Arthur James Outram Anderson was a professor and researcher whose specializations included the American Southwest, Mesoamerica,
and the Nahuatl language. Anderson’s most significant work that defined his professional career was his collaboration with
colleague Charles E. Dibble, of the University of Utah, on their English translation of the Aztec language Florentine Codex.
The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, publications, typescripts, scrapbooks, maps, photographs, slides,
microfilm, negatives and notes related to his work as a professor, researcher, editor and translator.
Arthur James Outram Anderson was born in Phoenix, Arizona on November 26, 1907 and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico before he
returned to the United States for his college and graduate education. He received a B.A. in English from San Diego State College
in 1930, an M.A. in Anthropology from Claremont Colleges in 1931, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Southern
California in 1940.
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