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Arthur L. Anderson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 9/11/57

Scope and Content

This collection (1921-1970, undated) contains a biographical file, copies of Introductory Animal Husbandry by Anderson including handwritten revisions, and a manuscript of Introductory Animal Husbandry Printer's copy of the third edition. The Arthur Anderson Papers also include many miscellaneous clippings, programs, Livestock Association Minutes, information on controversy about purebred versus hybrid hogs, and recommendations for requests from Alumni Achievement Fund.


  • 1921-1970, undated (bulk 1951-1959)

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Open for research.

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Arthur Laurence Anderson was born to Christian and Helga Marie Anderson on November 5, 1893, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anderson graduated with a B.S. (1916) in animal husbandry from the University of Minnesota. He taught at the high school level in Fergus Falls, Minnesota (1916-1918) and at the college level at the University of Minnesota (1918-1919). Anderson was appointed Assistant Professor (1920-1922) of Animal Husbandry at Iowa State College (University) while earning his M.S. (1922) in animal husbandry from the school. He was promoted to Associate Professor (1922-1946) and Professor (1946-1970). Among his many duties as researcher and educator, Anderson was also served as Production Manager (1947-1951) of the Ankeny swine production farm.

Anderson was an expert on livestock production and swine judging. He judged swine for many years at the National Swine Show, and served as judge at the American Royal, the International Livestock Exposition, and at numerous state fairs around the Midwest. He was the author of four textbooks on livestock production, including Introductory Animal Husbandry (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1943) and Swine Enterprises (Chicago: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1931).

During Anderson's career he was the recipient of a number of significant awards. He received the Faculty Citation (1961) from the Iowa State University Alumni Association, the Distinguished Teacher Award (1962) from the American Society of Animal Science, and an Outstanding Achievement (1965) from the University of Minnesota. He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1956) and of the American Society of Animal Science (1962). He was also appointed to serve on the United States Operation Mission sponsored by the University of Minnesota as an Advisor in Agriculture (1959) with the Seoul National University in Sewan, South Korea.

Anderson severed as a Lieutenant in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War I and as a Nutrition Officer, ranking as a Major, in the Medical Corps during World War II.

Arthur Anderson married Muriel M. Hall of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, in 1917. They had three daughters and a son. Anderson died on March 8th, 1970.


2.52 Linear Feet (6 document boxes)

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Arthur Laurence Anderson was a Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University from 1920 until 1970. Anderson was an expert on livestock production and swine judging. This collection includes biographical information, correspondence, and manuscript revisions for his textbook Introductory Animal Husbandry.

Items in related collections

RS 9/11. Iowa State University. Department of Animal Science records, 1902-2014

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 9/11/57. Arthur L. Anderson papers, 1921-1970, undated (bulk 1951-1959)
January 22, 2019
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Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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