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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ada Anderson Oral History Collection, 1992, 1996



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Anderson, Ada.
Title: Ada Anderson Oral History Collection
Dates: 1992, 1996
Abstract: Ada Anderson, born in 1921 in Tarrant County, Texas, was the first African American to enroll in the University of Texas Graduate School of Library Science. In 1965 she received a graduate degree in educational psychology from the University of Texas. She was a founding member of the Austin Lyric Opera, and in 1989 initiated the creation of the Leadership Enrichment Arts Program to offer low-income and minority youth a chance to experience the performing and visual arts. Collection includes oral history interviews of Anderson on audiocassettes.
Accession No.: AR 92-421; 98-281
Extent: 4 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Ada Collins Anderson was born Ada Collins in Tarrant County, Texas in 1921. She attended Anderson High School in Austin and received her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Tillotson College in 1941. In 1943 she met Marcellus J. (“Andy”) Anderson, a graduate of Ohio State University who was then teaching at Samuel Huston College in Austin. They married and she lived with him at his army posting in New Jersey during the Second World War. In 1953 Ada Anderson helped found the Austin chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a social and recreational civic organization for youth, in which she held administrative posts for many years. Seeking a graduate degree, she was the first African American to enroll in the University of Texas Graduate School of Library Science. In 1965 she received a graduate degree in educational psychology from the University of Texas. She worked as a teacher and psychometrist in Austin, assisted the Austin Community College Board and the University of Texas, and served on the board of the Laguna Gloria Art Museum for fifteen years. She was a founding member of the Austin Lyric Opera, and in 1989 initiated the creation of the Leadership Enrichment Arts Program to offer low-income and minority youth a chance to experience the performing and visual arts. Ada Anderson has received numerous civic awards and testimonials, including election to the Texas Black Women’s Hall of Fame, the leadership award from the Austin Chamber of Commerce Business Committee on the Arts, and a commemorative resolution adopted by the Texas House of Representatives in 2005.

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Scope and Contents

Collection includes both master and listener copies of two oral history interviews of Ada Anderson, both conducted by Sheree Scarborough in 1992, and of one oral history interview of Marcellus J. “Andy” Anderson, Sr., conducted by John Wheat, 1996. Related material can be found in the Anderson (Ada Collins and Marcellus J. “Andy”) papers, 1924-2001, also at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

Use Restrictions

Portions of this collection are restricted for preservation purposes. Consult archivist.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Anderson, Ada Collins.
Anderson, Marcellus J. “Andy”, Sr.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ada Anderson Oral History Collection, 1992, 1996, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R159 Oral history interview of Ada Anderson and Irene Snyder conducted by Sheree Scarborough, June 7, 1992:
Index to transcript
Transcript
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2X44 Audiocassettes:
Listener copies
Compact Disks - copies of audiocassettes
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2X80c Master copies - RESTRICTED - FOR PRESERVATION PURPOSES
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2R159 Oral history interview of Ada Anderson conducted by Sheree Scarborough, July 7, 9, 13, 14, 22, August 25, 26, 1992:
Abstract
Index to transcript
Transcript
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2X44 Audiocassettes:
Listener copies
Compact Disks - copies of audiocassettes
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2X80c Master copies - RESTRICTED - FOR PRESERVATION PURPOSES
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2R159 Oral history interview of Marcellus J. “Andy” Anderson, Sr., conducted by John Wheat, June 4, 10, 1996:
Abstract
Transcript
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2X44 Audiocassettes:
Listener copies
Compact Disks - copies of audiocassettes
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2X80c Master copies - RESTRICTED - FOR PRESERVATION PURPOSES

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