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William R. Anderson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MPA-0132
This collection consists primarily of the political records of William Robert Anderson, a U.S. Congressman (1964-1972) from the Sixth District of Tennessee. Materials from his unsuccessful bid for re-election in 1972 are included. The collection also contains a considerable amount of material from Anderson's service on the Jimmy Carter Presidential campaign (1976) and various personal records from the 1970s and 1980s. Anderson's personal campaign materials (1962-1972) are included in the first series in the collection, as are materials relating to Carter's Presidential campaign, on which Anderson served in the Maritime Advisory Group to Carter. Materials relating to the Maritime Advisory Group are included in both Series I: Sub-series G and Series II: Sub-series C. Series II contains material relating to Vietnam, research and legislation on energy resources, maritime issues, constituent services and issues in Tennessee and news releases and newsletters from Anderson's time in Congress. There is a considerable amount of passionate correspondence from citizens all over the country concerning Anderson's position on defending two anti-war Catholic priests, Daniel and Philip Berrigan in Sub-series A of Series II.

Series III contains Anderson's speeches, voting records, yearly planners and portions of the Congressional Record, most of which contain remarks by Anderson. Series IV contains a wide assortment of Anderson's personal records pertaining to his father's estate and Anderson's personal business endeavors, notably the Digital Management Corporation for which Anderson worked as an executive. Personal correspondence is included in this series. Series V contains 3 folders of photographs and one folder of negatives. Some correspondence is included in one folder, as indicated by the folder title. Most of the photographs are from Anderson's campaigns or relate to his naval service. Series VI contains a variety of pamphlets, journals, and books relating mainly to government and politics or the military. Bound volumes of government documents are also included in the form of the Congressional Records and Congressional Hearings and Reports.

Dates

  • 1941-1989 (bulk 1964-1977)

Conditions Governing Access

The Modern Political Archives are housed at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Researchers interested in consulting the MPA collections are advised to contact the Modern Political Archives

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Modern Political Archives .

Extent

13 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Abstract

This collection consists primarily of the political records of William Robert Anderson, a U.S. Congressman (1964-1972) from the Sixth District of Tennessee. Materials from his unsuccessful bid for re-election in 1972 are included. The collection also contains a considerable amount of material from Anderson's service on the Jimmy Carter Presidential campaign (1976) and various personal records from the 1970s and 1980s.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Robert Anderson, a career naval officer and four-term United States Congressman (Democrat), was born in Bakerville, Tennessee on June 17, 1921. He graduated from Columbia Military Academy in 1939. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1942 from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service form 1942 until 1962. From 1957 until 1959, he commanded the USS Nautilus, the first atomic powered submarine. Under his command the USS Nautilus traveled underneath the polar ice cap at the geographic North Pole and Anderson gained considerable fame. He subsequently published Nautilus 90 North (1959), First Under the North Pole (1959), and The Useful Atom, (1966). He co-authored two books, Atomic Submarines (1961, 1968) and The Atomic Submarine and Polaris (1961) with James Baar and William E. Howard. p>For his feats and federal service, Anderson received several honors and awards including a Decorated Bronze Star for his service in submarine combat controls. He also was the recipient of the Stephen Decatur prize from the Navy League of the United States, a Distinguished Service award from New York City, the Christopher Columbus International Communications award from Genoa, Italy, the Elisha Kent Kane medal from the Geographic Society of Philadelphia in 1959, the Patron's Medal from the Royal Geographic Society in 1959, an honorary Doctor of Science from Defiance College, a Leadership award from the Freedoms Foundation in 1960 and the Lowell Thomas award of The Explorers Club in 1997.

Arrangement

Collection consists of 13 boxes, and is divided into seven series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Campaigns, 1961-1977
  2. Series II: Political Issues, Activities and Legislation, 1959-1978
  3. Series III: Administrative Files, 1964-1976
  4. Series IV: Personal Records, 1941, 1958-1989
  5. Series V: Photographs, 1958-1975
  6. Series VI: Publications and Ephemera, 1958-1978
  7. Series VII: Oversized Materials

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.2684.

Separated Materials

Bound copies of congressional documents were removed from the collection. They include: The Congressional Record (Volume 118); Hearings Before the House Committee on Science and Astronautics; Legislative Reports, Laws, and Documents of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, 1965-1966; Committee Prints, Reports and Staff Studies of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, 1966; United States Statutes at Large, Volume 83, 1969.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480