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Anderson-Greenwood Family History records

 Collection
Identifier: MS 534
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of genealogical charts, correspondence between the Andersons and distant relations, and photographs of various family members dating to the mid-nineteenth century. There are numerous printed materials, but most extensive is the detail on relationships between families, and navigating identical first/middle names can be confusing. Some family names of lesser note include Fenner, Turley, Gibson, Butler, and Wisdom. Biographical sketches are prevalent and estates are well documented. Included are records from numerous genealogists, amateur and professional among family and non-family, who have contributed to the enormous wealth of information.

Dates

  • 1850-2004

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Anderson-Greenwood Family History Records, 1850-2004, MS534, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Sketches:

Benjamin Monroe Anderson founded Anderson-Greenwood and Co. in 1945, intending the company to design and manufacture aircraft. Beginning in 1947, along with brother-in-law Marvin Greenwood, the firm produced five AG-14s, a two seat monoplane. After the Korean War, the firm switched to valve design and developed the first line of soft-seated precision safety relief valves.

Anderson was born March 2, 1916 in Oklahoma City, OK, son of Frank Ervin Anderson and Burdine Clayton Anderson. His father and uncle, William Lockhart Clayton, founded the Anderson-Clayton Co. cotton firm in 1904. Ben Anderson was a nephew of Monroe Dunaway Anderson, philanthropist who established the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He graduated from San Jacinto High School and University of Texas, and studied aeronautical engineering at the Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute. Anderson served on the Boards of the Houston Multiple Sclerosis Society and Scott and White Memorial Hospital. He died Sept. 27, 2007 in Houston.

Mary Greenwood Anderson was born on Jan. 2, 1917 in Houston to James and Ella Harris Greenwood. She attended Kinkaid School, graduated from San Jacinto High School, and Rice Institute in 1938. She did post graduate study at the University of Texas. She was a founding member of the Texas Medical Center Library and Friends of Fondren Library at Rice, and among her many civic memberships was the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. She and her husband established the James and Ella Harris Greenwood Endowment Fund for research in metabolic biochemistry at Rice University. Mary Anderson died on Nov. 4, 2005 in Houston.

Extent

10 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Benjamin and Mary Greenwood Anderson of Houston, Texas, were experienced genealogists and traveled extensively to collect their family history records, as well as on numerous collateral lines. Family connections reached into the East Coast, Northeast, Midwest, South, and into Europe. Benjamin Anderson founded Anderson-Greenwood and Co. in 1945, intending the company to design and manufacture aircraft. After the Korean War, the firm switched to valve design and developed the first line of soft-seated precision safety relief valves. The Andersons were generous philanthropists in Houston, particularly in the medical research community.

Arrangement

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Anderson Family
  2. Series II: Greenwood Family
  3. Series III: Harris Family
  4. Series IV: Henderson Family
  5. Series V: Burdine Family
  6. Series VI: Clayton Family
  7. Series VII: Harper Family

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was donated by Mary Anderson Abell and Burdine Anderson Giese, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, 2008.

Related Archival Materials note

The Benjamin Monroe Anderson Collection on the History of Aeronautics is located in the Woodson Research Center and may be accessed on line through Fondren Library's catalog http://library.rice.edu.

Family history-related books added to Woodson Research Center's holdings:

Beginnings of West Tennessee, In the Land of the Chickasaws, 1541-1841

History of the Old Cheraws...

History of Tazewell County, Illinois

Jake Sandefer, Beloved of All His Family and Friends

Some Descendants of Justus Harris

Ann E. F. Henderson's Book...

The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania

Mother Monroe; Pioneer Times in Monroe County; Who's Who in Monroe County Cemetaries

How Proudly We Hail! A Genealogical Study of the Fenner Family

Jackson and Madison County: A Pictorial History
Title
Guide to the Anderson-Greenwood Family History records, 1850-2004, MS 534
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Contact:
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA