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Anderson family collection

Identifier: MS 2764


This collection primarily contains the correspondence of James W. Anderson (1797-1881), his wife Mary Minor Anderson (1810-1865), and their son Captain James Anderson (1831-1920).


  • 1795-1894


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.


2.1 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thomas M. Anderson, Jr. in February 1982.

Related Materials

MS 2471, Captain James Anderson Civil War correspondence, 1862-1864

MS 2503, James W. Anderson papers, 1850-1851

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is comprised of the Anderson family's correspondence, although a number of bills and receipts, an estate sales record, and other miscellaneous papers are also included. Principal writers are James W. Anderson (1797-1881) and his wife Mary Minor Anderson (1810-1865). Much of their correspondence with one another refers to the Annapolis Constitutional Convention (1850-1851), and the seven years during which James lived in Washington, D.C. while working as an auditor for the United States Post Office (1854-1861). Letters also include details of the family members' lives and the complexity of maintaining the family farm in Montgomery County, Maryland as well as references to the local political climate just before the Civil War.

Also included are letters of their son, Captain James Anderson (1831-1920), written while he was held prisoner by the Union during the Civil War. Captain Anderson was a Confederate cavalry officer who was captured at Harper's Ferry on October 23, 1862.

Additionally, the collection contains financial documents such as account books, bills, and receipts; an estate sales record and inventory of Dr. James Anderson; petitions, legal notes and papers; and genealogical files.

Guide to the Anderson family collection
Under Revision
Walter C. Leach, Jr.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-02-25: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States