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.
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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
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.”
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 Collection
Restrictions on Access :
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
Restrictions on Use :
Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permission for use.
Preferred Citation :
Carla Emery papers, MG 419. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho
Library, Moscow, Idaho.
Series I: Correspondence; Series II: School of Country Living; Series III:
Publications, Manuscripts, Film, and Audio tapes; Series IV: Personal/Legal
Acquisition Information :
Carla Emery donated her papers to the University of Idaho Library between 1988 and
Processing Note :
Marilyn Sandmeyer processed the papers in March 2007.