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ANDERSON (JOHN FRANKLIN, JR.) COLLECTION, 1952-1958, 1976-1988, 1995, 2005-2009

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Franklin Anderson, Jr. collection
Dates: 1952-1958, 1976-1988, 1995, 2005-2009
Accession Number(s): 2009-005; 2010-012; 2016-013
Extent: 5 inches of manuscript material, 1 CD-ROM, 6 DVDs, 1 VHS tape
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Biographical Note: John Franklin Anderson, Jr. (1920-2009) was born in Dallas, Texas on May 27, 1920. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1937. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Austin College in 1941 and a Bachelor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1944. After his ordination in 1944, he served as a Navy chaplain in the Pacific until 1946. Upon his return from World War II, he served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tyler until 1951. He then became associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and was selected as senior pastor in 1952. In 1953, he earned a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In 1958, Anderson relocated to Florida and became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando.

In 1965, Anderson shifted from acting as a pastor to a role within Presbyterian leadership. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia to act as executive secretary of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. Board of National Ministries. He returned to Texas in 1973 for a second stint as pastor of First Presbyterian in Dallas. In 1982, Anderson served as president of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches and as moderator for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. The next year, he played an important role in the reunion of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., which resulted in the current Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 1984, Mr. Anderson became pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Dallas. He died on January 31, 2009 in Dallas.

In addition to his work as pastor and church leader, Anderson produced weekly religious newspaper columns in the Dallas Morning News from 1954-1958 and 1974-1984 and the Orlando Sentinel from 1958-1965.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary chose to honor Anderson and his wife, Nancy, by naming a new dormitory on campus after them. The John F. and Nancy Anderson House was completed in 2009.

Scope and Contents: The John Franklin Anderson, Jr. Collection is comprised of newsletters, programs, invitations, books, architectural design drawings, a CD-ROM, DVDs, and a VHS tape. These materials document the fundraising activities and ceremonies for the John F. and Nancy Anderson House and Anderson himself. The collection is separated into two series. The first, The John F. and Nancy Anderson House, contains brochures, invitations, DVDs, newsletters, architectural design drawings, a CD-ROM, and a VHS tape that document the fundraising, groundbreaking, and dedication of the Anderson House dormitory on the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary campus.

The second series, John F. Anderson, Jr., consists of material directly related to Anderson. This includes programs, pamphlets, and a DVD from his funeral service as well as three church histories from the congregations that he served as pastor. Also included are a collection of Anderson’s weekly newspaper columns and various friends’ and family members’ recollections of Anderson, as well as a scrapbook compiled by Randal Whittington and Mike Murray commemorating Anderson’s life. The scrapbook [2016-013] was originally kept in the lounge at Anderson House.

Processing Information:: Processed by Elizabeth Garber, Archives Assistant, August 2009. Additions processed by Kristy Sorensen, January 2016, February 2017. This collection was primarily assembled by the Office of Institutional Advancement at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Restrictions: Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms:
Anderson, John F. (John Franklin), 1920-2009.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary--Buildings.
Presbyterian Church--Clergy.

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Preferred Citation: John Franklin Anderson, Jr. collection, 1952-1958, 1976-1988, 1995, 2005-2009, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Box Number:
E003 The John F. and Nancy Anderson House:
  Architectural design drawings of proposed exterior, undated
  Groundbreaking, 2007
D020 Groundbreaking [DVD], 2007
  Anderson House Groundbreaking Slideshow [DVD], 2007
  Photographs of groundbreaking [CD-ROM], 2007
E003 Dedication (including “Down to Earth: Selected Writings of The Reverend John F. Anderson Jr.”), 2009
D020 A Tribute to Reverend John Anderson [DVD], 2009
     APTS Master Plan 2005-2025 [DVD], circa 2005
E003    Fundraising brochure, undated
     First Presbyterian Houston dinner, 2007
D020    First Presbyterian Houston dinner [DVD], 2007
E003    First Presbyterian Dallas luncheon, 2007
D018    First Presbyterian Dallas luncheon [VHS], 2007
E003 John F. Anderson, Jr.:
  “Down to Earth” newspaper column by Anderson, five clippings [2010-012], circa 1952-1958
  “On the Road: Beginnings” by Jerry Tompkins, 1976
  Heart of the City: History of the First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Florida, 1876-1987, 1988
  The First 125 Years at First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, Texas, 1995
  Letter from Anderson to Jerry Tompkins with “The Legend of the Forty Brave Wrestlers,” April 4, 1995
  Holding Forth the Word of Life: The Witness of a Downtown Church [First Presbyterian Church Dallas], 2006
  Scrapbook [2016-013], 2009
  Service of Witness to the Resurrection for John F. Anderson [funeral], 2009
D020 Funeral service [DVD], 2009

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