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Eugenie Moore Anderson

Eugenie Anderson. Location no. por 10701 p1Eugenie Moore Anderson of Red Wing helped to create the DFL—the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota—in 1944. Four years later, as one of the few women among the forceful leaders of the fledgling party, she was elected to an office in the national Democratic Party. In 1948, when the DFL split from the national Democratic Party in a controversy over goals and ideology, she supported Hubert H. Humphrey and the DFL. In 1949, she had the distinction of becoming the first American woman ambassador when President Harry Truman named her ambassador to Denmark. Later, as minister to Bulgaria, she became the first American woman to represent the United States in a country allied with the Soviet Union.

GET STARTED WITH SECONDARY SOURCES:

  • "Ambassador Eugenie Anderson," by Philip Nash.
    In Minnesota History, vol. 59, no. 6 (summer 2005): pp. 249-262.
    MHS call number: Reading Room F 601.5 .M66 v.59:6.
  • Few Are Chosen: American Women in Political Life Today, by Peggy Lamson.
    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968.
    MHS call number: HQ 1412 .L3.
  • Women in the Department of State: Their Role in American Foreign Affairs, by Homer L. Calkin.
    Dept. of State publication 8951.
    Washington, D.C.: Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Dept. of State, 1978.
    MHS call number: U.S. Docs S 1.69 166.

PRIMARY RESOURCES:

  • Eugenie Anderson Papers.
    This archival collection (1945-1973) consists of correspondence, office files, speeches, reports, clippings, and miscellaneous papers documenting Anderson's diplomatic career as ambassador to Denmark (1949-1953), minister to Bulgaria (1962-1964), lecturer in India (1961), and member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations (1965-1968); her political activities, including Democratic national committee work in 1948, her campaign for DFL endorsement for the U.S. Senate in 1958, her support for Adlai Stevenson and Hubert Humphrey during their presidential campaigns of 1952 and 1968, and her fact-finding mission to Vietnam in 1967; and such related public affairs activities as her work for the Minnesota Centennial Commission in 1958 and her involvement in organizations promoting educational programs abroad.
    MHS call number: See the green Manuscripts Alpha Notebooks—filed under Anderson, Eugenie—for a detailed list of boxes and locator numbers (there are 19 boxes), or use an electronic version of the inventory.
  • Newspapers that may be useful for this topic:
    • Minneapolis Star-Tribune (an index for articles published after 1970 is located in the Hubbs Microfilm Room)
    • Red Wing Republican/Republican Eagle
    • St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch (an index for articles published in 1967 or after is located in the Hubbs Microfilm Room)
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  • Check the library catalog for other materials.