The typescript memoir entitled
Pioneering, in Quitman, Georgia, consists of the recollection of Annie Elizabeth Miller's childhood years in Quitman, during the Reconstruction era. The author describes the typical diet of the average town citizen, the effects of the Civil War on local food supply, and social activities such as square dancing. In addition Miller describes clothing and dress styles of the period for women.
She describes the typical school day of the average Quitman child and comments on subjects taught, school lunches, and recess recreation activities such as baseball and stickfrog. In addition, the memoir includes a detailed account of the physical plan and furnishing of the school building.
The scrapbook contains health-related newspaper clippings (1860-1865), consisting of advertisements for new health cures and medicines to fight such diseases as cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, jaundice, apoplexy, and kidney disease.