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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 Papers, 1938-1947

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Preston Louis Anderson Papers, 1938-1947



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Anderson, Preston Louis, 1889-1952
Title: Preston Louis Anderson Papers
Dates: 1938-1947
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 includes invitations, programs, a letter, and reports associated with personal and professional activities.
Identification: Doc 4978
Extent: 10 items (9 folders)
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, an effort 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 includes invitations, programs, a letter, and reports associated with personal and professional activities. Included are programs and reports concerning the presentation of the Order of the Aztec Eagle to Anderson by the Mexican government. A letter from the Provost Marshal in San Antonio praises Anderson's work as Police and Fire Commissioner.

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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.
Organizations
Order of the Aztec Eagle.
San Antonio (Tex.). Police and Fire Commissioner.
San Jacinto Museum of History.
Subjects
Awards--Mexico.
Fiesta San Antonio (San Antonio, Tex.). Pilgrimage to the Alamo.
Locations
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--Rites and ceremonies.
Houston (Tex.)
Port Arthur (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Printed ephemera.

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Related Material

Preston Louis Anderson Alamo Purchase Papers, 1923-1938, Col 2670, 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 Papers, 1938-1947, Doc 4978, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the San Antonio Conservation Society, 1987 December.

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 Papers, 1938-1947

Invitations, 1938-1945
Folder
1 Port Arthur-Orange Bridge dedication, 1938
Folder
2 San Jacinto Museum of History dedication, 1939
Folder
3 Pilgrimage to the Alamo, 1942
Folder
4 Pilgrimage to the Alamo, 1943
Folder
5 Pilgrimage to the Alamo, 1945
Programs, 1945
Folder
6 Order of the Aztec Eagle presentation to Preston L. Anderson, 1945
Folder
7 Order of the Aztec Eagle presentation to Preston L. Anderson, souvenir program, 1945
Folder
8 Reports: officer’s reports, Aztec Eagle presentation to Preston L. Anderson, 1945
Folder
9 Letter: Harry W. Roberson to P. L. Anderson, 1947 March 24

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