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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Preston Louis Anderson Alamo Purchase Papers, 1923-1938

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Preston Louis Anderson Alamo Purchase Papers, 1923-1938



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Anderson, Preston Louis, 1889-1952
Title: Preston Louis Anderson Alamo Purchase Papers
Dates: 1923-1938
Creator Abstract: Preston Louis Anderson (1889-1952) represented Bexar County in the Texas State Legislature between 1926 and 1941 and served as San Antonio's Fire and Police Commissioner between 1941 and 1947.
Content Abstract: The collection contains correspondence, drafts of legislation, plats, and photographs associated with efforts by the State of Texas to purchase land surrounding the Alamo.
Identification: Col 2670
Extent: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Preston Louis Anderson was born in Greenville, Texas, on 1889 November 20 to Louis M. and Arabella Jane Barnett Anderson. In 1908, he moved to San Antonio and worked as a linotype operator for the San Antonio Light newspaper; he remained in the printing trade for many subsequent years and later worked for the San Antonio Express.

A Democrat, Anderson was elected to represent the 78th district, encompassing San Antonio, in the Texas House of Representatives in 1926. As a legislator, he sponsored a bill to purchase land adjacent to the Alamo for the State of Texas. With the exception of the 1935-1937 term, Anderson served in the legislature until he was elected to be San Antonio's Fire and Police Commissioner in 1941. During his first year as Commissioner, Anderson was involved in the police department’s efforts to shut down San Antonio's red light district, undertaken to protect soldiers stationed in the city. Anderson retired from politics in 1947 upon losing his bid for re-election as the Fire and Police Commissioner.

In 1945, the Republic of Mexico presented Anderson with the Decoration of the Order of the Aztec Eagle for his work promoting understanding and friendship between citizens of Mexico and the United States, specifically in the area of cooperation between police agencies in the two countries. For his efforts combating prostitution and venereal disease, especially among American troops, Anderson became an honorary life member of the American Social Hygiene Association and received a Civilian Commendation from the U.S. War Department.

Preston Louis Anderson married Rosalie Crawford (1889-1961); the couple had one child, Rosemary (1911-2005). Anderson died in San Antonio on 1952 October 18.

References

Preston Louis Anderson biographical file. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, drafts of legislation, plats, and photographs associated with efforts by the State of Texas to purchase land surrounding the Alamo. Much of the correspondence involves State Representative Anderson and San Antonio City Attorney Joseph Ryan and concerns the progress of the proposed purchase between 1926 and 1929. Draft versions of legislation appointing a purchase board and appropriating funds for the project are also included, along with amendments, descriptions of one of the bills, and other related items. Photographs of the Alamo were used in promoting the effort, and plats show property ownership around the Alamo.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Anderson, Preston Louis, 1889-1952.
Ryan, Joseph, 1867-1937.
Subjects
Bills, Legislative--Texas.
Legislators--Texas.
Locations
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Professional papers.
State government records.
Correspondence.
Legislative records.
Plats (maps).
Photographs.

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Related Material

Preston Louis Anderson Papers, 1938-1947, Doc 4978, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Bexar County (Tex.): County Judge Certificate of Election for Preston Louis Anderson, 1928 November 6, Doc 6337-071, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

P. L. Anderson Scrapbook, 1941, San Antonio Public Library.

Preston Louis Anderson Napoleonic Collection, MS 281, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Records pertaining to Anderson's terms in the Texas House of Representatives may be contained in collections at the Texas State Archives. Records pertaining to his time as San Antonio Police and Fire Commissioner can be found at the city's Municipal Archives. Both repositories have submitted finding aids to Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Preston Louis Anderson Alamo Purchase Papers, 1923-1938, Col 2670, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Rosemary Anderson Son, 1985 August.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1998 August.

Finding aid edited by Shannon Keith, 2009 December.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 October.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Preston Louis Anderson Alamo Purchase Papers, 1923-1938

Box Folder
1 Correspondence, 1926-1932
1 1926
2 1927
3 1928
4 1929
5 1932
Legislative material, circa 1927-1930
6 Concurrent resolution: acquisition of Alamo property, possibly 1927
7 House Bill: commission to purchase Alamo property, circa 1929
8 Bill: commission to purchase Alamo property [2 copies], circa 1929
9 Senate Bill 213: amendments, circa 1929
10 Anderson Bill: description [draft], circa 1929
11 Anderson Bill: description, circa 1929
12 Proclamation: Gov. Dan Moody, veto of appropriation, Senate Bill 9, 1929
13 Roll call: Texas House of Representatives, 41st legislature, 1929
14 Agenda: committee hearing, circa 1929
15 House Bill 98: purchase of Alamo property, 1930
16 Statement: Rudolph Kleberg on Alamo purchase, 1923
Plats, undated
17 Alamo and vicinity, sketch showing property ownership, undated
18 City Block 115, Alamo and vicinity, attached tax records, undated
19 City Block 115, Alamo and vicinity.
20 Photographs: Alamo
21 Invitation: dedication of Alamo Museum and Park, 1938

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