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1913 Thanksgiving Menu at Anderson College

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According to the 1914 Sororian Annual, the Thanksgiving meal held on campus in 1913 was quite a feast! The Kollege Kalendar [sic] listed Thanksgiving as being on November 27 and described it as such: "Eight course dinner and preachers galore."




1913 Anderson College Thanksgiving dinner menu:
Oyster Cocktail
Consomme Princess
Salted Almonds
Salted Fish
Sauce Tartare
Bread and Butter Sandwiches
Roast Turkey
Cranberry Jelly
Chestnut Stuffing
Creamed Potatoes
Rice and Gravy
Green Peas and Pimentoes
White Sauce
Dinner Biscuits
Grape Fruit and Celery Salad
Saltine Crackers
Frozen Pudding
Bride's Cake
Crackers Cheese
Cafe Noir

Who Was Myra P. Anderson?

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A faculty member recently passed on some scanned pages taken from a copy of the Anderson Daily Mail from November 5, 1949. These pages featured a Who’s Who of Anderson College graduates and current leaders. The people listed are many of whom we can and should be proud: missionaries, educators, political leaders, musicians, and physicians, among others. One of the names stood out: Myra Anderson. Having the same name as the town and the university was intriguing. Who was she? Reading her brief biography only drew more interest and began a flurry of searching online; however, we still have questions about this woman and her life. If you can help us fill in the blanks, please let us know.  

Myra Anderson was born in Anderson, South Carolina, in 1894 to Sally McPherson Browne and Joseph Anderson. Her mother died in 1898 when she was four years old. Her father remarried and was soon widowed again. At some point he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he died in 1924.

Ms. Anderson entered Anderson College and graduated with an A.B. in 1920 MA_votes_Sororian1920at the age of 26. Thanks to our digitized copies of the Sororian (the Anderson College yearbook) we know that she was very active while a student and was president of the Student Government   Association during the 1919-1920 school year, served as Literary Society Editor for the Orion, and played in the Student Volunteer Band. She was also voted Most Popular and Most Dependable.  

Anderson continued her education at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee, and then went to Japan as a missionary in 1922 through the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. According to her memorial in the Seventeenth Annual Report of the Woman's Division of Christian Service of the Board of Missions of The Methodist Church (1956) she taught at Kobe, Hiroshima Girls School, and Frasier Institute. She came back to the United States at the onset of World War II and worked in a Japanese internment camp in Seagoville, Texas. In the transcripts of the Japanese American World War II Evacuation Oral History Project Dr. Amy Stannard (interviewed in 1978) mentions Myra Anderson’s service and help during that time:

“[We] were able to recruit an American missionary teacher who had not been able to get back to her post in Hiroshima after Pearl Harbor. She was an excellent interpreter of the Japanese language and culture and served as a highly satisfactory liaison between the Japanese group and the American administration… [Her] name was Myra Anderson. She went back to Japan just as soon as she possibly could after the war. She was so devoted to the Japanese people. She was required to take a whole year's supply of provisions with her before they [occupied Japan] would let her come back.”


 We know from the brief biographical sketch in the newspaper that once the war was over she returned to Japan at the “invitation of the War Department as official escort for 4,500 Japanese who were being repatriated... [She] was the first civilian woman to enter the country after the surrender.” The Seventeenth Annual Report of the Woman's Division of Christian Service of the Board of Missions of The Methodist Church (1956) states that she was a faculty member at Hiroshima Jo Gakuin from 1946 until her return to the United States in 1955.



The memorial mentions that she died of a lingering illness and we know that she passed away in California in 1955, which raises many questions. Does her early entry back into Japan after the bombing have anything to do with the illness and her demise? Records state that her father died in North Carolina and not in Anderson in the 1920s, so did she still have family in this area? Is she buried in California or here in South Carolina? The search for more information on Myra Anderson has begun! If you know more about her or know of any family members still here in the Anderson area, please contact us as we would love to find out about this amazing alumna of Anderson College.


Sources used:
Anderson College. Sororian 1920 Yearbook. Anderson SC: Graduating Class of 1920, 1920. Anderson University Archives, Anderson University.
Clark, Paul F. Interview with Dr. Amy N. Stannard. November 30, 1978. California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program Japanese American Project . Department of Justice Internment Camps Administration Experience O.H. 1615. The Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton. Accessed via the Online Archive of California 7 November 2013.
“Leaders and Graduates of Anderson College,” Anderson Daily Mail, November 5, 1949.
Methodist Church (U.S.). 1956. Seventeenth Annual report of the Woman's Division of Christian Service of the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church. New York: The Division.

