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Guide to the Hugh Anderson Collection, 1921-1959
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Hugh Anderson Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1921-1959
    Origination: Anderson, Hugh Harris, 1912-1999
    Extent: 11 boxes
    Repository: Pasadena Museum of History
    Pasadena, California 91103-3594
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to the public for research. Use is restricted by rules intended to protect and preserve the materials in good condition for the future. For additional information please contact the Pasadena Museum of History.

    Publication Rights

    Use of the materials is governed by all applicable copyright law. The Pasadena Museum of History reserves the right to restrict any materials from reproduction at any time. Property rights reside with the Pasadena Museum of History. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. The Museum's physical ownership of the materials in its collection does not imply ownership of copyright. It is the user's responibility to reslove any copyright issues related to the use and distribution of reproduced materials. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Pasadena Museum of History.

    Preferred Citation

    Suggested citation of these records: [Identification of item], Hugh Anderson Collection, Research Library and Archives, Pasadena Museum of History.


    Hugh H. Anderson was born in Pasadena on September 12, 1912. He graduated from Pasadena High School in 1929. He received an AB in Social Science and Economics from Stanford University in 1934.
    During World War II Anderson fought for the rights of relocated Japanese-Americans and helped secure the release of Esther Takei, the first Japanese-American to return to California from a relocation camp. Facing protests by some area residents, the Anderson family housed Ms. Takei upon her return to California where she attended Pasadena Junior College.
    In 1954, Anderson took over the presidency of the Model Grocery Company from his father, Hugh S. Anderson. A longtime fixture in Pasadena, the Model Grocery Company opened its doors in 1893. Anderson ran the company until it closed in 1958.

    Scope and Content

    Besides personal correspondence and materials, the Hugh Anderson Collection (1921-1959) includes newspaper clippings, correspondence and materials regarding the World War II evacuation of Japanese-Americans to relocation centers and correspondence with wartime government and military officials. The collection includes correspondence and newspaper clippings about Esther Takei, the first Japanese-American readmitted to California from a relocation center in 1944, and the controversy surrounding her return to Pasadena.
    The collection also includes information and correspondence regarding Anderson's involvement in the Guayule Rubber Project in the 1940s and materials and correspondence relating to the Model Grocery Company of Pasadena, California.