The collection consists of the personal photographs of Betty Lee (Stevenson) Stanger, who was born in 1920 and raised in Carbondale, Illinois. The scrapbooks, loose photographs, mementos and newspaper clippings detail her family, life in Jackson County in the 1920s-1940s, major life events including the Great Tornado of 1925 which affected Murphysboro, DeSoto and West Frankfort. One of the scrapbooks has old pictures from the Brush school in Carbondale. Also included are old class photographs from an elementary school in Murphysboro. Stanger kept all her Carbondale yearbooks from the time she was in high school until she graduated from Southern Illinois Normal University in 1942 with a teaching degree. The yearbooks are autographed and annotated by her friends.
Stanger and her husband Eugene settled in Peoria, Illinois, where they worked in the public schools. The couple spent a lot of time travelling. Three albums of postcards are sprinkled with vacation itineraries from exotic places. Stanger's appearance changed dramatically through the 36 years she worked as an educator. Annual photos of her with her students provide an interesting time lapse.
Clippings document the lives of her sister, Mary Evelyn (Marnie), her brother-in-law, Lynn Culley, her father, Jim A. Stevenson and her father's mother, Margaret Stevenson, who moved to Murphysboro from Scotland.