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Carla Emery papers, 1957-2000
- Emery, Carla
- Carla Emery papers
- 1957-2000 (inclusive)19572000
- 4.0 cubic feet
- Collection Number
- MG 419
- Carla Emery was a believer in self-sufficiency and the “back to the land” philosophy. Her papers include correspondence, manuscripts, videocassettes, various editions of her book Old Fashioned Recipe Book, and class schedules of the School of Country Living, which she opened in Kendrick, Idaho in 1976.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
- Access Restrictions
The manuscript group is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.
- This collection is in English.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Carla (Carlotta Louise Harshbarger) Emery was born on January 19, 1939 in Los Angeles and died in Odessa, Texas, on October 11, 2005. Her family moved to a farm in Montana while she was still an infant. Carla became a firm believer in self-sufficiency and the “back to the land” philosophy. Throughout her life, she tried to live by a creed of organic gardening and old style homesteading skills.
In 1970, she began distributing segments of herself-published book, An Old Fashioned Recipe Book, which went through several editions throughout the 1970s. Her notoriety took her on the road where she distributed copies of her book and was featured on “Good Morning America,” "The Mike Douglas Show,” and “The Tonight Show.” Bantam Books eventually published her book in 1977, then in its 7th edition.
Carla Emery opened the “School for Country Living” with her first husband Mike on property purchased in Kendrick, Idaho in 1976. Within a two-year period, the school became victim of a devastating flood, washing out the property and most of the outbuildings. Her first marriage ended in divorce in 1985. Carla married Donald DeLong in 2000 and moved to Arizona. She remained active in spite of health concerns and toured the country speaking about gardening, raising livestock, and environmental issues. She continued to write profusely, producing manuscripts, publishing articles and another book in 1998, Secret, Don’t Tell: The Encyclopedia of Hypnotism.
On her webpage, Carla wrote down how she would like to be remembered: “She was responsible. She loved a job. She loved being a wife, a mother, and a writer. She worked hard and did her best.”
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The records of Carla Emery span the years 1957 to 2000, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1971 to 1993.
Included in the records are correspondence, manuscripts, videocassettes, various editions of her Old Fashioned Recipe Book, and School of Country Living class schedules.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permission for use.
Carla Emery papers, MG 419. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Series I: Correspondence; Series II: School of Country Living; Series III: Publications, Manuscripts, Film, and Audio tapes; Series IV: Personal/Legal
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I: CorrespondenceReturn to Top
Biographical histories, 2005-2006
Family, friends, publishers, 1982, 1988, 1990
Series II: School of Country LivingReturn to Top
Form letters, class schedules, projects, 1976-1977
Old Fashioned Recipe Book – index, form letters, ordering information, 1971-1974
Series III: Publications, Manuscripts, Film and AudiotapesReturn to Top
Old Fashioned Recipe Book, 1971
Old Fashioned Recipe Book, 1974
Old Fashioned Recipe Book, 1976
Old Fashioned Recipe Book, 1981
Old Fashioned Recipe Book, 1993
Old Fashioned Recipe Book, draft of 5th edition index, undated
Old Fashioned Recipe Book, additional chapters, 1971
Bantam Books contract, correspondence, and schedules, 1974-1987
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Part 1 (video cassette), undated
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Part 2 (video cassette), undated
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Master (video cassette), undated
Carla Emery masters of video cassettes(2), 1994
Manuscript for “The Right One,” undated
Manuscript for “In the End there’s a Beginning,” 1990
Manuscript for “A Woman’s Life,” 1990
Manuscript for “Journey I: The Lady In the Tower," undated
Manuscript for “Part I: The Lady In the Tower,” 1992
Manuscript for “Darker Than You Think,” 1980-1989
Manuscript for “The Address of Pi(e?),” 1989
Manuscript for “Darker Than You Think” (folder 1), 1991
Manuscript for “Darker Than You Think” (folder 2), 1991
“A Writer: The 3-in-1 Being,” undated
Handwritten journals, undated
List of manuscripts/journals by Emery, undated
Articles and publications, 1989, 1991, 1993
Micro cassettes (5), undated
Audiotape “Pit Battle,” undated
Photocopy of “Antisocial or Criminal Acts and Hypnosis” by Paul Reitter, 1958
Photocopy of “Hypnotism and Crime” by Dr. Heinz Hammerschlag, 1957
Photocopy of “Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control” by John Marks, 1979
Photocopy of “Operation Mind Control” by Walter Bowart, 1978
Photocopy of “The Control of Candy Jones” by Donald Bain, 1976
Manuscript for “Darker Than You Think,” 1991
Psychology class papers, undated
Hypnotherapy office and letters of support, 1990
Charles Tebbetts Hypnotism Training Institute, Inc., 1990
Cassette tape sets: “How To Prepare for the Year 2000,” 1998
Cassette tape sets: “The Writing Workshop,” undated
Cassette tape: ”The Stories of My Life,” undated
Cassette tape: “Trends In the Nation’s Food Supply,” undated
Cassette tape: “How To Grow the Greatest Garden of Your Life,” undated
Video cassette: “Trends In the Nation’s Food Supply,” undated
Video cassette: ”The Stories of My Life,” undated
Video cassette: “How To Grow the Greatest Garden of Your Life,” undated
Video cassette: “Master Writing Workshop,” undated
Video cassette: “Therapy Aspects of Criminal Hypnosis,” undated
Compact videos (7), 2000
Book: Secret, Don’t Tell: The Encyclopedia of Hypnotism (2 copies), 1998
Series IV: Personal/LegalReturn to Top
Family tree, will, drawings, negatives, and transcripts, 1956-1992
Newsclippings, legal papers, and conference material, 1987-1993
Copies of photographs and prints, undated
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Home economics.
- School for Country Living.