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Collection Number: 04924

Collection Title: Herschel V. Anderson Papers (#4924) 1956-2000

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Size About 100 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Herschel V. Anderson, a native of North Carolina and later South Dakota state librarian and director of the Mesa Public Library in Arizona, served as a cryptographer and then cryptographic security clerk, 93rd Signal Battalion, 7th United States Army, outside Stuttgart, Germany, January 1956-July 1957. The collection contains letters, postcards, and scrapbooks of Vince Anderson during his cryptography service with the United States Army in Germany, 1956-1957. Letters to his parents in Raleigh, N.C., describe daily life in the Army, his fellow soldiers, and his explorations of Germany and beyond. They tell of his travels in the Black Forest; to Heidelburg and other parts of Germany; to and around Lake Constance; into Switzerland and Liechtenstein; to Copenhagen, Denmark; to Sweden; to Brussels, Belgium; and to London, Cambridge, Ely, and York, England. The scrapbooks contain picture postcards and written descriptions of places that Anderson visited in Europe. The addition of September 2000 contains typed transcriptions of memoirs by Mary Octavia Kemper Anderson (1871-1960) and her son, Paul Kemper Anderson (1898-1987).
Creator Anderson, Herschel V. (Herschel Vincent).
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Herschel V. Anderson of Mesa, Ariz., in April 1998 (Acc. 98075) and September 2000 (Acc. 98740).
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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14 March 1932 Born in Charlotte, N.C., in the old St. Peter's Hospital to Lillian Johnson and Paul Kemper Anderson
1947 Moved to Raleigh, N.C.
1950 Graduated from Needham Broughton High School, Raleigh, N.C.
1954 B.A., Political Science, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
1954-1955 Pre-professional librarian, Brooklyn, N.Y., Public Library
1955-1957 Cryptographer and then cryptographic security clerk, 93rd Signal Battalion, 7th United States Army, outside Stuttgart, Germany
1957-1959 Pre-professional Librarian, Brooklyn, N.Y., Public Library
1959 M.S. in L.S., Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
1959-1962 Bookmobile librarian, King County Public Library, Seattle, Wash.
1962-1963 Assistant librarian, Longview Public Library, Longview, Wash.
1963-1964 Assistant librarian, then librarian, North Carolina Museum of Art
1964-1968 Audio visual and then general consultant, North Carolina State Library
1968-1970 Director, Sandhill Regional Library
1970-1972 Associate state librarian then acting state librarian and archivist, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tenn.
1972-1973 Reference unit director, Colorado State Library, Denver, Colo.
1973-1980 State librarian, South Dakota State Library, Pierre, S.Dak.
1980- Library director, Mesa Public Library, Mesa, Ariz.
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This collection contains letters, postcards, and scrapbooks of Herschel V. Anderson (Vince Anderson) during his cryptography service with the 93rd Signal Battalion of the United States Army in Germany, 1956-1957. Letters to his parents in Raleigh, N.C., describe military life, his fellow soldiers, and his explorations of Germany and beyond. They tell of his travels in the Black Forest; to Heidelburg and other parts of Germany; to and around Lake Constance; into Switzerland and Liechtenstein; to Copenhagen, Denmark; to Sweden; to Brussels, Belgium; and to London, Cambridge, Ely, and York, England. The scrapbooks contain picture postcards and written descriptions of places that Anderson visited in Europe.

The addition of September 2000 contains typed transcriptions of memoirs by Mary Octavia Kemper Anderson (1871-1960) and her son, Paul Kemper Anderson (1898-1987).

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Letters and Postcards, 1956-1957.

Abotu 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters and postcards from Herschel V. Anderson in the United States Army in Germany to his parents in Raleigh, N.C. Also included are some blank picture postcards from places Anderson visited. Anderson was stationed in Boblingen, a suburb of Stuttgart. His letters to his parents describe daily life in the Army, his fellow soldiers, and his explorations of Germany and beyond. They tell of his travels in the Black Forest, to Heidelburg, and other parts of Germany; to and around Lake Constance, into Switzerland and Liechtenstein; to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Sweden; to Brussels, Belgium, and to London, Cambridge, Ely, and York in England.

Folder 1

January-June 1956 #04924, Series: "1. Letters and Postcards, 1956-1957." Folder 1

Folder 2

July-September 1956 #04924, Series: "1. Letters and Postcards, 1956-1957." Folder 2

Folder 3

October-December 1956 #04924, Series: "1. Letters and Postcards, 1956-1957." Folder 3

Folder 4

January-March 1957 #04924, Series: "1. Letters and Postcards, 1956-1957." Folder 4

Folder 5

April-July 1957 #04924, Series: "1. Letters and Postcards, 1956-1957." Folder 5

Folder 6

Undated letters and postcards #04924, Series: "1. Letters and Postcards, 1956-1957." Folder 6

Folder 7

Blank picture postcards #04924, Series: "1. Letters and Postcards, 1956-1957." Folder 7

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8 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Scrapbooks kept by Vince Anderson while he was serving in the United States Army stationed in Germany in 1956-1957. The scrapbooks document his travel, mostly through picture postcards, with handwritten captions. Occasionally, Anderson wrote longer descriptions of places he had seen or people he had met. Anderson sometimes used German place names and spellings and sometimes English. Some of his descriptions are lengthy; other are minimal.

V-4924/S-1: 25 January 1956-5 June 1956. Anderson discusses his travels within Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany, and anticipates going outside the district. #04924, Series: " 2. Scrapbooks, 1956-1957." Folder 7

V-4924/S-2: 6 September 1956-25 November 1956. An 11-page typed letter mounted in the beginning of the scrapbook describes Anderson's travel from Boblingen through Copenhagen to Bornholm. The remainder of the trip and the sights he saw in Denmark and Sweden are illustrated by picture postcards and Anderson's annotations. #04924, Series: " 2. Scrapbooks, 1956-1957." Folder 7

V-4924/S-3: December 1956. Scrapbook of a trip from Stuttgart through Heidelburg; Cologne; Brussels; and England, including London, Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, and York. There are no annotations in this scrapbook. There are many picture postcards from Brussels and London, postcards of Ely Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral, and a few maps. #04924, Series: " 2. Scrapbooks, 1956-1957." Folder 7

V-4924/S-4: 5 February 1957. Scrapbook with pictures and many annotations, describing travels in the around Stuttgart. #04924, Series: " 2. Scrapbooks, 1956-1957." Folder 7

V-4924/S-5: January-March 1957. Scrapbook with pictures from travel in Germany, including Kirnbach in the Black Forest, Weil der Staat, Vaihingen an Enz, Kloster Maulbronn, Wurzburg, Bamberg, and Nuremberg, including many churches and monasteries with notes on architectural styles and details. #04924, Series: " 2. Scrapbooks, 1956-1957." Folder 7

V-4924/S-6: April 1957. Maps and pictures illustrating short trips in Germany by foot or bicycle and longer trips by car and train. #04924, Series: " 2. Scrapbooks, 1956-1957." Folder 7

V-4924/S-7: May 1957. Scrapbook about trips in Germany, including one to Alsace, the Schwarzwald, and the Upper Danube Valley and another to the Bavarian Alps. #04924, Series: " 2. Scrapbooks, 1956-1957." Folder 7

V-4924/S-8: June 1957. Scrapbook about travel through Bodensee-Constance, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. #04924, Series: " 2. Scrapbooks, 1956-1957." Folder 7

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Items separated include oversize volumes (V-4924/S-1-8) and a picture (P-4924).

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Processing Information

Processed by: Linda Sellars, 2000-2001

Encoded by: Linda Sellars

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