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Arthur W. Anderson Papers, 1949-2000View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1953-1980
The Arthur W. Anderson Papers consist of materials generated and collected by Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Oregon State College alumnus, Dr. Arthur Wallace Anderson. Anderson graduated from Oregon State College (OSC) in 1952, having earned a PhD in Bacteriology, with minors in Biochemistry and Dairy Husbandry. He worked at OSC from 1953 until his retirement in 1980. The records mostly pertain to Anderson's research at Oregon State University and several European research institutes.
ID: MSS AndersonA
Extent: 1.7 cubic feet
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Biographical / Historical Notes
Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation: Arthur W. Anderson Papers (MSS AndersonA), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: The collection was donated to the former University Archives by Arthur and Jean (Fuller) Anderson in May 2001.
Acquired: 2001.
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Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1960-2001 Add to Shelf
Biographical records, personal documents, and keepsakes are organized into Series 1. Records in this series include resumes, curriculum vitae, and publications lists; certificates of membership and appreciation; financial records and patent information; and materials relating to personnel materials during Anderson’s tenure at Oregon State College. Of particular note in this series is a group of records that suggest Anderson may have applied to serve as Chair of the Department of Microbiology.
Box-Folder 1.1: Curriculum vitae, list of publications, circa 1960-2001 Add to Shelf
Includes a passport photograph of Anderson, circa 1990.
Box-Folder 1.2: Certificates, 1972-1976 Add to Shelf
Includes New York Academy of Sciences certificate of membership and two Certificates of Appreciation from Kiwanis International.
Box-Folder 1.3: Personnel materials Add to Shelf
Includes a dossier of materials that suggests Anderson may have applied to serve as Chair of the Department of Microbiology.
Box-Folder 1.4: Financial records and patents, 1976-1991 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-2000 Add to Shelf

Series 2 is primarily comprised of correspondence relating to Anderson’s career and research, and is arranged chronologically. Early correspondence in the series documents Anderson’s application to continue his graduate studies at OSC in 1949; later correspondence includes letters of thanks from other teachers for his advice or for sending cultures, requests for letters of recommendation, and letters regarding consulting work Anderson undertook in his “retirement.”

Of note is a series of correspondence between Anderson and Jolynne Strang, a Paris American High School student stationed in France with her mother and father, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Strang. Their exchange documents Strang’s own work with micrococcus radiodurans, samples of which she received from Anderson. Also included in this series is a letter celebrating the Department of Microbiology’s 90th “birthday” in 1989; included with the letter is a “History of the Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University,” written by W.B. Bollen.

Box-Folder 1.5: 1949-1953 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.6: 1962-1968 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.7: 1978-1989 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.8: 1990-2000 Add to Shelf
Includes correspondence written by Jean Fuller Anderson regarding the Guinness Book of World Records incorrectly attributing the discovery of micrococcus radiodurans to a scientist other than Anderson.
Series 3: Lab Notebook, 1980 Add to Shelf
The single lab notebook comprising Series 3 documents Anderson’s – and his partner, Dan Morton’s – research determining growth response of two strains of Flammulina velutipes (also known as “winter mushroom,” or enoki in Japan), given different substrates or growth mediums.  Growth rates were tested once per week for each growth medium: rye grass supplemented with different concentrations of red oak, and rye grass supplemented with ammonium sulfate ( (NH4)2SO4 ).
Box-Folder 1.9: Growth response of Flammulina velutipes on rye grass, 1980 Add to Shelf
Series 4: Publications, 1956-1980 Add to Shelf
Series 4 contains reprints of published articles authored by Arthur Anderson. The majority of the publications center on Anderson’s research with micrococcus radiodurans, clostridium botulinum, and staphylococcus aureus; the irradiation of food; and survival rates of food-borne pathogens and toxins after radiation. Also included are reprints of articles documenting Anderson’s research into economically feasible uses for agricultural wastes, namely the fermentation or hydrolyzation of straw to increase nutritive value and/or produce glucose isomerase. Materials in this series are arranged chronologically.
Box-Folder 1.10: Bacteria in bread dough fermentations, 1971 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.11: Irradiation and food toxins, 1956-1973 Add to Shelf
Includes Anderson's work with micrococcus radiodurans, clostridium botulinum, and staphylococcus aureus.
Box-Folder 1.12: Irradiation and food toxins, undated Add to Shelf
Includes Anderson's work with micrococcus radiodurans and the radicidation of seafoods.
Box-Folder 1.13: Microbial processes with economic value, 1978 Add to Shelf
Includes an incomplete copy of the National Science Foudation publication, "Underexploited Microbial Processes with Potential Economic Value." Anderson was a member of the subpanel that worked on chapters dealing with cellulose degredation.
Box-Folder 1.14: Straw - fermentation, as feed, 1975-1980 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.15: Yeasts and molds, 1977 Add to Shelf
Series 5: Reference Materials and Subject Files, 1945-1994 Add to Shelf

Series 5, Reference Materials and Subject Files, is comprised of publications authored by scientists and researchers other than Anderson and serves to further document Anderson’s research interests and the evolution of those interests. Topics include the use of agricultural crop residue and industrial waste as fuel; cellulose fermentation and conversion to ethyl alcohol; toxins and pathogens such as clostridium botulinum and micrococcus radiodurans; food irradiation and preservation; and mushrooms and other fungi.

