Overview of the Collection
Scope and Content
Overview of the Collection
Title: Roy A. Anderson Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1909-1995
Collection Number: mssAnderson papers
Anderson, Roy A.
Extent: 10 boxes.
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Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Lockheed chairman Roy A. Anderson (1920-1982), documenting his career and life and
the early history of
Lockheed Corporation from the early 1900s into the 1990s. The collection is especially rich in photographic prints of early
Lockheed aircraft, employees, and customers.
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[Identification of item]. Roy A. Anderson Papers, The Huntington Library, San
Gift of Betty B. Anderson, June 23, 2011.
Roy Arnold Anderson (1920-1982) 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 & 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 Canada, California, at the age of 82.
Scope and Content
This collection (10 boxes) document the career and life of
Roy 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:
Series 1: Lockheed Corporation. Dates: 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.
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
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
Series 2: Personal. Dates: 1951, 1954, 1957-1958, 1960, 1973, 1975, 1978-1979, 1984, 1986-1988,
The Personal series consists of ephemera and clippings related to awards, speeches, and memberships. Biographical information
Arranged in the following two series: Series 1: Lockheed Corporation, and Series 2:
Anderson, Roy A., --
Corporation -- History.
Lockheed Missiles and
Aerospace Industries -- United
Aircraft accidents -- United
Aircraft industry -- United
Aircraft industry -- United States --
History -- 20th century.
Burbank (Los Angeles
California -- History
-- 20th century.