Esther Ruth Scott, 1895-? [RG1305.AM]


RG1305.AM:  Esther Ruth Scott, 1895-?

Papers:  ca. 1870-1953
Valparaiso, Saunders County, Nebraska:  Educator
Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


Esther Ruth Scott was born to John and Lucinda Scott in Valparaiso, Saunders County, Nebraska in 1895. After graduating from Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska, Esther Scott became a teacher in rural schools. For several years she alternated teaching and going back to school until she received an MS in Business Education from Teacher’s College of Columbia University. Until her retirement in 1960, Miss Scott taught in both high schools and colleges from Berkeley, California to Hobart, Indiana. Although she retired from teaching in American schools in 1960, from 1961 to 1963 Esther Scott taught in a private secondary school in Nigeria. Upon her return to the U.S., she helped Nigerian students come to America to continue their education. She then left for Okinawa, Japan, where she taught for about a year. She then retired to Lincoln, Nebraska.


This collection consists of one box of manuscript material arranged in seven series: (1) Correspondence; (2) School Papers; (3) School Records and Certificates; (4) Legal Documents; (5) Programs; (6) Photographs; and (7) Miscellany.

This collection relates primarily to the school records and teaching careers of Esther R. Scott and her sister, Lillie M. Reeder. Series 1 consists of Correspondence, 1886-1911 and 1943-1953 received by Esther R. Scott and Lillie M. Reeder. Esther R. Scott received letters from former students who were serving in the U.S. military, 1943-1953. Correspondence received by Lillie M. Reeder, 1886-1911 includes letters from friends, letters of recommendation for her, and a series of letters written by a friend who was serving in the U.S. Army in Manila during the Spanish-American War.

The school papers of Series 2 consist of compositions and lesson plans written by Esther Scott or Lillie M. Reeder. Series 3 is comprised of school records and certificates awarded to Esther Scott or Lillie M. Reeder. These include report cards and teacher’s certifications. Some graduation diplomas can be found in oversize. The legal documents of Series 4 consist primarily of warranty deeds and guardianship records, ca. 1870-1900.

Series 5 contains programs for commencements, musical and theatrical shows, and various teachers meetings. The photographs in Series 6 were taken of friends of Esther Scott or Lillie M. Reeder. Most of the people are identified. Note: The photographs have been transferred to the photo component of the collection [RG1305.PH]. The miscellany of Series 7 includes an 1891 diary, probably kept by Lillie M. Reeder; a University of Nebraska Student’s Handbook, 1922-1923; several ledgers; and a marriage certificate for John Scott and Lucinda Lucas, parents of Esther Scott and Lillie M. Reeder.


Series 1 – Correspondence

Box 1

  1. Letters received by Esther R. Scott, 1943-1953, from former students
  2. Letters received by Lillie M. Reeder, 1886-1897, from friends
  3. Letters received by Lillie M. Reeder, 1898-1911, from friends, as letters of recommendation and about Spanish-American War

Series 2 – School Papers

  1. Compositions and Lesson plans written by Esther R. Scott
  2. Composition book owned by Lillie M. Reeder

Series 3 – School Records and Certificates

  1. Esther R. Scott
  2. Lillie M. Reeder
  3. Diplomas (see OB001)

Series 4 – Legal Documents

  1. Warranty deeds, guardianship papers, ca. 1870-1900

Series 5 – Programs

  1. Commencements, shows, teacher’s meetings

Series 6 – Photographs

Friends of Esther R. Scott and Lillie M. Reeder. (most identified) – Transferred to photo component [RG1305.PH]

Series 7 – Miscellany

  1. Diary, 1891, probably kept by Lillie M. Reeder; University of Nebraska Student’s Handbook, 1922-1923; Ledgers
  2. Marriage certificate of John Scott and Lucinda Lucas, parents of Esther R. Scott and Lillie M. Reeder (see OB001)

Subject headings:

Educators — Nebraska
Reeder, Lillie M.
Scott, Esther Ruth, 1895-?
Spanish-American War, 1898

AIF/pjm                04-27-1979
Revised TMM      05-04-2007

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

Marker Monday: The Savidge Brothers, Aviation Pioneers

Marker Monday: The Savidge Brothers, Aviation Pioneers

No Father’s Day for Nebraska in 1915

No Father’s Day for Nebraska in 1915

Sewing the Flag

Sewing the Flag

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

History Nebraska Education

Learn more about the educational programs provided at our museums, sites, and online.

History Nebraska Programs

Learn more about the programs associated with History Nebraska.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Listen to our Podcast

Listen to the articles and authors published in the Nebraska History Magazine with our new Nebraska History Podcast!

Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.