Guide to the Ida Louise Anderson Papers 1921-1970
Cage 52

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Anderson, Ida Louise
Ida Louise Anderson Papers
Cage 52
Date [inclusive]
1.0 container.
General Physical Description note
1 linear feet of shelf space.
Notes, clippings and scrapbooks on dramatic and literary topics, many prepared for classroom use. Also an autographed pamphlet from former student E.R. Murrow and copies of the Anderson memorial booklet (1942).

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 52, Ida Louise Anderson Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Ida Louise Anderson was born in Morganton, Tennessee, on 6 November 1900. At three years of age she and her parents moved to Colfax, Washington. Five years later, she returned to Tennessee with her family for a visit. While there, she became gravely ill. Doctors diagnosed her condition as infantile paralysis or polio. During the next several years, Anderson underwent medical and physical therapy in attempt to lessen the disease's effects. Nevertheless, Anderson was physically handicapped, with a severe curvature of the spine. In 1924, Anderson received an undergraduate degree in speech from the State College of Washington. She spent a summer in Alaska before returning to Pullman to begin a sixteen-year teaching career at WSC in the school's Department of Speech. Anderson took advanced speech work at the Boston School of Expression and at the University of California during two summers. She also studied a year at Northwestern University. Her teaching career ended in 1939, when the lingering effects of polio forced her to retire. Shortly, Anderson moved to Oregon to be nearer her sister. She died there on 16 September 1941. Anderson was buried in Colfax, Washington.

Ida Lou Anderson was one of the State College's most respected instructors with a powerful mind and character that reached well beyond the classroom. She pioneered the field of radio broadcasting. One of Anderson's earliest and most impressive students was Edward R. Murrow, a European news correspondent during World War II and a journalist and executive for the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) through the early 1960s.

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Scope and Contents note

The Ida Louise Anderson Papers are comprised of several types of items. Correspondence includes letters between Anderson and WSC president Ernest O. Holland and WSC vice-president Herbert Kimbrough concerning her resignation and retirement, and letters concerning plans for a memorial publication commemorating Anderson's life. Other material includes scrapbooks and large-size single leaves on which Anderson typed favorite passages from literary works. Also included are handwritten lists of books that Anderson had read during the 1920s, along with favorite quotations from several of them. Finally, the collection includes several copies of Ida Lou Anderson: A Memorial, a small volume published by the State College of Washington c.1942. It includes tributes to Anderson from WSC president E. O. Holland, Edward R. Murrow, Maynard Daggy, and other friends and relatives.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1994
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Washington State University Libraries acquired the Ida Louise Anderson Papers in piecemeal fashion from the 1940s through 1970.

Processing Information note

They were arranged as manuscript collection Cage 52. In March 1994, the papers were reprocessed.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Anderson, Ida Louise--Archives
  • Murrow, Edward R.


  • Literature
  • Speech--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)--Pullman
  • Washington (State)

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General note

Ida Louise Anderson, 1900-1941

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Collection Inventory


Ida Lou Anderson: A Memorial, copy 1 1942 


Ida Lou Anderson: A Memorial, copy 2 1942 


Ida Lou Anderson: A Memorial, copy 3 1942 


Correspondence, Incoming and Outgoing 1940-1941   13


Correspondence, re: Ida Lou Anderson's death 1941-1942   8


Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1963-1970   4


Booklet "Emergency Committee in aid of Displaced German Scholars" 1934 


Ida Lou Anderson, from memorial book 1942   1.0 item. Photograph


Radio Memorial to Ida Lou Anderson, draft, republished in memorial book. 1941   8


Scrapbook A   50


Scrapbook B   20


Miscellaneous notes on drama, literature, culture ca. 1920-1950   150


Lists of books read during the 1920s and quotes from some entries; theater program; mounted literary clippings from magazines [oversize folder].   15