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Allan W. Anderson Papers, 1949-2010 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Allan W. Anderson Papers, 1949-2010Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1970-1990

Primary Creator: Anderson, Allan W. (1922-2013)

Extent: 5.85 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 07/27/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Audio Recordings, Personal Papers

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Allan W. Anderson Papers (1949-2010) document Dr. Anderson’s work as a poet and academic in religious studies. The majority of the material dates from 1970 to 1990 with sparse documentation from pre-1970 and post-2000. These files document some of Anderson’s creative processes for his published works including the children’s book Songs from the Mifflinger Sea and A Little Cove of Nonsense, as well as unpublished materials. His collection includes poems, lectures, correspondence, research papers, student work, newspaper clippings, and audio visual materials. Highlights include drafts of some of his most prominent writings such as Reflections on the I Ching and Self-Transformation and the Oracular, in addition to correspondence concerning the publication of his dialogues with Jiddu Krishnamurti, A Wholly Different Way of Living. The collection consists of five series: Personal Papers (1949-1994), Published and Unpublished Writings (1963-2010), Krishnamurti (1958-2003), San Diego State University Public Lectures (1966-1988), San Diego State University Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments (1964-1993).

The Personal Papers (1949-1994) consist of four sub-series, Correspondence (1969-1974), Graduate and Doctoral Coursework (1956-1960), Jeannette Anderson (circa 1970’s), and Notes and Consultations (1949-1994). The Correspondence sub-series contains letters to friends and organizations, while the Graduate and Doctoral Coursework sub-series is compiled of papers and theses written by Anderson for his graduate and doctoral programs.  The Jeannette Anderson sub-series contains interviews conducted for The Good Life by Jeannette Anderson, a wife of Allan Anderson. Finally, the Notes and Consultations sub-series encompasses a range of materials from a drawing of a broad-nosed crocodile drawn by Anderson in 1949, to I-Ching oracles and accounts of dreams. Materials are arranged alphabetically within their sub-series.

The Published and Unpublished Writings (1963-2010) series is divided into eight sub-series, Poetry (n.d.), Essays and Presentations (1967-1997), Lectures (1968-1980), Books and Manuscripts (n.d.), Notes and References (n.d.), Critiques and Reviews (1963-1992), Forwards and Prefaces (n.d.), and Articles, Journals and Newsletters (1977-2003). The Poetry sub-series contains several sub-sub-series: Poetry by Title, Poetry by Subject, and Drafts and Revisions, and the materials are most commonly of religious and spiritual themes corresponding to Dr. Anderson’s professional work as a religious studies professor. Revised originals of his most recent publication, Songs from the Mifflinger Sea and A little cove of Nonsense, and their accompanying audio and visual materials, can also be found within Drafts and Revisions. The second sub-series, Essays and Presentations, contains copies of papers submitted by Anderson to The International Foundation for New Human Paradigms in Guadalajara, Mexico, and some shorter meditations on religion and philosophical subjects. The Lectures sub-series includes copies and transcripts of lectures and sermons given by Anderson. The fourth sub-series, Books and Manuscripts, includes drafts of the creative process for some of Dr. Anderson’s published and unpublished works of religious thought and fiction, such as The Owl and the Pussy-Cat: Plain Talk on Self-Change, and The Pool, an unpublished novel. The Notes and References sub-series documents Anderson's creative processes on a wide range of spiritual and philosophical subjects. Critiques and Reviews is mainly composed of reviews by Anderson for other authors in his field, with some correspondence with editors. The Forwards and Prefaces sub-series is similarlarly composed of introductions by Anderson for books written by his colleagues. Articles, Journals and Newsletters is a sub-series composed of published materials relating to Anderson's work in religion and spirituality such as the Friends of Jung Newsletter and Inner Directions Journal, both of which featured presentations by Anderson in their publications. Materials are arranged alphabetically within their sub-series.

The J. Krishnamurti (1958-2003) series mainly documents correspondence between Dr. Anderson and the Krishnamurti Foundation regarding his dialogues with Jiddu Krishnamurti in A Wholly Different Way of Living. This series also contains addresses made by Anderson about Krishnamurti and a manuscript of The Kitchen Chronicles: 1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti by Michael Krohnen. Materials are arranged alphabetically within this series.

