A Guide to the Ross W. Anderson Papers, 1912-1957
Ross William Anderson was born in Nebraska on 1888 November 2 to parents Ralph and Mary Ellen Young Anderson. He served in World War I, was a newspaper editor, and completed or nearly completed the manuscript for a book entitled Flags O'er Texas. Anderson died in San Antonio on 1957 July 15. His wife, Martha Wells Anderson, joined the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in 1937.
Manuscripts, notes, printed material, and correspondence related to research on the historic flags of Texas form the Ross W. Anderson Papers. The bulk of the collection consists of the manuscript of an unpublished book, Flags O’er Texas, arranged by Anderson into files corresponding to the chapters of the work. These files also contain associated source material, including notes on file cards, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other published sources. For some chapters, particularly those coming later in the book, only the source material is present; the manuscript is either missing or had not been completed.
The chapter titles and other information on the files provided by the author have been retained; these sometimes vary with titles on the manuscripts themselves or in the table of contents. Two files were labeled Chapter XI; this designation has been retained for both.
The book is a chronological review of Texas history and the flags associated with the nations and individuals involved in various historical periods. The research is particularly detailed on the French flag, flags of the Mexican period, and those of the Texas Revolution.
The remainder of the papers consists of correspondence, file cards containing bibliographic data and other source information, some transcripts of letters and documents, clippings, and editorial notes for an unrelated work.
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[Identification of item], Ross W. Anderson Papers, 1912-1957, Col 871, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Gift of Lillian R. Allamon, 1967 August.
Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 June.
Finding aid edited by Shannon Keith, 2009 December.
Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 October.
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