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Guide to the Anderson Family Papers, 1809-1933
Special Collections M0243  
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  • Biographical Note
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Anderson Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1809-1933
    Collection number: Special Collections M0243
    Creator: Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933.
    Extent: 2.5 linear ft. (500 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, 1973.

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    [Identification of item] Anderson Family Papers, M0243, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    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.

    Scope and Contents

    The Anderson Family Papers is a collection of the papers of Melville Best Anderson. Most of the material is related to Anderson's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. The material consists of: 1) correspondence to and from Anderson, 2) typescripts and manuscripts of poems, 3) miscellaneous typescripts and manuscripts re: Dante's Divine Comedy, 4) newsclippings, magazine articles and books and 5) other miscellaneous items.