The Allan W. Anderson Papers (1949-2010) document Anderson’s work as a poet and academic in religious studies. The majority of the material dates from
1970 to 1990 with sparse documentation from pre-1970 and the 2000s on. These files document some of Anderson’s creative processes
for his published works including the children’s book Songs from the Mifflinger Sea and A little cove of Nonsense, as well as unpublished materials. His collection includes poems, lectures, correspondence, research papers, student work,
newspaper clippings, and audio visual materials. Highlights include drafts of some of his most prominent writings such as
Reflections on the I Ching and Self-Transformation and the Oracular, in addition to correspondence concerning the publication of his dialogues with Jiddu Krishnamurti, A Wholly Different Way of Living. The collection consists of three series: Personal Papers (1949-1994), Published and Unpublished Writings (1963-2010), Professional Papers (1958-2003).
Dr. Allan W. Anderson was born in Hastings, New Zealand on July 18, 1922 but grew up in England. He moved to the United States
in 1936 where he remained the majority of his life. He received a B.A. in history and general science in 1944 from Washington
Missionary College, an M.A. in English literature from Trinity College in 1951, and a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from
Columbia University in 1960. He was an instructor at the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington DC from 1947-1949,
and was later a radio newscaster and announcer in Hartford, Connecticut, where he also worked as a social worker.
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