WILLIAM B. ANDERSON PAPERS, 1874-1977 (bulk 1947-1965)
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.
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.
2 Correspondence, Aug 1948-1953 (11 folders)
12 Addresses and Speeches
13 Blueprints and Drawings, 1954‑1965
14 Clippings, 1954-1964 (7 folders)
15 Clippings, 1965‑1974
16 Printed Material, 1957-1977 and undated (6 folders)