John Q. Anderson Papers, 1953-1980 | East Texas Research Center

By Jean White, 1987

Collection Overview

Title: John Q. Anderson Papers, 1953-1980Add to your cart.

ID: A/128

Primary Creator: Anderson, John Q. (b. 1916)

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1985

Subjects: Anderson, John Q. -- Written works, Books -- Reviews, Educators -- Texas, Folklorists -- Texas, Historians -- Texas

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains offprints and photocopies of articles and essays by John Q. Anderson arranged in the categories of American literature, folklore, southern history, and education. Biographical information on Anderson dates from 1953 to 1980. Sixteen book reviews written by Anderson are included. There is also a bibliography of the publications of John Q. Anderson.

Collection Historical Note

John Quincy Anderson, Texas folklorist, author, and professor, was born on May 30, 1916, in Wheeler, Texas, to Albert Slayton and Emily (Grant) Anderson. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he received his B.A. degree in 1939. He was in the United States Army from 1940 until 1946 and was decorated with the French Médaille de la Reconnaissance. He earned a master's degree from Louisiana State University in 1948 and completed his Ph.D. in 1952 at the University of North Carolina. Anderson began teaching at McNeese State College as an assistant professor in 1952. He then taught in the English department at Texas A&M University from 1953 to 1966. He chaired the department from 1962 to 1966. He taught in the University of Houston American literature department from 1966 until his death, when he was professor emeritus.

Anderson was a member of the Modern Language Association and the South Central Modern Language Association. From 1963 to 1964 he was president, and from 1964 to 1967 he was on the executive council of the American Studies Association. He was an editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in the 1970s. He was also a member of the Western American Literature Association and in 1955–56 the American Literature Association of Texas. He was also active in the Texas Folklore Society.

He wrote many books, including Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone (1955), A Texas Surgeon in the C.S.A. (1957), Louisiana Swamp Doctor: The Life and Writings of Henry Clay Lewis (1962), Tales of Frontier Texas (1966), Campaigning with Parsons' Texas Cavalry Brigade, C.S.A. (1967), John C. Duval: First Texas Man of Letters (1967), Texas Folk Medicine (1970), and The Liberating Gods: Emerson on Poets and Poetry (1971). Anderson married Marie Loraine Epps; they had no children. He died on February 19, 1975, in Houston.

(Melanie Watkins, "ANDERSON, JOHN QUINCY,"Handbook of Texas Online , accessed October 31, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.)

Subject/Index Terms

Anderson, John Q. -- Written works
Books -- Reviews
Educators -- Texas
Folklorists -- Texas
Historians -- Texas

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Acquisition Method: Gift


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Folder 1: Biographic Information Including: Vita, Awards, Publications, Professional and Community Activities, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Biographic Information, 1953-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "John Q. Anderson, 1916-1975," from SOUTHWESTERN AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Index to Bound Publications of John Q. Anderson, Spring, 1953-December 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Book Reviews by John Q. Anderson, 1953-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "'Academic Excellence' is Not Enough," a Lecture for Honors Day, April 28, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 7: American Literature: "Emerson and the Language of the Folk," reprint from FOLK TRAVELERS, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 8: American Literature: "Fanny Elssler and Ralph Waldo Emerson," from DANCE MAGAZINE, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Literature: "Emerson and California," reprint from CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American Literature: "Emerson and 'Manifest Destiny,"' reprint from BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY QUARTERLY, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 11: American Literature: "Emerson and the Ballad of George Nidever-- 'Staring Down' a Grizzly Bear," reprint from WESTERN FOLKLORE, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Folder 12: American Literature: "Emerson's 'Horses of Thought,"' EMERSON SOCIETY QUARTERLY, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 13: American Literature: "Some Factual Sources for Creative Writing," from THE ARROWHEAD, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 14: American Literature: "Emerson and Prince Achille Murat," reprint from BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY QUARTERLY, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 15: American Literature: "Emerson on Texas and the Mexican War," reprint from THE WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 16: American Literature: "Emerson and the Moral Sentiment," reprint from EMERSON SOCIETY QUARTERLY, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 17: American Literature: "Notes on Mollie E. Moore Davis," LOUISIANA STUDIES, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 18: American Literature: "Lowell's 'The Washers of the Shroud' and the Celtic Legend of the Washer of the Ford," reprint from AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 19: American Literature: "Historical Fiction and Drama," from MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY NEWS, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 20: American Literature: "The Funeral Procession in Dickinson's Poetry," reprint from THE EMERSON SOCIETY QUARTERLY, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 21: American Literature: "Emerson's 'Young American' as Democratic Nobleman," from AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTAL QUARTERLY, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 22: American Literature: "Emerson's 'Eternal Pan' -- The Recreation of a Myth," from CHARACTERISTICS OF EMERSON, TRANSCENDENTAL POET, A SYMPOSIUM, 1974Add to your cart.

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