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Walter Inglis Anderson papers, [ca. 1915-1960]

Anderson, Walter Inglis, 1903-1965

Woodworker, Painter, Ceramicist


Collection Information

Size: 3.6 Linear feet, (on 6 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, writings, drawings, and sketchbooks.
REELS 4867-4868: Papers, ca. 1915-1940, including letters from Anderson (referred to as Bob) to his parents, 1915-1919, mostly from boarding school in Manilus, N.Y., and 1922-1928, from New York City and Philadelphia, while attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; correspondence with his wife, Agnes Grinstead (referred to as Sissy), 1930-1933 and later as his wife, 1938-1940; writings, including Anderson's log books of his travels to Hong Kong, ca. 1949, and boat trip to Graveline and Oldfields, Mississippi, as well as his account of pelicans and copies of his favorite poems; and six sketchbooks.
REELS 4869-4872: Papers, ca. 1940-1960, including log books, both bound and on loose pages, recording Anderson's travels, most notably to the Gulf Coast's Chandeleur and Horn Islands; others describe his trips out-of-state and abroad as well as his activities while living at Oldfields, in Gautier, Mississippi; several files of loose pages containing Anderson's commentaries on a variety of subjects, including nature, the arts, religion, philosophy, and poetry; and Anderson's notes on Ancient Near Eastern and Greek and Egyptian art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, muralist, sculptor, wood-carver, potter, printmaker, illustrator; Mississippi. Attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1923-1929. He lived in Ocean Springs, Miss., 1929-1939, and painted murals for the Ocean Springs School auditorium for the WPA. In 1940, after being hospitalized for mental illness, he moved to Oldfields, near Gautier, Miss., and returned to Ocean Springs in 1946. From 1947 until his death, he travelled repeatedly to Horn Island and other remote sites on the Gulf Coast to paint and write. In 1991, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art opened in Ocean Springs, Miss.


Material on reels 4867-4868 was lent for microfilming by the Family of Walter Anderson, 1993. Material on reels 4869-4872, was lent for microfilming by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1993.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 4867-4868: Originals returned to the Family of Walter Anderson after microfilming.
  • Reels 4869-4872: Originals returned to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4867-4872 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan; and at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Miss.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Walter Inglis Anderson papers, [ca. 1915-1960]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.