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Laura Sutterfield Diaries

 Collection — Box: MISC-14, Folder: MSS-0138.1-2
Identifier: MSS-0138

Content Description

The collection consists of three diaries that belonged to housewife Laura Sutterfield of Sikeston, Missouri. In the three hardback volumes, Laura described the daily lives of herself and her family: husband Jeff, son Rodney, and daughter Ruth through the years 1938, 1945, and 1946. From the tail end of the Great Depression to the final stages of World War II and the beginning of peacetime, Laura documents the weather, daily plans, weekly church attendance, and personal reflections.

Events preserved include deaths of family, friends, and public figures; Jeff’s absences for work; updates on the War and Rodney’s return home from military service, and Ruth’s high school graduation. Over a span of nine years, the three volumes collectively depict the evolution of an individual’s personality through her writing. Descriptions for the individual diaries are available by clicking on each diary entry on the right or below.

Sutterfield also references world events of the time including England preparing to defend Hong Kong, the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hitler’s death, American prisoners liberated in the Philippines, the invasion of Iwo Jima, and the dropping of the atomic bombs by the U.S. on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She mentions well-known figures of WWII including President Franklin Roosevelt, General George S. Patton, General Douglas MacArthur, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Benito Mussolini.

Further description is available by clicking on each diary.


  • 1938
  • 1945
  • 1946


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

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0.2 Cubic Feet (2 folders) : 3 diaries

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Custodial History

Purchased on ebay from seller patintexas1 on 1/10/2019.

Laura Sutterfield Diaries
Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger, Dave DeYarman (intern, 2022)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States