The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Mattie Anderson Scrapbook Collection, 1860-1901


Size:  1 linear feet

Provenance:  The Mattie Anderson Scrapbook Collection was donated to The Ward M. Canaday Center in August 1992 by Professor Roger Andersen of the University of Toledo, College of Law.


Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.


Completed by:  Jamie L. Wraight, April 1994



Biographical sketch


Martha (Mattie) Ann Anderson was born in the late 1870s.  She lived in St. Louis, Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Missouri and later moved to Indiana and Chicago where she spent most of her adult life.  Her father, Major A. G. Anderson served in the Confederate army.


Mattie Anderson graduated from the 8th grade in St. Louis, Missouri in 1890.  In 1891, she served as a volunteer kindergarten assistant and in 1892 completed the first year’s course in kindergarten training.


She married James Mercer Waller in March 1901, and they had several children.



Scope and content note


The scrapbooks in the Mattie Anderson collection consist of six scrapbooks which contain material ranging from geometric drawings, mathematical problems, exercises, songs, artwork, color designs and remarks, pricking and sewing patterns, and personal items.  With the exception of the fourth scrapbook, which contains personal items collected by Mattie Anderson, the scrapbooks were done as a requirement for her training as a kindergarten teacher.


The first scrapbook (1891) is made up of geometric drawings, mathematical problems, exercises, and songs.


The second scrapbook (1892) includes pencil drawings and exercises.


The third scrapbook (1892) contains curriculum instructions which are titled “Objects of Occupations.”  They are projects for children such as pricking, sewing, drawing, interlacing, folding, cutting, peas work, cardboard modeling, clay modeling, etc. and writings on what students are expected to gain from each of these projects.


The fourth scrapbook (1860-1901) is comprised of various personal items such as Civil War memorabilia (clippings of articles relating to her father, Major A. G. Anderson, including his obituary and legal documents in connection with his service in the Confederate army; Confederate money, postage stamps, and a photo of Robert E. Lee).  In addition, there are Mattie Anderson’s school graduation certificates, miscellaneous wedding invitations, and poetry clippings.


The fifth scrapbook (n.d.) in the collection is made up of color designs and remarks.


The sixth scrapbook (n.d.) contains pricking and sewing patterns.



Box-Folder Inventory










Geometric Drawings, Mathematical Problems, Exercises, and Songs, 1891



Artwork, 1892



Curriculum Instructions, 1892



Personal Items, n.d.



Color Designs and Remarks, n.d.



Pricking and Sewing Patterns, n.d.




Last Updated: 6/26/15