Frederick M. Anderson Papers

Identifier: 84-01

Scope and Contents

The Frederick M. Anderson papers are dated from 1929-1984. The collection has been divided into five series documenting Anderson's medical practice, his term on the University of Nevada Board of Regents, the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Anderson's political involvement, and his personal papers. Within each series, materials consist of correspondence, reports, notes, speeches, and printed material.

Dr. Anderson selected the papers to be included in the collection and many of them are annotated with his personal comments. Pages of material which he stapled together to form a unit have been kept intact and his handwritten explanations on cards remain affixed to the papers. Cards of handwritten notes used in his oral history are also part of the collection. In general, the material in the collection consists of papers which Dr. Anderson believed to be important and of lasting value.


  • 1929-1984


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Frederick Mather Anderson was born near Elko, Nevada on January 17, 1906. He attended several public schools and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1928, with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1929, he received a Rhodes Scholarship and entered St. Johns College, Oxford, England. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with First Honors from the School of Physiology in 1932. He graduated cum laude from the Harvard Medical School in 1934 and interned in several hospitals in the eastern United States.

He began the practice of medicine in Nevada in 1938, served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1941-1945, and then resumed private practice in Reno in 1946. Dr. Anderson became associated with Washoe Medical Center and was named Chief of Staff there in 1954. He served as president of the Nevada State Medical Association in 1955 and chairman of the Washoe County Board of Health in 1958. Specializing in cancer research, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Reno Cancer Center from 1956-1984 and was president of the Nevada Division of the American Cancer Society from 1946-1978. Other special interests include research in drug abuse and Indian medicine. Dr. Anderson formally retired from medical practice in 1983.

In 1956, Dr. Anderson was elected to the University of Nevada Board of Regents, serving from 1957-1979 and as chairman from 1965-1968. He was an active figure in University of Nevada affairs and instrumental in the founding and development of the University of Nevada School of Medicine on the Reno campus in 1969. He was also active in politics, running for the U.S. Senate in 1958, and involved in community projects and organizations.

Dr. Anderson died in Reno, Nevada on January 28, 2003.


5.2 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection contains material relating to Dr. Anderson's medical practice, his term on the University of Nevada Board of Regents, the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Anderson's political involvement and personal papers. Material includes correspondence, reports, notes, speeches, and printed material from 1929-1984.


The collection is divided into the following series: 1) Medical Practice; 2) University of Nevada Board of Regents; 3) University of Nevada School of Medicine; 4) Politics; 5) Personal Papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers donated by Dr. Fred Anderson in 1984.

Related Materials

An oral history, completed by Dr. Anderson in 1985 for the Oral History Program of the University of Nevada, entitled Frederick M. Anderson, M.D.: Surgeon, Regent, and Dabbler in Politics, is available for research use.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1984-31.



Guide to the Papers of Frederick M. Anderson
Lenore Kosso and Lucy Scheid
August 1985
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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