Manuscript Collections - William B. Anderson Papers

March 13, 2020

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WILLIAM B. ANDERSON PAPERS, 1874-1977 (bulk 1947-1965)
7 linear feet (16 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

The William B. Anderson Papers document the activities of the president-emeritus of the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation.  In this capacity, Anderson was instrumental in organizing the restoration of the birthplace and the establishment of the surrounding park, as well as the birthday celebrations for Herbert Hoover that were held in West Branch.  Anderson became a friend of Hoover and played a role in the decision to establish Hoover’s Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. The William B. Anderson Papers were donated to the Hoover Presidential Library in 1978.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

January 20, 1896           Born, rural West Branch, Iowa

1902‑1914                      Attended West Branch schools

1915                               Attended Cedar Rapids Business College

1916                               Opened Hardware & Furniture Store

1917‑1919                      World War I, Philippines

October 14, 1920           Married Dorothy Bailey

1921                               Attended Hobenshuh‑Carpenter College of Mortuary Science

1922                               Added Funeral Home to Hardware & Furniture Store

1928                               Attended Republican National Convention

1929                               Member, Hoover Birthplace Committee

April 18, 1939                 Vice‑President, Herbert Hoover Birthday Society

March, 1948                   President, Herbert Hoover Birthday Society

1954‑1957                      Vice Chairman, Herbert Hoover Foundation, Inc.

October 23, 1958           President, Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation

1964                               President‑emeritus, Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation

October 5, 1974             Died

Note:  Served as Mayor of West Branch for 6 years, dates unknown. Served as Republican Cedar County Chairman for 8 years, dates unknown.

The William B. Anderson Papers are arranged in two series: Correspondence and Subject Files.  The Correspondence is in chronological order, and the Subject Files are in alphabetical order.  Frank Nye used these papers in writing his book, Doors of Opportunity: The Life and Legacy of Herbert Hoover.  Inclusive dates for the collection are 1874 to 1977, although the bulk of the collection dates from 1947-1965.

FOLDER LIST

CORRESPONDENCE

BOX    CONTENTS
1          Correspondence, 1925-July 1948 (9 folders)

2          Correspondence, Aug 1948-1953 (11 folders)
                                               
3          Correspondence, Jan-Aug 19, 1954 (9 folders)
                                               
4          Correspondence, Aug 11, 1954-1956 (10 folders)
                                               
5          Correspondence, 1957-Oct 1958 (10 folders)
                                      
6          Correspondence, Nov 1958-Feb 1960 (10 folders)
           
7          Correspondence, Mar 1960-June 1961 (9 folders)
                                               
8          Correspondence, July 1961-July 9, 1962 (9 folders)
                                               
9          Correspondence, July 10-Aug 10, 1962 (7 folders)
                                               
10        Correspondence, Aug 8, 1962-Apr 1965 (9 folders)
                                               
11        Correspondence, May 1965-1974 and undated (11 folders)
                                               
SUBJECT FILES

12        Addresses and Speeches
                     A ‑ Z, 1928 ‑ 1966
                     Anderson, William B., 1930‑1973 (3 folders)
                     Anderson, William B. – Fragments, undated
                     Anderson, William B. – Speech Material, undated
                     Hoover, Herbert, 1925‑1962
            Anderson, William B.
                     Oral History, Oct 5, 1966
                     Personal, 1928‑1974 and undated
            Blueprints and Drawings, 1937‑1953

13        Blueprints and Drawings, 1954‑1965
            Clippings, 1925-1953 (8 folders)

14        Clippings, 1954-1964 (7 folders)

15        Clippings, 1965‑1974
            Deed and Abstracts of Title, 1848-1966 (2 folders)
            Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation, 1954-1972 (2 folders)
            Herbert Hoover Birthplace Society, 1939‑1960
            Herbert Hoover Library Association, Inc., 1973
            Memorabilia
            Old Friends Cemetery, West Branch, Iowa
            Photographs
            Poems
            Printed Material, 1874-1956 (2 folders)

16        Printed Material, 1957-1977 and undated (6 folders)
                     Citizens Foreign Aid Committee, 1963 ‑ 1965
                     Citizens Foreign Aid Committee, 1966 ‑ 1969
                     Greater Iowa Development Corporation, 1962‑1965
                     Weather Observations, August 10, 1874