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Guide to the Anderson Family Papers, 1859-1929
Special Collections M0111  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Anderson Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1859-1929
    Collection number: Special Collections M0111
    Creator: Anderson family.
    Extent: 3 linear ft. (ca. 250 items).
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Mrs. Robert Van Vleck Anderson, 1965.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Anderson Family Papers, M0111, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Content

    This collection is an addition to M0051, the original gift of Mrs. Robert Van Vleck Anderson. These papers are closely related to the first collection and contain many letters by Melville Best Anderson, as well as drafts of letters by Dr. Anderson, a category found in limited numbers in the first collection. There are also photographs, pamphlets, and manuscripts of writings.
    Containers 4-6 house the sermons of Edward Coffin Anderson, who was the father of Melville Best Anderson.

    Biographical Note

    Family of Scottish-English origins which came to the United States in the middle of the nineteenth century. The family settled on the East Coast, later moving West; the Andersons contributed to society in the fields of theology, education and literature. Melville Best Anderson was an author, translator and teacher whose particular interest was the work of Dante. From 1891-1910, he taught in the English Department at Stanford University, serving as first chairman of the department.