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Betty Anderson Papers

Identifier: MsC0554

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Scope and Contents

The Betty Baxter Anderson collection contains correspondence with her publisher, Thomas Nelson & Sons, and with the SUI Library. Drafts and publisher's copies of the 'The Secret of the Old Books' manuscript are included as well as the book jacket and the press proof of the title page. Newspaper clippings and Mrs. Anderson's obituary are also included.


  • Creation: 1952


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Mrs. Betty Baxter Anderson (1908 -- 1966) was born in Cornell, Iowa and later moved to Iowa City where she graduated from Iowa City High School. Mrs. Anderson graduated of the University of Iowa and also earned a Master of Arts from the University of San Diego College for Women. Mrs. Anderson authored twenty books for teen aged readers including "Powder Monkey," "Alabama Raiders," and "The Secret of the Old Books." Mrs. Anderson lived in La Jolla, California with her husband, Dr. Ernest W. Anderson, and two children, Anthony and Kay, until her death on June 17, 1966.


0.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Young adult fiction writer, journalist. Contains correspondence, manuscript, newspaper clippings, and obituary.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Betty Baxter Anderson in the 1950s.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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