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F. Paul Anderson Papers, Bulk, 1895-1925

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Finding aid prepared by Amanda Mardis


F. Paul Anderson Papers


Bulk, 1895-1925


University of Kentucky Special Collections


This collection is arranged by subject in four series.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

0000UA019 : [identification of item], F. Paul Anderson Papers, 1884-1959, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


3.12 Cubic feet

8 boxes


This collection contains materials relating to F. Paul Anderson, former Dean of the College of Engineering. These include engineering projects, University of Kentucky papers, College of Engineering papers, letterbooks, UK's Golden Jubilee, a scrapbook, and an Anderson medal on wood.


Dean F. Paul Anderson was born on Febuary 10, 1867 in South Bend, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 1890, and then went on to receive his Master's of Engineering, also at Purdue, in 1894. In 1891, Anderson became a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky, but wanted to return to Indiana to become the superintendent of Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company where his father had been superintendent as well. After five years he decided to stay at the University of Kentucky as a professor. During his years in Kentucky, he built the engineering program from a few classes to a full engineering course offered at the university. In 1917, he became the first dean of the College of Engineering at UK.

Dean Anderson also contributed to the engineering world during his time at the University of Kentucky. He was an engineer for the Southern Railway Company for twenty-five years. Anderson also promoted the advancement of the x-ray in the United States. Later on in life, he was the director and later President of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers and member of the National Research Council. In 1930, The American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers honored Anderson by naming a gold medal of award after him that is annually given to a member of the society for outstanding achievement.

Dean Anderson died from a long suffered illness on April 8, 1934, survived by his wife Josephine E. Fisher Anderson, daughter Mrs. Richard W. Bozeman, son F. Paul Anderson Jr., and grandchildren Betty Jo Anderson and Richard W. Bozeman.

Scope and Content

The F. Paul Anderson papers contain seven boxes of materials, 1884-1959, predominantly documenting 1895-1925. Engineering Projects include contracts, proposals, and plans for various projects throughout the eastern portion of the United States and Mexico. Many of the projects centered on placing electricity in government buildings in the city of Lexington, such as the Court House and Public Library. Other projects include the Eastern State Hospital, Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, and the University of Kentucky. Railroad projects include the Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Texas Pacific Railway Co., Leigh Valley RR Co., and Pennsylvania RR Co. There is also a small section relating to the work Anderson did with x-rays.

The collection also contains materials relating to the University of Kentucky and the College of Engineering. These papers include various university reports by Anderson, general UK news and history pamphlets. The collection of the College of Engineering includes general news and information, engineering students activities, and UK inspection trips that Anderson headed are also featured. Available as well are UK's Golden Jubilee correspondence by Anderson in two bound volumes.

Personal papers of Mrs. Virginia Anderson and Ethel Jelly are included, along with Christmas cards, a scrapbook of Anderson's death, and photographs of Anderson as well.

Three letterbooks of Anderson from 1895-1898, Christmas cards, and a scrapbook created by Anderson are also featured in the collection. An award named after Anderson and a metal relief of Anderson are also included.


  • University of Kentucky. College of Engineering.
  • University of Kentucky.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections and Digital Programs.

Collection Inventory

I Engineering Projects, 1884-1908
Scope and Content Note:

This series contains contracts, proposals, and plans for various engineering projects of F. Paul Anderson in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Mexico, and railroads.

Bills, etc, 1897-1899
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, 1908
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Eastern State Hospital and Board of Prison Commissioners & Frankfort Chair Co, 1898-1899
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
City of Lexington, 1885
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Scope and Content Note:

The City of Lexington folder includes projects for the City Engine House, a document "To Provide Against Injury to Life...," and specifications for lighting by electricity or by electricity and gas.

Fayette County Court House, 1898-1899
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Scope and Content Note:

The Fayette County Court House folder contains papers for various projects on the building, including installation of electric light, power, heating and steam plants, installation of electric wiring systems, and a document concerning Joseph McWilliams and the Court House.

Lexington Public Library, 1902
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Miscellaneous Buildings in Kentucky, 1895-1902
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Scope and Content Note:

The miscellaneous building in Kentucky folder contains materials for the Episcopal School-Corbin, the Protestant Infirmary-Lexington, Frankfort Ordinance, Combs Lumber Company (Tobacco barn and boilers for Elmendorf Farms, Kentucky Water Works-Franklin, Citizens National Bank-Winchester, Warehouse-Jones Brothers, Electric light plant-Nicholasville.

Ohio, Tennessee, Mexico, 1892-1895
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Scope and Content Note:

The folder contains several engineering projects in Ohio, Tennessee, and Mexico including, lighting-Cincinnati, Refrigeration proposal-Cincinnati, Electric light plant-Hamilton, OH, Board of Water Works and Electric Light Trustees-Madisonville, OH, Mechanical Hall for school of Arts and Sciences, and specifications for light plant-Chattanooga, TN.

