J. B. Anderson papers and photographs
This collection consists of papers and photographs from J. (Joseph) B. Anderson and his wife Pearl, long-time residents of Topeka, Kansas. J. B. Anderson was a popular photographer in that city from the 1940s through the 1970s.
- 1926, 1944, 1946, 1948-1955, 1959-1968, 1972-1973, 1975-1980, 1982-1999, 2001-2002
- Anderson, J. B. (Joseph B.) (Compiler, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of J. B. Anderson
J. B. Anderson was born in Nacogodoches, Texas and moved to Topeka, Kansas in the early 1920s. There Anderson worked in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe shops as a welder. He was a member of various social groups, such as the Mount Moriah Lodge No. 5 F. and M. where he was a past master, and the Calvary Baptist Church. From the 1940s through the 1970s, Anderson also was a popular photographer of the Topeka, Kansas African American community.
Pearl Bertha Gatewood was born 5 November 1909 in McCloud, Oklahoma to Reverend Robert D. and Ella Gatewood. The family moved to Topeka, Kansas in 1925, where Pearl graduated from Topeka High School and attended Washburn University. Gatewood worked as an Universal Life Insurance agent, was an active Calvary Baptist Church member, as well as a member of such groups as the Federated Women and Bertha Dandridge Literary Art Club. In 1964 the Delta Eta chapter of Alpha Phi fraternity named her Mother of the Year.
J. B. Anderson married Pearl Gatewood in 1937. The couple had one son, Joseph B. Anderson, Jr., who was born 12 February 1943. Pearl Gatewood Anderson died 10 October 1980 in Topeka.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 document cases + 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Scope and Contents
This collection has been arranged into two series, one for the papers and one for the photographs. Photographs have been further sub-divided into three sub-series: Events, People, and Nonhuman subjects. The People sub-series has been further subdivided.
While the photographs are organized alphabetically within each sub-componenent, the papers have been organized with those items pertaining to J. B. and Pearl Anderson coming first and the rest of the material appearing in an alphabetical arrangement. Oversize papers have been described separately in the finding aid; oversize photographs appear in place with the sub-series to which they belong.
RH MS 1230
RH MS-P 1230
RH MS-P 1230 (f)
RH MS Q337
RH MS R300
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Darlene Jackson, 2004, 2020.
- Guide to the J. B. Anderson Collection
- J. B. Anderson papers and photographs
- Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2011. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2011. Finding aid revised by eh, 2017; mwh, 2017, 2021.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
J. B. Anderson collection, RH MS 1230, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas