an unlicensed use of the name.

The Little House on the Prairie, Inc., is a non-profit organization operated by Bill Kurtis and Jean Schodorf. Kurtis told the Montgomery County Chronicle, ““The Little House site and museum will continue with minimal change.”

A settlement was reached January 24, 2011 in New York, but its contents were not disclosed. The agreement reached will not become final until signed by all parties in early February.

Though neither party is allowed to discuss the specifics of the agreement, it should be noted the website of the Kansas museum is no longer available.