Edna Anderson Collection of Poems and Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Edna Anderson Collection of Poems and Papers
Dates: 1900-1972
Collection Number: 2016.001
Creator/Collector: Edna Anderson Los Angeles City College
Extent: 10.08 linear ft.
Repository: California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California 90032-8300
Abstract: Edna Anderson began her teaching career after high school in 1911. Anderson taught at country schools in Montana from 1911-1914, saving her salary to attend college. During this time there was no government aid. Nevertheless, Anderson worked hard and attended The University of California, Berkeley. In 1918, Anderson graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree, and an Honors in English. In 1922, she received her Master of Arts in English. After graduation Anderson taught high school in Washington, California, and Hawaii. In 1929, she became a charter member of the Los Angeles City College faculty and an Associate Professor of English. Anderson was loved by both her students and colleagues. Due to her devotion to public education her students went on to become professional teachers, writers, dramatists, and script writers. Anderson remained with Los Angeles City College until her retirement in 1960. After retirement Anderson focused on her writing. However, her love for writing began as a young girl growing up in Helena, Montana. In high school she wrote for her school paper The Nugget, and in college she served on the Occident Magazine staff. During retirement Anderson focused her attention to her love of Nature. She wrote poems depicting the beauty of Nature and sent them to her family, friends, former students, and associates, always signed, “With love, E.A.” Edna Anderson passed away January 9, 1972.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Edna Anderson Collection of Poems and Papers. California State University, Los Angeles

Scope and Content of Collection

The materials in this collection were created from 1926-1972. The bulk of the collection consists of the writings and publications of Edna Anderson. The writings and publications consist of poetry, short stories, and a novel. Included in this collection are the correspondences between Edna Anderson and her family and friends. Also included within the collection are biographical documents and newspaper clippings that pertain to Edna Anderson’s education and interests. The materials in this collection also included photographs, and an interview with Edna Anderson.

Indexing Terms

Short stories

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