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Digital Initiatives: Gordon & Emma Anderson Collection

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Gordon and Emma Anderson Collection

The Gordon and Emma Anderson Collection consists of photographs, documents, and objects relating to the Anderson and Landers families from the Kenmare and Crosby areas of North Dakota (Ward County and Divide County), from the late 1800s to the late 1900s.

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About the Collection

In additional to the content relating to Anderson and Landers families of North Dakota, the collection also includes many items relating to:

  • Agriculture -- harvest scenes, soil conservation, and farms from the 1890s to the 1990s
  • Military -- images of family members who served during World War II
  • Vacations -- Anderson family vacations to locations across North Dakota and the country, 1940s-1970s
  • North Dakota -- images of towns, school events, historic sites, parades, colleges, sports, etc., 1910s-1970s

Gordon Anderson, one of the collection's namesakes, was born on December 6, 1918. He later underwent naval training at Notre Dame and served during World War II. In 1943, Gordon Anderson married Emma Landers, the other namesake of the collection. Emma was born in Kenmare, North Dakota, on August 6, 1919. After the war in 1946, the couple settled in Crosby, N.D. Gordon was a schoolteacher, teaching agriculture, before working for the local Soil Conservation Service (where he worked until retirement). Gordon was an amateur photographer and took many photographs during his life, many of which make up this collection.

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Many of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.