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Ralph A. "Andy" Anderson Papers

Identifier: MSS 0312

Scope and Contents

This collection contains numerous news clippings of articles written both by and about Andy Anderson, mostly regarding his charity work with veterans. Also included are photographs from charity events and fishing trips with veterans, sympathy notes and letters, scrapbooks, hunting and fishing maps and magazine articles. Anderson's correspondence includes letters from notable Houstonians, local and national charities, Veterans organizations, and men in the Texas prison system.


  • 1890-1966


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from MSS 0312 Ralph A. "Andy" Anderson Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.


Ralph A. "Andy" Anderson, Sr., sportswriter and humanitarian, son of John and Anna Anderson, was born on May 14, 1890, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After two years at Carnegie Institute of Technology, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 at Fort Logan, Colorado, and served in the mounted engineers. In 1920 he married Ruby Rose Ellison and they had one son, Ralph A. Anderson, Jr. Andy was city editor and sports editor of the Houston Post from 1919 to 1923. While with the Post, Anderson was honored for his efforts in helping to establish sandlot baseball in Houston and the Houston Amateur Baseball Federation. In 1923 he became sports editor of the Houston Press, with which he was affiliated the rest of his life. He wrote a column on hunting and fishing along the Texas Gulf Coast and conducted a radio program on outdoor sports for several years. In 1923 he also went into business constructing and operating golf courses in several small towns around Houston. During World War II, Anderson promoted the sale of war bonds and subsequently began rehabilitation work with returning disabled war veterans. This work included developing social and recreational activities with an emphasis on the outdoors. He invented attachments for sports equipment to permit persons with various disabilities to participate. Under his direction, annual wild-game dinners were instituted in several veterans' hospitals in South Texas. Anderson visited numerous Veterans Administration hospitals throughout the United States as volunteer-at-large to entertain and instruct the veterans in recreational pursuits. Through his efforts, a park for handicapped veterans was established on the east shore of Lake Houston. Later, the park was named for him. In 1953 he was chosen National Fisherman of the Year and was elected to the Fishing Hall of Fame of the Sportsman's Club of America. Through his column, Andy served as an intermediary between those in need and those in a position to help and he received national recognition for his work. An elementary school in southwest Houston was named for him in 1961. He died on January 24, 1956, at his home in Houston.


4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The papers are arranged into four series based on the original order of the collection: Early Life and World War I, World War II and Charity Work, Sporting and Personal Documents, and Sympathy Letters and Testimonials.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ralph A. Anderson, Jr., 1987

Ralph A. "Andy" Anderson Papers
Ginger Berni
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77002