The San Diego State University Public Lectures (1966-1988) series contains records of presentations by Dr. Anderson at SDSU, and includes several highlights such as Patience: The Spiritual Warrior's Virtue from the SDSU Philosophy Colloquium and On the Nature of Religious Language from the Humanities Division Lecture Series. Materials are arranged alphabetically within this series.

The San Diego State University Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments (1964-1993) series is divided into four sub-series, Course Materials (1970-1981), Student Lecture Notes (1964-1983), Student Coursework (1978-1993), and Department and Faculty Materials (1966-1988). The Course Materials sub-series contains references and materials used by Dr. Anderson in his religious studies courses at San Diego State, some of which were written by him specifically for the courses. The Student Lecture Notes sub-series contains notes and transcriptions by students regarding Dr. Anderson's lectures. This sub-series also includes tape recordings of lectures in 1977, which are arranged chronologically. They have been digitized, and are available in virtual folders. The digitized lectures are physically housed on CDs, which are listed in the finding aid above their corresponding tapes as items. The Student Coursework sub-series includes student writing assignments with annotations and recorded class lectures by Dr. Anderson while teaching at SDSU, and focus on the analysis of religious writings such as those used in Christianity, Taoism, and the use of I-Ching hexagrams. The Religious Studies Department and Faculty Materials sub-series is mainly composed of inter-departmental correspondence on faculty and courses, and includes a humorous letter on the usage of ‘FERP’ in the department. Materials are arranged alphabetically within their sub-series.

Biographical Note

Dr. Allan W. Anderson was born in Hastings, New Zealand on July 18, 1922 but grew up in England. He moved to the United States in 1936 where he remained the majority of his life. He received a B.A. in history and general science in 1944 from Washington Missionary College, an M.A. in English literature from Trinity College in 1951, and a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Columbia University in 1960. He was an instructor at the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington DC from 1947-1949, and was later a radio newscaster and announcer in Hartford, Connecticut, where he also worked as a social worker.

Anderson began teaching at SDSU in 1962 and retired in 1985. He was a founder of the Department of Religious Studies, established in 1969. He taught courses on philosophy of religion, metaphysics, ethics, scripture, and psychology with a focus on Hindu and Chinese canons. Additionally, he received the 1970 California State Distinguished Teaching Award and the Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award for 1982 and 1983.

His published works range from religious writings to children’s literature and fiction. Some of his works include Oracles of Love, Sonnets Toward Self-Change, The Hastings Papers, and Songs from the Mifflinger Sea and a little cove of Nonsense. Perhaps his most well-known works are the eighteen one-hour dialogues between Anderson and Jiddu Krishnamurti entitled A Wholly Different Way of Living. The talks were broadcast every Sunday on KPBS from January to April, 1975, and were later published as a book.

In addition to his accomplishments in academia, Anderson founded Metanoia, a group for the study of self-transformation in La Jolla. He also participated in the Berkeley Regional Seminar in Confucian Studies and lectured regularly for the San Diego Friends of Jung organization.

Allan W. Anderson passed away in 2013.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2010-024, 2011-043

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in the materials found in this collection have not been transferred to San Diego State University.  Special Collections and University Archives can only grant permission to publish materials for which it is the copyright holder.  For further information, please consult the section on copyright in the rules for using the collections, or contact the United States Copyright Office at (202) 707-3000 or http://www.copyright.gov.

Related Materials: Jiddu Krishnamurti Papers, 1935-1975

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Allan W. Anderson Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: An oral history of Allan Anderson was recorded on July 17, 2009. Dr. Anderson's oral history documents his teaching philosophy, his love of language and literature, and his interests in Eastern philosophy and the wisdom tradition. Especially noteworthy are Dr. Anderson's readings of two poems from his children's book of poetry titled, Songs from the Mifflinger Sea and a Little Cove of Nonsense. Dr. Anderson also describes his ideal student-teacher relationship, and his teaching methods.


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[Series 1: Personal Papers (1949-1994)],
[Series 2: Published and Unpublished Writings (1963-2010)],
[Series 3: J. Krishnamurti],
[Series 4: San Diego State University Public Lectures],
[Series 5: San Diego State University Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments],
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Series 5: San Diego State University Philosophy and Religious Studies DepartmentsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Course MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Approaches to the Meaning of Ming in the I-Ching with Particular Reference to Self-Cultivation - Course RS581 Power and Presence, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Artistotle's Four Becauses by Max HocuttAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Asvagosha's The Awakening of Faith - Course Notes, 1981Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oracular Studies - Course Materials, Spring 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Religious Studies 121A : Oriental Religions - Course Materials, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Religious Studies 121B : Chinese Thought, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Religious Studies 581 Course Materials, 1981Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Student Lecture NotesAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Eros and Agàpé : Q & A between Dr. Anderson and StudentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Owl and the Pussy-Cat Class Notes and References, May 18, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Philosophy 135 Course Materials, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Philosophy 135 Lecture Notes, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Philosophy of Religion 235, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Q & A on Relationships, Transcribed from a Recording of a Course Lecture, November 11, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Religious Studies 140 - Workbook and Exegetical Manual OutlineAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Religious Studies 496/508 Course Materials, 1982Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Religious Studies Course Notes : Desire, Hope, Philosophy of ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Melissa Langham - Class Notes, 1981Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Spiritual Traditions of the Far East - Transcriptions of Lectures and Notes by Linnea Beck, Spring 1983Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: CD, Digitized Lecture Tapes - Ways of Spiritual Transformation, February 15 - March 8, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 2: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 1, February 15, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 2, February 15, 22, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 3, February 22, 1977 / March 1, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Item 6: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 5, March 1, 8, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: CD, Digitized Lecture Tapes - Ways of Spiritual Transformation, March 22 - April 12, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 8: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 6, March 22, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Item 10: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 8, March 29, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 11: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 9, April 12, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 12: CD, Digitized Lecture Tapes - Ways of Spiritual Transformation, April 12 - May 3, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 13: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 10, April 12, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 14: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 11, April 26, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 15: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 12, April 26, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 16: Ways of Spiritual Transformation - Cassette Tape 13, May 3, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 17: CD, Digitized Lecture Tapes - The Oracular Tradition, Part 1 (Tapes 1-3), Fall 1977Add to your cart.
Item A: The Oracular Tradition - Cassette Tape 1Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Item 18: CD, Digitized Lecture Tapes - The Oracular Tradition Part 2 (Tapes 4-6), November 16 - December 7, Fall 1977Add to your cart.
Item 19: The Oracular Tradition - Cassette Tape 4, November 16, 30, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 20: The Oracular Tradition - Cassette Tape 5, December 7, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 21: The Oracular Tradition - Cassette Tape 6, December 7, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 22: CD, Allan W. Anderson Digitized Lectures Back-Up Disc, 1977Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Student CourseworkAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Adriadne, Mistress of the Labyrinth by Christine DowningAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Artemis : The Goddess Who Comes From Afar by Christine DowningAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Beginning with Gaea by Christine DowningAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Class Papers and Notes by Barbara Asaro, 1978, 1980-1983Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 8: Coming to Terms with Hera and Your Old Men Shall Dream Dreams by Christine DowningAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Dear Grey Eyes : A Revaluation of Pallas Athene by Christine DowningAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 10: Goddess-Sent Madness and To Keep us Imagining : The Child by Christine DowningAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 11: "Persephone in Hades" in Anima : An Experimental Journal - Vol. 4, No. 1 by Christine Downing, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: Shelley - Fragments of a Master's ThesisAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 13: Student Exigesis Group : Notes and Essays on John's PrologueAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 14: Student I-Ching HexagramsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Student Poems : Glover DavisAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Student Seminar : Teachings of Don Juan, 1993Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Sub-Series 4: Department and Faculty MaterialsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 17: CAL Personnel Committee, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Collective Bargaining Argument - Articles, Correspondence, 1966, 1969, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence : Professor Ray Jordan and Usage of 'FERP', 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Critical Review of Proposed Religious Studies Courses, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Irving Gefter Peer Review, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 22: On the Contribution to College and University of an Introductory Course in Religious Studies by Allan AndersonAdd to your cart.

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