Of particular note are materials documenting the 4th Annual Nuclear Science Seminar at the Phillips Petroleum Company Materials Testing Reactor (MTR) in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1957. These materials include Press Tour fact sheets regarding Gamma Irradiation Facilities at the MTR, a list of abstracts for papers presented at the seminar, and a booklet about the National Reactor Testing Station situated near Pocatello, Idaho.

Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box-Folder 1.16: Agricultural crop residue and waste, uses, 1978 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.17: Beer brewing and yeast, circa 1955-1993 Add to Shelf
Includes publications by Schwartz Laboratories, Inc.
Box-Folder 1.18: Beer brewing and yeast, undated Add to Shelf
Includes "Microbiology Applied to Brewing," published by the United States Brewing Academy.
Box-Folder 1.19: Casein precipitation of bacteria, 1962 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.20: Cellulose fermentation / conversion and ethyl alcohol, 1976-1980 Add to Shelf
Includes 17 presentation slides on the properties of alcohol and the conversion of cellulose.
Box-Folder 1.21: Clostridium botulinum (botulism), 1961-1968 Add to Shelf
Publications specifically relate to Clostridium botulinum in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries.
Box-Folder 1.22: Consulting, 1977-1994 Add to Shelf
Includes information on consulting Anderson did for the Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos (Institute of Food Technology) in Campinas, Brazil.
Box-Folder 1.23: Corn, nutritional values, circa 1980 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.24: Energy farming, 1979 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.25: Federal Fuels from Biomass program, 1978-1979 Add to Shelf
Includes Volume III, "Feedstock Availability," and Volume V, "Biochemical Conversion of Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals."
Box-Folder 1.26: Fishing and preservation of fish, circa 1960 Add to Shelf
Includes materials in Swedish about Gothenburg, Sweden, and coastal fishing in Sweden.
Box-Folder 1.27: General, applied, and ecological microbiology, 1980 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.28: Greenhouses, circa 1982-1983 Add to Shelf
Includes one aerial photograph of an unidentified processing plant.
Box-Folder 1.29: Industrial microbiology, circa 1972 Add to Shelf
Includes publications used as reference materials or course readings for Industrial Microbiology, MB 447, Utilization of Wastes with Microorganisms.
Box-Folder 1.30: Institute of Food Technologists, Oregon section, 1988-1991 Add to Shelf
Includes a history of the Oregon section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and a membership directory for the IFT.
Box-Folder 1.31: Irradiation and food preservation, 1959-1983 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.32: Irradiation and food toxins, 1945-1959 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.1: Irradiation and food toxins, 1960-1965 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.2: Irradiation and food toxins, 1966-1969 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.3: Irradiation and food toxins, 1970-1984 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.4: Low Temperature Research Station; Cambridge, England, 1962 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.5: Mushrooms and fungi, 1975-1978 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.6: Mushrooms and fungi, 1979-1993 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.7: Mushrooms and health, 1974 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.8: National Conference on Food Protection, 1971 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.9: National Controlled Atmosphere Research Conference, 1981 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.10: Oak mushroom cultivation, 1980 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.11: Passive solar hydroponic greenhouse and classroom, circa 1979 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.12: Phillips Petroleum Company, Materials Testing Reactor (MTR); Idaho Falls, Idaho, 1954-1957 Add to Shelf
Includes materials relating to the 4th Annual Nuclear Science Seminar held at the Materials Testing Reactor in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1957.
Box-Folder 2.13: Pulp mill waste and slime growth, 1971 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.14: Pyrolysis of industrial waste, 1977 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.15: Radiation sterilization of medical products, 1972 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.16: Straw - fermentation, use as feed, 1968-1981 Add to Shelf
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1955-1970 Add to Shelf
The photographs in Series 6 document Anderson’s lab work, and include images of lab mice, and of the gel electrophoresis unit Anderson created to test for food toxins (disassembled). Also included are microscopic images of micrococcus radiodurans and sarcina RS, and photographs of presentation charts and graphs.
Box-Folder 2.17: Laboratory mice receiving injections, circa 1955-1970 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.18: Photographs of charts and graphs, circa 1955-1970 Add to Shelf
Charts show products derived from aspartic acid and other members of the aspartic and glutamic family. Graphs show percent survival of radiation-resistant micrococcus pyogenes var aureus.
Box-Folder 2.19: Arthur Anderson, circa 1955-1970 Add to Shelf
Anderson pictured in a lab, adjusting unidentified scientific apparatus. An unidentified woman in a labcoat stands to Anderson's left.
Box-Folder 2.20: Images of micrococcus radiodurans and sarcina RS, circa 1955-1970 Add to Shelf
Includes an image of lanthanum-stained sarcina.
Box-Folder 2.21: Unidentified scientific apparatus, circa 1955-1970 Add to Shelf
The apparatus is comprised of the following: electrodes, cooling chambers, upper and lower reservoirs, gel slot, and assembling bolts. May be a photograph of Anderson's gel eletrophoresis unit, used to detect the presence of toxins in food. Includes two negatives.
Box-Folder 2.22: Negatives, circa 1955-1970 Add to Shelf
Negatives depict an unidentified scientific apparatus, a chart showing culture turbidity for different elements (potassium, manganese), and two graphs showing correlation between protein factor and acid production in milk.
Box-Folder 2.23: Images of microscope slides showing cell division, circa 1958 Add to Shelf
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