Scope and Content
Title: Hugh Anderson Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1921-1959
Anderson, Hugh Harris, 1912-1999
Extent: 11 boxes
Pasadena Museum of History
Pasadena, California 91103-3594
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Suggested citation of these records: [Identification of item], