Roy A. Anderson Papers, 1909-1995

Finding aid prepared by Brook Engebretson and Emily Wittenberg.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Roy A. Anderson Papers
Dates: 1909-1995
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator: Anderson, Roy A.
Extent: 10 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administration Information


Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following .

Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albert R. Hibbs Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

The collection was a gift from Betty B. Anderson, Roy’s wife, delivered to The Huntington Library on 23 June 2011.


Roy Arnold Anderson (1920-2003) was born on 15 December 1920 in Ripon, California. He was one of six children born to Carl Gustav Anderson and Esther Marie Johnson, Swedish immigrants. Anderson enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and worked in the Naval Intelligence Division in San Francisco. A certified public accountant, Anderson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1947 and Master of Business Administration in 1949 from Stanford University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was called back into service during the Korean War and served in the Naval Cost Inspection Service, assigned to Westinghouse Electric as a resident cost inspector, where he also worked following the war as an accounting manager.
Anderson joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (LSMC) in 1956 as a staff accountant and advanced to Assistant Director of Financial Operations and Director of Financial and Management Controls at LMSC’s Space Systems Division. He left briefly between 1960 and 1961 to serve as the finance division manager at Ampex Instrumentation Products Company, but returned to the Lockheed-Georgia Company, of which he became Director of Finance in 1965. In 1967 Anderson was appointed the C-5 Deputy Program Manager. He was named Treasurer of Lockheed Corporation in 1968 and was elected Vice President and Controller in 1969, Senior Vice President-Finance in 1971, and Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer in 1975. He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Corporation in September 1977, when political and financial scandals threatened the company’s future. Lockheed’s profits and reputation grew steadily during his tenure; he retired in December 1985 and continued to serve on the Board of Directors until 1990 and as a consultant to the corporation into the 1990s.
Anderson was awarded numerous industry and civic honors. The California Manufacturers Association named him Manufacturer of the Year in 1984 and the same year the National Security Industrial Association selected him to receive the James Forrestal Memorial Award for his leadership in the promotion of understanding and cooperation between industry and government. In 1985 the Los Angeles Council of America Boy Scouts presented him with the Good Scout Award and Polytechnic Institute of New York awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, and in 1986 Pepperdine University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
His volunteer activities included chairmanships of the Greater Los Angeles United Way, Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and Salvation Army. He was also an active alumnus of Stanford University, serving as co-chair of the centennial campaign from 1985 to 1992 and as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1990.
He was a member of both the National Association of Cost Accountants (NACA) and the National Association of Accountants (N.A.A.), and was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc. (AIA).
He married Betty Boehme on 10 June 1948; they had four children, sons Ross and James, and daughters Karyn Anderson and Debra White. He died on 18 October 2003 at his home in La Cañada at the age of 82.

Scope and Content

The Roy A. Anderson Papers, 1909-1995 (10 boxes) document the career and life of Anderson during the second half of the twentieth century, and the early history of Lockheed Corporation from the early 1900s into the 1990s. The collection is divided into two series, Lockheed Corporation and Personal, with the bulk of materials concentrated in the Lockheed Corporation series. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs, correspondence, clippings, and ephemera. The collection is especially rich in photographic prints of early Lockheed aircraft, employees, and customers. The collection is small; as such, it does not document the detailed activities of the Lockheed Corporation.
The collection consists of the following series, described in detail within this document:
Series 1: Lockheed Corporation, 1909, 1911-1913, 1918, 1927-1931, 1933-1935, 1938-1939, 1942-1944, 1946-1947, 1951, 1953, 1957, 1960-1961, 1963, 1967-1983, 1985, 1987-1990, ca. 1991, 1993, 1995, n.d.
Series 2: Personal, 1951, 1954, 1957-1958, 1960, 1973, 1975, 1978-1979, 1984, 1986-1988, 1990, 1992


A detailed container list is available through the Manuscripts Department.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Anderson, Roy A.

Corporate Names

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation--History
Lockheed Corporation
Lockheed-Georgia Company
Lockheed Martin
Lockhhed Missiles and Space Company

Standford University


Aerospace Industries--United States
Aircraft accidents--United States
Aircraft industry--United States
Aircraft industry--United States--History--20th century

Geographic Areas

Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calf.)
California--Hisotry--20th century


Letters (correspondence)
Photographic prints



Series 1: Lockheed Corporation 1909, 1911-1913, 1918, 1927-1931, 1933-1935, 1938-1939, 1942-1944, 1946-1947, 1951, 1953, 1957, 1960-1961, 1963, 1967-1983, 1985, 1987-1990, ca. 1991, 1993, 1995, n.d.

Physical Description: 9 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by format or subject, the series consists of annual reports, clippings, correspondence, employee handbooks and newsletters, oral histories, photographs, and ephemera that document significant events in Anderson’s career and the Lockheed Corporation.
The Correspondence subseries is arranged chronologically, with congratulatory correspondence related to Anderson’s promotions organized separately. The chronological correspondence was originally labeled “personal” as it is often related to Anderson’s fundraising work, personal finances, or friendly exchanges between past and present colleagues, however it also contains Lockheed correspondence and memoranda, most of which was distributed departmentally or company-wide.
The Photographs subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject and contains prints of early Lockheed aircraft, employees, and customers; many have been previously published.
Employee newsletters, Lockheed Star and Lockheed-Vega Star, dated during World War II are located in the series, as are oral histories of C. Hadden, V. Christan, and Willis Hawkins on VHS by Roy Blay, and documentation of Cyril Chappellet’s stock ownership.

Series 2: Personal 1951, 1954, 1957-1958, 1960, 1973, 1975, 1978-1979, 1984, 1986-1988, 1990, 1992

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

The Personal Series consists of ephemera and clippings related to awards, speeches, and memberships. Biographical information also included.