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RG2967.AM:  Helen Marie Nance Anderson, 1877-1966



Papers:  1871-1966

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  

Size:  11.5 cu.ft.; 31 boxes



BACKGROUND NOTE



Helen M. Nance was born May 23, 1877, at Osceola, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Albinus Nance (later governor of the state) and Sarah (White) Nance. She was educated in the common schools and at St. Mary’s School at Knoxville, Illinois. In October of 1902, she was married to Walter Lincoln Anderson, an attorney who had come to Lincoln in 1900 to join a law partnership. Anderson was born at Sidney, Iowa, in February of 1868, and received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1891. From 1891-1898 he practiced law with his father, Albert R. Anderson, at Sidney and at Hot Springs, South Dakota, and was South Dakota State Attorney and U.S. Circuit Court Commissioner from 1892-1899. During the Spanish-American War he served with a group of Iowa volunteers in the Third Regiment (“Rough Riders”) which spent the duration of the war at Camp Thomas, Georgia. Anderson held a commission as Captain when he was mustered out in 1919. He was a member of several separate law partnerships in Lincoln and handled legal affairs for people throughout the United States. In addition to his law practice, Anderson spent much of his time buying, inspecting and selling property in Nebraska as well as in California. He was an active member of the Republican Party, and ran for various offices on the G.O.P. ticket. He served in the Nebraska Legislature in 1921-1922, and was a member of the 1919 Constitutional Convention. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1922. Mr. Anderson died in Lincoln in December of 1959. Mrs. Anderson continued to live at their home in Lincoln and maintained their financial interests until her death in October of 1966.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of manuscript materials arranged in seven subgroups: 1) Correspondence, 1871-1966; 2) Financial and legal affairs, approx. 1890-1966; 3) Journals, 1889-1935; 4) Scrapbooks, 1881-1902; 5) Political activities, 1892-1922; 6) Printed matter, 1897-1939; and 7) Miscellaneous materials. The bulk of this collection relates to the law practice of Walter L. Anderson in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska, and to the investments in property by him and his wife, Helen Nance Anderson.



During the early 1900s the Andersons were in frequent correspondence with each other, as they were often separated: she was in Lincoln, Chicago, Lake Okoboji, Iowa, or abroad; while he was traveling across the country inspecting property they were considering buying or already owned. Interspersed throughout the collection are letters dealing with various aspects of farm property, including expenses incurred, farm income reports during the period 1953 to 1961, and selected tax records of the Andersons’ and the estate records of the two families.



Some highlights of the collection include: a scrapbook maintained by Governor Nance during the labor violence that occurred in Omaha in 1882 and 1883; journals kept by Helen Anderson during her trips in Europe (one account reveals her observations at the outbreak of World War I); broadsides, sample ballots and other items dating from 1900 to 1922 and pertaining to the Republican Party; Agricultural Experiment Station bulletins; social and fraternal programs; the Nance family Bible; and genealogy sheets outlining the history of the Nance, White and Halstead families.



The correspondence group, Subgroup 1, is divided into two series.



Series 1 consists of the correspondence of the law firm of Anderson and Anderson, dating between 1871-1899. In addition to the legal matters of the firm, this section includes a great deal of personal correspondence of W.L. Anderson’s father, Albert A. Anderson. The “Major”, as he was called, appears to have been a Democrat in Iowa, switched to the Populist Party when he relocated in South Dakota, and in 1896 became a Republican in response to the currency question. The correspondence clearly reveals the progression of the father’s political views.



Series 2 of the correspondence group consists of general correspondence that, although including a broad variety of subject matter, was not further separated. These letters date from 1872 to 1966, and cover personal correspondence of Albinus Nance, Sarah White Nance, Walter Anderson, and Helen Nance Anderson. The early letters from Nance to his future wife describe life on the frontier settlement around Columbus, and indicate some of his political views. The letters between 1891-1899 were written to Helen Nance by a number of different young men who attended the University of Nebraska and later continued the correspondence from military camps, ranches, and places of business. From 1900 to 1902, and after their marriage, Walter and Helen usually wrote daily letters to each other describing their activities. They spent a great deal of time apart, she either in Lincoln, Chicago, Lake Okoboji, Iowa, or abroad, and he traveling about inspecting property they owned or were considering buying.



