Netta Bartholomew Anderson papers
Scope and Contents
The Netta Bartholomew Anderson papers, 1831-1959 and undated, contains Anderson's writings, diaries, correspondence, personal papers, scrapbooks, sketches, and photographs and memorabilia related to the Bartholomew family. The material arranged into nine series: Writings; Diaries and journals; Correspondence; Memorabilia; History of Northwestern Illinois; Newspaper clippings; Sketches, autograph books, and scrapbooks; Books and pamphlets; and Photographs.
- 1831-1959 and undated
Language of Materials
English and German.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.
Netta C. Bartholomew was born 13 April 1873 in Clark City, Missouri to parents Edward Fry (E. F.) and Catherine Bartholomew. She attended schools in Carthage, Illinois, where her father was a professor and then president at Carthage College, until the family was relocated to Rock Island, Illinois, when her father took a job at Augustana College and Theological Seminary in 1888. In 1894, she was one of the first six women to graduate from Augustana College. She was active in student groups at Augustana, belonging to the Augustana Ladies' Choir, Philodoi Quartette, and Adelphic Society. Immediately after graduating, she took a trip abroad with her father to Germany. She spent several months traveling throughout Europe.
She married K. T. Anderson 16 June 1897 in Rock Island where both would remain for their entire lives. Netta Anderson was very active in the community, belonging to many groups including the board of the Bethany Home, the Rock Island's Woman's Club, the Augustana Endowment Fund Society, the Ladies' Aid Society of the Grace Lutheran Church, the Augustana Alumni Association, the Rock Island Choral Society, and the Rock Island Historical Society. She was a founding member of several of these organizations and held various offices.
Throughout her life, she was a prolific writer and speaker. She contributed articles to local papers and Augustana publications and was often asked to speak at meetings for civic groups. Anderson also kept travel journals and a personal diary. She was keenly interested in the history of Rock Island and did much research along these lines, collecting articles and papers of historical interest. She wrote a lengthy article about pioneer women that she presented before the Illinois Historical Society, which was later republished in pamphlet form by the Rock Island Historical Society. This article was the result of personal interviews Anderson conducted with early women settlers from the area.
She remained actively involved with her community and her alma mater until the end of her life; she was stricken with a heart attack while attending the Augustana Alumni Homecoming Banquet on 22 October 1960 at the age of 87.
3.7 Cubic Feet (/ 10 boxes)
Netta C. Bartholomew Anderson was one of the first six women to graduate from Augustana College, earning her degree in 1894. She was active in student groups at Augustana and remained active in the Rock Island community and with the Augustana Alumni Association after graduating. She was an early proponent of women's rights and a prolific writer and researcher. Her topics of interest included the role of women in society, women's history, Rock Island County history, and early Illinois history. The Netta Bartholomew Anderson papers, 1831-1959 and undated, contains Anderson's writings, diaries, correspondence, personal papers, scrapbooks, sketches, and photographs and memorabilia related to the Bartholomew family.
Writings are arranged chronologically with undated materials at the end of the series. Undated writings are organized alphabetically by given or assigned descriptive titles. Diaries and journals and Correspondence are organized chronologically with undated or miscellaneous materials at the end of the corresponding series. Newspaper clippings are arranged alphabetically by subject with miscellaneous clippings at the end of the series. Books and pamphlets and arranged alphabetically except in the case of two larger books that are placed at the beginning of the series. Photographs are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the subject of the photograph. Unidentified photographs can be found at the end of the series. Sketches, autograph books, and scrapbooks are arranged chronologically within each type of media with undated materials at the end of each category.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Existence and Location of Copies
All newspaper clippings were copied onto acid free paper and the originals were discarded. In some cases the clippings were degraded to the point of crumbling. All efforts were made to piece together the articles but this was not always possible -- fragments of articles were discarded if there was not an obvious connection to other articles or topics.
Several articles were copied from original copies of the Lyceum Annual (1892, 1893) and the Augustana Observer (Oct. 1910, Dec. 1910, Nov. 1912, Jan. 1913, May 1913, Nov. 1915). The original periodicals were discarded as they are already represented in other collections in Special Collections holdings.
Existence and Location of Copies
Some materials in this collection have been digitized and made accessible in Digital Special Collections at http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/aug_nbap
Processed by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2007. Revised by Atticus Garrison, August 2016.
- Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Alumni Association
- Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.) -- Students
- Autograph albums
- Bartholomew family
- Bartholomew, E.F. (Edward Fry), 1846-1946
- College students -- Illinois -- History -- 19th century
- Diaries -- Women authors
- Families -- Illinois -- Rock Island County
- First-wave feminism
- Fort Armstrong (Ill.)
- Rock Island (Ill.) -- History
- Rock Island County (Ill.) -- History
- Sketchbooks & albums
- Student notes
- Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Women -- Diaries
- Women college students -- Illinois
- Netta Bartholomew Anderson papers, 1831-1959 and undated.
- Atticus Garrison
- August 2016
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
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