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Title: NaDeane Walker Anderson Papers, 1941-2006Add to your cart.
ID: 02/19/ U0751
Primary Creator: Walker Anderson, NaDeane (1921-2013)
Extent: 6.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Materials are arranged into six (6) boxes. Boxes 1-3 contain professional and personal papers, photographs and two audiovisual materials that are arranged chronologically. Boxes 4 and 5 contain artifacts. Box 6 contains oversize artifacts and audio cassette tapes that are also arranged chronologically.
Date Acquired: 04/29/2021. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material: Artifacts
Newspaper clippings
Languages: English


The collection consists of material related to the life and work of NaDeane Walker Anderson, Women’s Army Corps (WAC) servicewoman, Stars and Stripes newspaper contributor, fashion editor, foreign correspondent, freelance writer and award-winning investigative reporter. Her work with The Associated Press, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Television, Dallas Times Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and International Herald Tribune is represented.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains article drafts, artifacts, awards, certificates, clippings, correspondence, article expenses and receipts, photographs, publications and audio cassette tapes containing information related to her early life and education, as well as her career in journalism during and after the Second World War.

Awards and certificates consist of NaDeane's certificates of membership for Alpha Chi Scholarship Society and English Fraternity Sigma Tau Delta in 1941 and 1942 respectively at North Texas State Teachers College (NTSTC), diploma from NTSTC in 1942, Distinguished Service Medal Award from The Texas Heritage Foundation in 1959, Katie Award trophy and certificate for “Best In-Depth Newspaper Reporting” from the Dallas Times Herald in 1972, Sigma Chi Delta Professional Journalistic Society certificate from 1973, The Headliners Club award and recognition for reporting "on conditions contributing to child abuse and a civic awakening aimed at solutions" in 1974, The Mental Health Association for Dallas County certificate of recognition for "Outstanding endeavors in the promotion of mental health," The Texas Licensed Child Care Association award for "Outstanding Achievement" in 1977, and The National World War II Museum certificate of recognition for "Outstanding Support" in 2006.

Professional papers consist of NaDeane's work as a foreign correspondent, fashion editor and investigative reporter. Includes typewritten article drafts and proofs for The Associated Press (AP), as well as typewritten drafts with corresponding photographs for the AP, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and International Herald Tribune. Also contains typewritten drafts for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Television, Dallas Times Herald and International Herald Tribune. Xerox copies and clippings of published articles for the AP, International Herald Tribune, and Dallas Times Herald can also be found. Personal clippings are included with personal correspondence and contain published articles written and not written by NaDeane about her family. Additionally, professional correspondence, earnings, lists of stories and expenses, and receipts are included.

Correspondence includes letters with the Dallas Times Herald, International Herald Tribune, McCall's magazine, Newsday, The Sunday Times, Astraka Ltd., H.M. Inspector of Taxes, Old English Watches Ltd., The Left-Handers' Association, Trixways Ltd., John Hawkins at Paul R. Reynolds, Inc. and Director of the Department of Journalism at North Texas State University (NTSU) Cecil Eugene "Gene" Shuford. Personal correspondence consists of letters of congratulations for the birth of NaDeane and Godfrey Anderson's daughter, Jane Melinda, from The Associated Press Assistant General Manager Wes Gallagher, Daniel L. Schorr, and Cecil Eugene "Gene" Shuford at NTSU.

Photographs include a 1946 I.D. card picture of NaDeane, a photograph of Women's Army Corps (WAC) servicewomen including NaDeane, a photograph of NaDeane and two fellow Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporters, portraits of NaDeane as a journalist and fashion editor in the 60s, photographs of NaDeane interviewing subjects like Richard Chamberlain, Twiggy, Vidal Sassoon and Yves Saint Laurent, and solo portraits of Mabel Maugham Beldy, Tony Bennett, Milton Berle, Margot Fonteyn and Roberto Arias, Noel Harrison, Mariana Hill, Gerald Scarfe, William Tolliday, Twiggy, and members of The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Walter Hines Page Chapter from circa 1960s. The bulk of interview photographs are by renowned photojournalist Marilyn Stafford. A photograph of NaDeane with Mary Kaucer Seagraves, Vivian Castleberry, and Erin Sneed from 1982, a photograph of NaDeane with an Unidentified Woman from circa 2004, and a photograph of female veterans at a ceremony at The National World War II Museum are also included.

Artifacts consist of medals, patches, pins, and a campaign hat from NaDeane's service with the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and the U.S. Army's Stars and Stripes Paris edition newspaper during the Second World War. Also contains an audio cassette recorder and audio cassette tapes of NaDeane's interviews, such as with former Texas State Attorney General Jim Mattox, when she worked as an investigative reporter for the Dallas Times Herald. Additionally, audiovisual materials with recordings of NaDeane's participation with the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation's "The Women's Memorial Oral History Project" are included.

Biographical Note

NaDeane Walker Anderson was born in 1921 on a family farm near Canton, Texas. She was the second youngest child of nine to Charles H. Walker and Wincie Sides Walker. In 1942, NaDeane graduated from North Texas State Teacher’s College (NTSTC) in Denton, Texas and began working as a journalist and reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 1945, wrote a story for the newspaper on the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the women’s branch of the United States Army. As a result, NaDeane enlisted with the WAC and was sent to London, England. NaDeane’s three brothers Walter, Cartlon and Lewis also joined the U.S. Army and fought abroad. While enlisted with the WAC, NaDeane worked as a reporter and foreign correspondent for Stars and Stripes newspaper’s Paris edition. A few years after the war, NaDeane worked for The Associated Press and was sent on assignments to locations such as Berlin, Germany and Russia.

While working for The Associated Press, NaDeane met her husband Godfrey Anderson, an English war correspondent who also worked for newspaper agency. NaDeane and her husband lived in Germany, Belgium, Sweden and France before settling in Kent, a county neighboring London, England. NaDeane then worked as a fashion editor for The Associated Press and International Herald Tribune covering fashion shows in Milan, Paris and London, as well as interviewing some of the most prominent figures in fashion such as Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Yves Lanvin. The fashion house of Lanvin named of his dresses after NaDeane.

In 1970, she and her family moved to the U.S. She worked as an investigative reporter for the Dallas Times Herald from 1970 to 1981. During the last two decades of her career, she worked as a freelance writer. NaDeane won numerous awards for her writing and reporting including a “Katie” award in 1972 from the Dallas Times Herald for “Best In-Depth Newspaper Reporting.” In 1985, NaDeane was inducted into the Hall of Honor at North Texas State University (NTSU), now the University of North Texas (UNT). On January 7, 2013, at the age of 91, NaDeane Walker Anderson passed away from natural causes in Austin, Texas. She was survived by her children, David G. Anderson and Jane Anderson Frederick.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2021-044
Acquisition Source: Jane Anderson Frederick and David G. Anderson
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: NaDeane Walker Anderson Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections


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