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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Anderson, Ernest J 1902 - 1992 Papers, 1957 - 1977

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Anderson, Ernest J. 1902 - 1992. Papers, 1957 – 1977.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1289

Anderson, Ernest J. 1902 – 1992. Papers, 1957 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1289. 1 audiocassette tape, 1 CD duplicate of the audiocassette, and 2 folders.


This collection consists of items pertaining to Ernest J. Anderson, of Frost, Minnesota. Anderson was a lifelong farmer, and served on many committees and boards in his home community. He was also a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1954 until 1973. The collection consists of Anderson’s legislative correspondence, campaign literature, election results, one photograph and one newspaper clipping. Also included in the collection is an audiocassette tape, a CD duplicate of the audiocassette, and the transcript of an oral history interview conducted with Anderson in 1977. In the interview, Anderson discusses his years in the Minnesota Senate, and the issues with which he was involved.

Biographical Note: Historical Note:

Ernest J. Anderson was born in 1902, and was raised on his family’s farm near Frost, Minnesota. He married Olive Olsen, and they had three children.

Anderson served on the Frost School Board for twenty years, the cooperative elevator board, the Faribault cooperative oil company board, the board of the Minnesota Farmers Elevator Association, and on the Lutheran church council in Frost.

Anderson was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1954, and served continuously until 1973. He served as president pro tempore of the Senate in the 1967 session.

Ernest J. Anderson died in January of 1992.

Biographical information obtained from the collection and the Legislative Manual, 1955 and 1972.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Anderson, Ernest J. 1902 - 1992. Papers, 1957 – 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1289, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Ernest J. Anderson donated this collection in July 1977.

Processed By:

Bruce L. Larson and Karin Thiem processed this collection in January 1978. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell December 2000. Kieu Cao updated finding aid in March 2017.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Ernest J. Anderson available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Anderson, Ernest J. 1902 – 1992.
Minnesota. Legislature. Senate.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1289



Miscellaneous items dealing with Anderson’s time in the Minnesota State Senate, 1945 - 1973



Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 1977


Oral History Interview, Audiocassette, 1977


Oral History Interview, Transcript, 1977