Phoenix Hotel, 1903
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway Co. Correspondence, 1887-1899
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
C, NO and TP RR Co. business papers, also Lehigh Valley RR Co. and Pennsylvania RR Co, 1884-1904
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
Tests Reports, 1897-1901
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Buildings and Equipment for use on campus, 1891-1899
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

The folder includes projects and equipment for the University of Kentucky campus, including boilers, Hall of Natural Science, gym, drill hall, and a new dorm.

II University of Kentucky, Bulk, 1890-1920
Scope and Content Note:

This series contains various materials regarding the University of Kentucky. This includes reports and inspections written by Anderson, copies of the Kentucky Kernel, materials on the University of Kentucky's Golden Jubilee, and papers on the College of Engineering.

i Reports, Inspections, Kentucky Kernel, 1890-1955
Reports of Dean to President James K. Patterson, 1892-1902
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Reports to President Henry S. Barker, 1911-1913
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Reports and Letters to Board of Trustees, 1891-1903
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
Matriculates, 1893-1903
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Correspondence Concerning Vacancy, 1897
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
Special Committee Reports, 1890
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Mechanical Arts Section of American Association of Agriculture Colleges and Experiment Stations, 1893-1900
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
Bound Volume of Mechanical Arts Section of American Association of Agriculture Colleges and Experiment Stations, 1893-1899
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]
Monday Club Speeches, 1896-1899
[Box: 2, Folder: 11]
UK Inspection Trips, 1901-1902
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
UK Inspection Trips, 1904
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
UK Inspection Trips, 1904-1905
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
Letter to Gordon Thurman concerning donation to UK, 1921
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
The Kentucky Kernel, 1924
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
Miscellaneous Papers, 1900-1955
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
Scope and Content Note:

This folder contains miscellaneous materials about the University of Kentucky including, the Kentucky State College Class Day booklet, UK Bulletin, Organzation Booklet, Kentucky Highway Conference Brochure, and "At the Threshold of Greatness!" a history of UK by President H.L. Donovan.

ii Golden Jubilee, 1916-1917
Laura Clay letter and Fiftieth Anniversary Booklet, 1916
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
Golden Jubilee Correspondence, Volume 1, 1916
[Box: 5]
Golden Jubilee Correspondence, Volume 2, 1916-1917
[Box: 6]
iii Anderson Scrapbook, 1890-1916
[Box: 7]
Scope and Content Note:

The F. Paul Anderson Scrapbook is a collection of newspaper clippings pertaining to Anderson's accomplishments, the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering's activities, and various articles on general mechanical arts and engineering news.

iv College Of Engineering, 1896-1956
General Papers, 1905-1956
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains papers on the College of Engineering, including "Fifty Years of Engineering at UK," Bulletins, pamphlets, activities, booklets, and postcards.

Student Council of Engineering, undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 9]
Annual Dinner of Senior Engineers Booklets, 1936-1949
[Box: 3, Folder: 10]
"The Buckhorn Bugle" Issues, 1948-1954
[Box: 3, Folder: 11]
Cook Metallic Packing Papers, 1897
[Box: 3, Folder: 12]
Miscellaneous, 1896-1936
[Box: 3, Folder: 13]
X-Ray Papers, undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 14]
Scope and Content Note:

The folder contains a section on Anderson from Dr. Pryor's Autobiography and a strip of six negatives of x-ray of hands.

III Personal Papers, 1923-1959
Scope and Content Note:

The Personal Papers series includes papers from Mrs. Virginia Anderson and Ethel Jelly. The series also includes Christmas cards from Anderson, a scrapbook of his death, and photographs of Anderson at various points in his life.

Mrs. Virginia Anderson Papers, 1939-1941
[Box: 3, Folder: 15]
Ethel Jelly-Secretary, 1941-1959
[Box: 3, Folder: 16]
Anderson Christmas cards and scrapbook of death, 1923-1933
[Box: 3, Folder: 17]
Photographs of Anderson at various points of his life, and one portrait of Professor C.J. Norwood, undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 18]
American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers Photographs, undated
1. American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers [undated] 2. American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers [June 10, 1924] [Box: 8, Folder: 1]
IV Letterbooks, Bulk, 1895-1898
Scope and Content Note:

This series contains three of F. Paul Anderson's letterbooks from 1895-1898, concerning various business matters. The first letterbook has faded and is barely readable, the second and third notebooks are in fair condition, but are somewhat faded.

First letterbook, September 1895-Febuary 1896
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
Second letterbook, Febuary 1896-April 1897
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
Third letterbook, April 1897-April 1898
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]