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Mervyn Anderson papers

Call Number: RH MS 1091


These papers of Lawrence, Kansas resident Mervyn Anderson document her active involvement in various service organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Friends in Council of Lawrence, and the University Women's Club of the University of Kansas. Included are clippings and records of her presidency of the Lawrence League of Women Voters and her personal recollections of challenges faced in seeking League support during its early years.


  • Creation: 1956 - 1987


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Biography of Mervyn Anderson

Mervyn Anderson was born Nov. 16, 1899, in Creston, Iowa to Caleb Demuth and Daisy Vickers Agnew. She was married to Laurel Anderson from 1924 to 1972. They moved to Lawrence in 1927, where she studied and taught harp. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, serving as Kansas state president from 1957 to 1959 and as president of the Lawrence League of Women Voters from 1941-1943 and from 1956-1957. She was also a member of Lawrence's Friends in Council, Lawrence's Health Advisory Council, and the University Women's Club, helping to organize its volunteer program for the University's Watkins Memorial Hospital. She died on March 14, 1996 at Lawrence, survived by her son Whitfield Anderson and daughter Claudia Anderson Lewey.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1091

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Claudia Anderson Lewey, 1996

Guide to the Mervyn Anderson Collection
Mervyn Anderson papers
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Anderson, Mervyn, 1899-1996, Papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1091, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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