Correspondents include: Albert R. Anderson, 1891-1898; Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1933; William B. Allison, 1891, 1892, 1895, 1897; the National Citizen’s Industrial Alliance, 1891; G.W. Ambrose, 1894; Thomas Bowman, 1892; William Jennings Bryan, 1893, 1895; Carl T. Curtis, 1964-1965; Ralph W. Haggard, 1898-1899; Charles Hendy, Jr., 1898-1900; James McDill, 1892; Charles Henry Morrill, 1898, 1902, 1910-1913, 1915, 1917, 1920-1922; William Morrison, 1895-1896; Albinus Nance, 1872-1875, 1891, 1895-1900, 1902-1903, 1906, 1908, 1911; Sarah White Nance, 1872-1875, 1891, 1895-1900, 1906-1913, 1916-1918, 1920, 1922-1924, 1926, 1928; Willis O. Nance, 1902, 1909, 1911-1917, 1919-1922, 1928, 1941, 1961; Henry Nuckolls, 1892; the People’s Party, 1891-1896; John J. Pershing, 1929; R.F. Pettigrew, 1892-1894; John A. Pickler, 1892, 1896; Eli Seavey Ricker, 1893; Edward Rosewater, 1893; Karl Stefan, 1935; Carl L. Shuff, 1898-1899; Russell Thorp, Jr., 1896-1899.



Subgroup 2, Financial and Legal Affairs is arranged in seven series:



Series 1 consists of legal papers relating to the practice of the firm of Anderson and Anderson., and includes contracts, case files, and financial items. Series 2 contains official papers of the U.S. Commissioner’s Court between 1893-1896. Complaints, subpoenas, and warrants, 1893-1896, along with papers relating to the case of Anderson vs. the United States may be found in this series. Documents relating to the respective estates of Albinus Nance, Sarah White Nance, Walter Anderson and Helen Nance Anderson are housed in Series 3.



Series 4 relates to properties and investments of the Andersons. Of particular interest in this series is the material in box 17. This consists of comprehensive statements of farm income receipts and disbursements with individual farm reports for several of their farm properties that they rented out between 1953 and 1961. Series 5 is comprised of banking records, mostly checking account materials, of Walter and Helen Anderson, 1900-1938. Series 6 consists of selected tax receipts and returns, mainly between 1901-1953. Series 7 is composed of miscellaneous financial material dating between 1898-1945.



Subgroup 3 contains journals of voyages abroad between 1889 and 1935. The first is the journal of Lina S. Merchant (relationship unknown) who went to Europe on a sailing ship in 1889. The other journals were kept by Helen Anderson on voyages between 1914-1935. She was caught in Europe at the outbreak of World War I, and her observations of developments in Europe and how they affected her are quite interesting.



Subgroup 4 consists of five scrapbooks belonging to Helen Nance and her father and mother. Of particular interest is the one kept by Albinus Nance containing clippings on the labor violence in Omaha, Nebraska in 1882-1883.



Subgroup 5 documents Walter Anderson’s Republican Party political activities. It includes broadsides, sample ballots, pamphlets and other campaign materials, dating primarily between 1900-1922.



Subgroup 6 consists of five general series of printed matter. Of these, Series 1 contains pamphlets published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture between 1897-1939. Series 2 holds pamphlets and bulletins published by the Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Nebraska between 1911-1923. Series 3 consists of a scattering of rosters, programs, lists and other printed matter from fraternal and social organizations. Series 4 contains newspaper clippings. A single publication, “Nebraska’s Resources, Illustrated,” 1903, comprises Series 5.



Subgroup 7 consists of four series of miscellaneous unrelated materials. Series 1, Genealogy, contains an old Nance family Bible as well as a number of D.A.R. membership application blanks that contain overall information concerning the genealogy of the Nance, White, and Halstead families. Series 2 relates to the military service of Walter L. Anderson, and includes certificates and pension papers. Series 3 consists of what may be loosely termed, manuscripts. This includes speech material, essays, and something that is identified only as the original draft of the Imogene Platform, adopted at Imogene, Iowa, on July 10, 1886. Series 4 includes Walter Anderson’s passport, stock certificates, a muster roll of the Hot Springs Guards, and two boxes of travel folders, tour guides, menus, sailing schedules, and souvenirs of overseas voyages.



