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Mss: 831 1867-1907 A552

Anderson, William H., 1836-1902. William H. Anderson Papers, 1867-1907: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss: 831 1867-1907 A552
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: William H. Anderson papers
Date(s): 1867-1907
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Lowell, Massachusetts lawyer William H. Anderson including notes and court documents pertaining to his client, the Erie Telegraph and Telephone Company, circa 1867-1907.


Purchase, 2012.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2012
By: Samuel Bauer

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: William H. Anderson Papers. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical and Biographical Note:

William H. Anderson, a lawyer of Lowell, Massachusetts, was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire in 1836. He attended Yale and graduated in 1859. He then went on to study law in Massachusetts at the office of Morse & Stevens, passing his bar exam in 1862. He established himself in Lowell, Massachusetts and became one of the most prominent trial lawyers in the state. At the age of 66 he passed away on April 14, 1902. Among his clients was the Erie Telegraph and Telephone Company which had its headquarters in Lowell. The Erie Telegraph and Telephone Company was formed in 1883 as the result of a syndicate of telephone and telegraph investors in Lowell who purchased several small telephone companies in Minnesota, Arkansas, South Dakota, Texas, and Ohio. Among the investors were Charles J. Glidden, William A. Ingham, Alonzo A. Coburn, Loren N. Downs, and William H. Bent.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The papers of William H. Anderson document his work as a lawyer in Lowell, Massachusetts. His papers, 1867-1907, include case notes, correspondence, and financial statements. The records pertaining to Anderson's client, the Erie Telegraph and Telephone Company, consist of meeting minutes, financial records, and documents pertaining to litigation with Coburn, Ingham, Downs, and Bent.

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Additional Index Terms

Telecommunication--United States.
Butler, Benjamin F., (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893.
Erie Telephone and Telegraph Company.