Donald M. Anderson papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

30 linear feet (41 boxes, 8 oversize boxes) of material consisting of correspondence, materials relating to publications, graphic art work, calligraphic broadsides and booklets, teaching materials, and subject files of Madison, Wisconsin, calligrapher and design educator Donald Myers Anderson.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Bridgewater, South Dakota, Donald M. Anderson studied art at the University of Iowa. He served in the U. S. Army as an illustrator in the Ordnance Department of the Pentagon from 1941 to 1946 and then briefly designed books for the Army Adjutant General and the Civil Aeronautics Board. He taught in the Art Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1947 to 1982. His paintings were exhibited widely in the Midwest in the 1950s and 1960s, and throughout his career he did design work for the University of Wisconsin Press, the State of Wisconsin, and several magazines. He was best known, however, as a calligrapher and teacher of calligraphy.