MsC 554

Collection Dates: 1952
6 linear

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information


Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

Copyright:  Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on "Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials"

Use of Collections:  The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Use of Manuscripts Statement.

Biographical Note

Mrs. Betty Baxter Anderson (1908 -- 1966) was born in Cornell, Iowa and later moved to Iowa City where she graduated from Iowa City High School. Mrs. Anderson graduated of the University of Iowa and also earned a Master of Arts from the University of San Diego College for Women. Mrs. Anderson authored twenty books for teen aged readers including "Powder Monkey," "Alabama Raiders," and "The Secret of the Old Books." Mrs. Anderson lived in La Jolla, California with her husband, Dr. Ernest W. Anderson, and two children, Anthony and Kay, until her death on June 17, 1966.

Scope and Contents

The Betty Baxter Anderson collection contains correspondence with her publisher, Thomas Nelson & Sons, and with the SUI Library. Drafts and publisher's copies of the "The Secret of the Old Books" manuscript are included as well as the book jacket and the press proof of the title page. Newspaper clippings and Mrs. Anderson's obituary are also included.

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Betty Baxter Anderson in the 1950s.

Guide posted to Internet: January 2005


Box 1

Book jacket and title page proof for "The Secret of the Old Books."

Correspondence with publisher and SUI Library, 1941-1952.

Manuscript, "The Secret of the Old Books"

Early Draft (unrevised)

Draft (with changes and corrections)

Revised Draft

Publisher's Copy and Carbon Copy

Galley Proof

Newspaper clippings and obituary


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