DESCRIPTION



Subgroup 1: Correspondence, 1871-1966

Series 1 – Anderson & Anderson, 1871-1899


Box 1

Folder

  1. 1871, 1872

  2. 1875

  3. 1878

  4. 1880

  5. 1889

  6. 1890

  7. 1891

  8. 1891

  9. 1892

  10. 1892

  11. 1892


Box 2

Folder

  1. 1893

  2. 1893

  3. 1894

  4. 1894


Box 3

Folder

  1. 1895

  2. 1896

  3. 1897

  4. 1898

  5. 1899

  6. 1895-1897 (letterbook)


Box 4

Folder

  1. 1897-1898 (letterbook)



Series 2 – General Correspondence, 1872-1966


Box 4 (cont.)

Folder

  1. 1872, 1873

  2. 1874

  3. 1875

  4. 1882, 1884

  5. 1891-1893

  6. 1894-1895

  7. 1896

  8. 1897

  9. 1898


Box 5

Folder

  1. 1899

  2. 1900

  3. 1901

  4. 1901

  5. 1901

  6. 1902


Box 6

Folder

  1. 1902

  2. 1903

  3. 1904-1905

  4. 1906

  5. 1907

  6. 1908

  7. 1909

  8. 1910


Box 7

Folder

  1. 1911

  2. 1912

  3. 1912

  4. 1913


Box 8

Folder

  1. 1914

  2. 1915

  3. 1916

  4. 1917

  5. 1918

  6. 1919

  7. 1920

  8. 1921

  9. 1922

  10. 1923

  11. 1924

  12. 1925


Box 9

Folder

  1. 1926-1927

  2. 1928

  3. 1929

  4. 1930, 1931

  5. 1932, 1933

  6. 1934

  7. 1935

  8. 1936

  9. 1937

  10. 1938, 1939

  11. 1940, 1941

  12. 1947

  13. 1955, 1956

  14. 1959

  15. 1960

  16. 1961

  17. 1962

  18. 1963

  19. 1964

  20. 1965

  21. 1966


Box 10 (Undated and fragmentary)

Folder

  1. Letters of Helen Nance Anderson

  2. Letters of Walter Lincoln Anderson

  3. Letters of Sarah White Nance

  4. Letters of Russell Thorp, Jr.

  5. Letters of Dr. Willis O. Nance

  6. Miscellany

  7. Miscellany



Subgroup 2: Financial and Legal Affairs

Series 1 – Anderson & Anderson, 1891-1898


Box 11

Folder

  1. Contracts to employ the firm

  2. Case files

  3. Case files

  4. Case files

  5. Case files

  6. Case files

  7. Case files

  8. Case files

  9. Case files


Box 12

Folder

  1. Case files

  2. Case files

  3. Case files

  4. Case files


Box 13

Folder

  1. Receipts, bills, notes

  2. Receipts, bills, notes

  3. Receipts, bills, notes

  4. Receipts, bills, notes



Series 2 – U.S. Commissioner’s Court, 1893-1896


Box 14

Folder

  1. Complaints, subpoenas, warrants, 1893

  2. Complaints, subpoenas, warrants, 1894

  3. Complaints, subpoenas, warrants, 1896

  4. Papers relating to case of Anderson vs. U.S.



Series 3 – Estates


Box 14 (cont.)

Folder

  1. Albinus Nance, Correspondence

  2. Albinus Nance, Ledger, 1888 (lists personal property)

  3. Albinus Nance, Accounts, inventories

  4. Albinus Nance, Legal instruments

  5. Receipts

  6. Deposits and withdrawals

  7. Military discharge, approval to Illinois bar, passport

  8. Miscellany


Box 15

Folder

  1. Sarah Nance, Ledger, 1897-1899

  2. Sarah Nance, Legal instruments

  3. Walter Anderson, Will (copy)

  4. Walter Anderson, Statement of receipts and disbursements

  5. Helen Anderson, Will (copy)



Series 4 – Properties and Investments of Walter L. Anderson and Helen Nance Anderson


Box 15 (cont.)