Spanish Influenza Epidemic at Anderson College

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From the photograph album of Kathleen Haynie, ’21, Anderson University Digital Archives. (Courtesy of George W. Haynie ’70. )

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic (from 1917 to 1919) infected over 20 million people and killed over 850,000. Anderson College students were quarantined and no visitors were allowed on campus. Dr. Olga Pruitt, Anderson College Physician 1913-1956, was very proud that not a single student life was lost during the flu epidemic of 1918-1919. See Appendix C in Kathryn Copeland, Dr. Annie Dove Denmark: South Carolina’s First Female College President (Charleston: History Press, 2011), page 125.

(Blog content courtesy of Dr. Joyce Wood)






Fall Break!

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Thrift Library Fall Break Hours


Wednesday: 8am - 7pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 7pm - Midnight


What will YOU be doing during fall break?


Harvey Gill Family, 1912, (MS330_142) Charles Elliott Gill Photograph Collection, Missouri State Archives (public domain)



New Databases: Medical, Statistics, Book Reviews, and more!

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We've added a host of new databases this year, so check them out.


  • NEW! - AAFP Conditions A to Z (STAT!Ref)    
    AAFP Conditions A to Z is a handy patient-information tool that’s been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
  • NEW! - Anatomy and Physiology Online (STAT!Ref)    
    Includes 20 modules with clear 3D images and interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, dissection slides you can label, clinical case studies, the impact of aging on each body systems, pronunciation guide, quizzes and much more.
  • NEW! - Choice Reviews Online  
    Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.
  • NEW! - MedCalc 3000 (STAT!Ref)    
    MedCalc 3000 is a collection of over 520 calculators, clinical criteria sets and decision trees that are indispensable to anyone practicing, teaching or studying evidence-based medicine.
  • NEW! - Statista  
    Provides statistics, charts and graphs on over 60,000 topics. Particularly strong in Business.
  • NEW! Mergent InvestorEdge  
    This database provides a powerful business research tool, access to the documents and financial information you need for each individual company and incorporates the latest reserch technology for comprehensive investment research. It includes corporate documents such as annual, industry and equity reports as well as general contact information for each domestic and international company found in the database.
  • NEW! Oxford Reference  
    Oxford Reference contains almost 40 e-reference Books- encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.- on all topics. Caution, while Oxford Reference does not require a user name, password, or personal subscription, not all content is accessible. Consequently we recommend that you limit your search to Full Text. Titles identified with a padlock icon are not available.
  • NEW! University Publishing Online  
    A new eBook Platform – University Publishing Online has been added to manage both eBooks and journals from Cambridge, Boydell & Brewer, Edinburgh University Press, etc.
    Users can limit their searches to library-owned content or use the platform as an index to identify materials available through Interlibrary Loan. Currently contains over 100 eBooks.

OneSearch Party!

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On Thursday, April 11th, the library hosted a party to introduce our new resource, OneSearch! OneSearch allows users to search all the library's resources at once! For more information, please visit


OneSearch Cake

New in the Library - April 2013

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NEW DATABASE!  Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN)
Provides a library of 20,000+ theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 132 different institutions. Also included in the database are conference papers presented at annual meeting of several academic societies. Some titles are available in full text, while others may be ordered online. The library has a pre-paid account that covers 500 free downloads a year. (Not currently accessible off campus- contact library for password).


The Ethics of Reality TV: A Philosophical Examination 
By Wendy Wyatt and Kristie Bunton
PN 1992.8.R43E84 2012
A book that evaluates the effect of reality television on society.  The work of leading scholars in the field of media ethics provide an examination of key issues surrounding the genre.


Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species
By Ian Stirling
QL737.C27S7266 2011
A fascinating book about the natural life cycle of a polar bear.  The book is written by a polar bear scientist and based on his extensive research.  Their life, history, and behavior are explored, as well as the threats to their species.


Photographing the Mexican Revolution
By John Mraz
F1234.M93317 2012
The Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920 is well documented with photographs.  In this book, the author-historian analyzes the pictures to discover the history behind them.

Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts
N328.G73 2012
A comprehensive guide to schools that offer a Master’s degree or other advanced degree in art studies including studio art and design, art education, conservation and historic preservation, and film production.

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