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Collection Number: 03387

Collection Title: Edwin Alexander Anderson Papers, 1878-1939

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)
Abstract Edwin Alexander Anderson (1860-1933) of Wilmington, N.C., was an officer in the United States Navy. The collection contains the personal correspondence and official naval papers of Edwin Alexander Anderson. The personal correspondence consists of letters written to his mother and to his wife, Mertie Lorain Anderson. Letters to Anderson's mother, 1883-1887, include detailed descriptions of the cities and residents of the ports Anderson visited, as well as his life and duties in the navy. The letters to Mertie Lorain Anderson, 1888-1927, are primarily personal, but also include descriptions of Anderson's duties, his experiences during the Spanish-American War, and their respective family genealogies. There are no items dated 1903-1911, and little material regarding World War 1. Official papers include letters about Anderson's assignments, orders, recommendations, travel permits, and commendations. Also included are reports, military writings, call records and logs of Anderson while commander of the Asiatic Fleet, and documents relieving Anderson of active duty with the Navy in 1924.
Creator Anderson, Edwin Alexander, 1860-1933.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Edwin Alexander Anderson Papers, #3387, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. Lorain Anderson of Wilmington, N.C., 1958.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Edwin Alexander Anderson (1860-1933) of Wilmington, N.C., was an officer in the United States Navy. Serving from 1882-1924, Anderson retired a rear admiral, and his career included active duty during the Spanish-American War and World War 1, as well as command of the Asiatic fleet, 1922-1923.

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The collection contains the personal correspondence and official naval papers of Edwin Alexander Anderson (1860-1933). The personal correspondence consists of letters written to his mother and to his wife, Mertie Lorain Anderson. Letters to Anderson's mother, 1883-1887, include detailed descriptions of the cities and residents of the ports Anderson visited, as well as his life and duties in the navy. The letters to Mertie Lorain Anderson, 1888-1927, are primarily personal, but also include descriptions of Anderson's duties, his experiences during the Spanish-American War, and their respective family genealogies. There are no items dated 1903-1911, and little material regarding World War 1. Official papers include letters about Anderson's assignments, orders, recommendations, travel permits, and commendations. Also included are reports, military writings, call records and logs of Anderson while commander of the Asiatic Fleet, and documents relieving Anderson of active duty with the Navy in 1924.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Anderson's personal correspondence chiefly consists of letters written to his mother and to his wife, Mertie Lorain Anderson. Letters to his mother, 1883-1887, include detailed descriptions of the cities and residents of the ports Anderson visited, as well as his life and duties in the navy. The letters to Mertie Lorain Anderson, 1888-1924, are primarily personal, but also include descriptions of his duties, his experiences during the Spanish-American War, and their respective family genealogies. There are no items dated 1903-1911, and little material regarding World War 1.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1882-1885 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

January-July 1886 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

August-December 1886 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1887 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1888 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1890-1897 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

March-April 1898 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

May 1898 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

June 1898 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

July 1898 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

August-September 1898 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

October 1898 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

November-December 1898 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1899-July 1901 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

July-August 1901 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

October 1901 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

November-December 1901 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

January-March 1902 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

April-December 1902 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

January-February 1903 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

March 1903 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

April-June 1903 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

July-October 1903 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1911-1927 #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Undated and fragments of personal letters #03387, Series: "1. Personal Correspondence, 1882-1927 and undated." Folder 25

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Official papers include letters about Anderson's assignments, orders, recommendations, travel permits, and commendations. Also included are reports, military writings, call records and logs of Anderson while commander of the Asiatic Fleet, and documents relieving Anderson of active duty with the Navy in 1924.

Folder 26a

1878-1888 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 26a

Folder 26b

1889-1891 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 26b

Folder 27

1892-1894 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 27

Folder 28

1895 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 28

Folder 29

March-August 1896 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 29

Folder 30

November-December 1896 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 30

Folder 31

1897 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 31

Folder 32

1898 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 32

Folder 33

January-April 1899 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 33

Folder 34

May-December 1899 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 34

Folder 35

1900 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 35

Folder 36

1901 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 36

Folder 37

1902 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 37

Folder 38

March-May 1903 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 38

Folder 39

June 1903 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 39

Folder 40

July-December 1903 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 40

Folder 41

1904 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 41

Folder 42

1905-1906 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 42

Folder 43

1907 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 43

Folder 44

1908 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 44

Folder 45

1909 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 45

Folder 46

1910 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 46

Folder 47

February-May 1911 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 47

Folder 48

June-December 1911 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 48

Folder 49

1912-1913 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 49

Folder 50

1914-1915 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 50

Folder 51

1916 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 51

Folder 52

January-March 1917 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 52

Folder 53

April-December 1917 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 53

Folder 54

1918 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 54

Folder 55

1919 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 55

Folder 56

1920 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 56

Folder 57

1921 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 57

Folder 58

1922 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 58

Folder 59

March 1923 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 59

Folder 60

April-August 1923 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 60

Folder 61

September 1923 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 61

Folder 62

October 1923 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 62

Folder 63

November-December 1923 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 63

Folder 64

1924 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 64

Folder 65

1924 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 65

Folder 66

1925 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 66

Folder 67

1927-1932 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 67

Folder 68

1938-1939 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 68

Folder 69

Red Cross Society of Japan certificate, 31 March 1924 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 69

Certificate of recognition issued to E. A. Anderson, "in recognition of his sympathy with the work of the Society." Certificate is in Japanese; folder contains an English translation.

Oversize Paper OP-3387/1

Oversize certificate issued by the Red Cross Society of Japan #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." OP-3387/1

Folder 70

Volume 1: "Call Record of Admiral E. A. Anderson, U.S.N., Commander in Chief, United States Asiatic Fleet," 1922 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 70

Folder 71

"Log of Admiral E. A. Anderson, U.S.N., Commander in Chief, United States Asiatic Fleet," 28 August 1922-10 October 1923 #03387, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1878-1939." Folder 71

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, September 2010; Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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