Folder

  1. Correspondence, circulars, brochures relating to stocks and bonds investments, crops, farm properties, taxes, c. 1920-1940

  2. Correspondence, circulars, brochures relating to stocks and bonds investments, crops, farm properties, taxes, c. 1920-1940

  3. Correspondence, circulars, brochures relating to stocks and bonds investments, crops, farm properties, taxes, c. 1920-1940


Box 16

Folder

  1. Correspondence, circulars, brochures relating to stocks and bonds investments, crops, farm properties, taxes, c. 1920-1940

  2. Correspondence, circulars, brochures relating to stocks and bonds investments, crops, farm properties, taxes, c. 1920-1940

  3. Deeds, titles, mortgages – Boone County

  4. Deeds, titles, mortgages – Panama Farm

  5. Deeds, titles, mortgages – Elmelund property

  6. Deeds, titles, mortgages – Hardenbergh property

  7. Deeds, titles, mortgages – Miscellany


Box 17

Folder

  1. Statements of farm income receipts, 1912-1914

  2. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1952-1953

  3. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1953-1954

  4. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1955

  5. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1956

  6. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1957

  7. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1958

  8. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1959

  9. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1960

  10. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1961

  11. Statements of receipts and disbursements, 1962

  12. Statements of principal cash transactions, 1966

  13. Individual farm reports, Ehman farm, 1960-1961

  14. Individual farm reports, Emmons farm, 1953-1961

  15. Individual farm reports, Ferris farm, 1954-1961

  16. Individual farm reports, Hastings farm, 1953-1961

  17. Individual farm reports, Primrose farm, 1953-1961

  18. Individual farm reports, Schoen farm, 1953-1961

  19. Individual farm reports, Schoonveld farm, 1952-1956

  20. Individual farm reports, Snyder farm, 1954-1959

  21. Individual farm reports, Topp farm, 1956-1960

  22. Individual farm reports, Weismann farm, 1953-1961

  23. Individual farm reports, Wyman farm, 1953-1961

  24. Record of investments, 1950s



Series 5 – Banking Records of Walter Anderson and Helen Anderson



Box 18 – Deposit books, 1914-1938 [incomplete]



Box 19 – Checkbook stubs, 1900-1914 [incomplete]



