This hardcover book is bound in cardboard covered with brown synthetic material with gold lettering. On the cover, within a gold edged border is text that reads "THE HOME-/STEADER /Oscar/ Micheaux." The spine has gold text that reads at top "THE /HOME-STEADER /MICHEAUX." At bottom, under two gold lines are the words "Western/ Book Supply/ Company." Inside, it has an inscribed frontispiece that reads "Myalle A. Williams/ April-1-1918- WJ Williams."
A black-and-white cabinet card photograph of a woman and man in formal dress standing next to a chair. The woman is wearing a dark colored skirt, top and dark fingerless gloves. Her left hand is resting on the chair back. The man is wearing a dark colored suit with a light colored shirt and bowtie. His left hand is resting on the chair back. Text printed on the card below the photograph says “Schmitz” and “Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.” There are no inscriptions.
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Donated by Don L. Durrah and D. Simone Durrah Logan in memory of Hattie J. Durr Whiddon Graham (1873-1950); Christopher Columbus Wayman Whiddon (1894-1973); Lina Irene
Handwritten letter to Arthur J. "Bud" Schmidt and his wife June Schmidt from her sister, Carol Ann Parssinen and her husband Terry Parssinen. The letter was written by Carol Parssinen. The four-page letter is written in blue ink on ruled paper. The pages are stapled together in the top left corner. The content of the letter deals with the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. particularly Bud Schmidt's participation in the memorial march in Memphis and the reactions of the community of Grinnell College in Iowa.