Series 6 – Tax Receipts and Returns


Box 20

Folder

  1. 1889

  2. 1901

  3. 1903

  4. 1905

  5. 1907

  6. 1909

  7. 1911

  8. 1913

  9. 1915

  10. 1917

  11. 1919

  12. 1921

  13. 1923

  14. 1925

  15. 1927

  16. 1929

  17. 1931

  18. 1933

  19. 1935

  20. 1937

  21. 1939


Box 21

Folder

  1. 1941

  2. 1943

  3. 1945

  4. 1947

  5. 1949

  6. 1951

  7. 1953



Series 7 – Miscellaneous Financial Materials


Box 22

Folder

  1. Collateral agreements, 1929-1936

  2. Notes, 1930-1932

  3. Elks Building Company, 1908-1909

  4. Miscellany

  5. Cancelled checks, 1902-1931, including notebooks, 1898-c.1945 [incomplete]



Subgroup 3: Journals


Box 23

Folder

  1. 1889, June-Oct., Journal of Lina S. Merchant, by sailing ship from New York

  2. 1893, visit to the World’s Fair

  3. 1914, Journal, Helen Nance Anderson

  4. 1923, Journal, Helen Nance Anderson

  5. 1928, Journal, Helen Nance Anderson

  6. 1935, Journal, Helen Nance Anderson



Subgroup 4: Scrapbooks


Box 24

Folder/volume

  1. Sarah White Nance, 1881, clippings of poems, accounts of death of Garfield, Governor A. Nance

  2. Albinus Nance, 1882-1883, clippings about Nance, Omaha strike violence of 1882

  3. Albinus Nance, 1889, bills and other items relative to world cruise

  4. Helen M. Nance, 1895, memory book

  5. Helen M. Nance, 1899-1902, social activities



Subgroup 5: Political Activities


Box 25

Folder

  1. Broadsides

  2. Pamphlets and charts, etc., relating to Nebraska’s 1919 Code Law

  3. Clippings, lists of G.O.P. members, committees, etc., 1910

  4. Clippings, lists of G.O.P. members, committees, etc.

  5. Sample ballots, Hot Springs, South Dakota, 1892-1898

  6. Sample ballots, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1900-1922

  7. Brochures listing candidates and biographies, 1922 and undated

  8. Pamphlets, 1922

  9. Miscellany



Subgroup 6: Printed Matter

Series 1



Box 26



U.S.D.A pamphlets, 1897, 1910-1923, 1938-1939, includes:

“Farm Tenantry in the United States,” 1916

“Soil Survey of Polk County, Nebraska,” 1917

“The Nebraska Farm Family – Some Land Tenure Phases,” 1923



Series 2



Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Nebraska Bulletins, 1911-1923, includes:

“From Management Studies in Eastern Nebraska,” 1916

“The Farm Inventory,” 1917

“Agricultural Statistics for Nebraska,” 1920

“Nebraska Farm Homes,” 1923



Series 3



Organizations, includes assorted rosters, programs, lists:

United Spanish War Veterans

Lincoln Woman’s Club

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

P.E.O.

American Legion

Municipal League of Lincoln, Nebraska



Series 4 – Clippings


Box 27

Folder

  1. W.W.I.

  2. Politics

  3. Obituaries

  4. Miscellany



Series 5 – Publications



Box 27 (cont.)



“Nebraska’s Resources, Illustrated,” Nebraska Farmer Co., Omaha, Nebraska, 1903



Subgroup 7: Miscellaneous Materials

Series 1 – Genealogy



Box 27 (cont.)



Nance family Bible recording births, 1784-1827



Box 28



D.A.R. applications and related materials on White and Halstead families



Series 2 – Military Service, Pensions


Box 28 (cont.)

Folder

  1. Walter L. Anderson, commission and discharge certificate

  2. Pension papers

  3. Papers relating to issue and return of Quarter Master stores

  4. Orders, medical certificates



Series 3 – Manuscripts


Box 28 (cont.)

Folder

  1. Speech material

  2. Essays

  3. Verse

  4. Letter and text of the “Imogene Platform,” adopted July 10, 1886, at Imogene, Iowa



Series 4 – Miscellany


Box 29

Folder

  1. Passports, Walter L. Anderson

  2. Railroad lands, Butler County, 1879

  3. Stock certificates

  4. Scholastic records, Walter L. Anderson

  5. Selective Service bulletins, 1919

  6. Muster roll, Hot Springs Guards

  7. Potpourri

  8. Potpourri

  9. Potpourri

  10. Potpourri



Box 30



Travel folders, guides, information, souvenirs, and related items



Box 31



Travel folders, guides, information, souvenirs, and related items



Oversize (OB002)



The Morning Chronicle, London, England, No. 11627, Friday, August 22, 1806

Detroit Daily Free Press, Detroit, Michigan, V. 21, No. 27, Wednesday, August 12, 1857

Ulster County Gazette, Kingston, New York (?), V. 11, No. 88, Saturday, January 4, 1800

Certificates, diplomas, etc.



 


ADDED ENTRIES:

Anderson, Helen Marie Nance, 1877-1966

Anderson, Walter Lincoln, 1868-1959

Anderson family

Anderson & Anderson (Lincoln, Neb.)

Europe — Description and travel

Halstead family

Hot Springs (S.D.)

Lawyers — Nebraska — Lincoln

Lincoln (Neb.)

Nance, Albinus, 1848-1911

Nance family

Politics and government — Nebraska

Republican Party — Nebraska

White family



 



DAB/HEK/ab   05-29-1967

KFK   07-22-1996

KFK/dco   12-12-2003

01-27-2010   Revised TMM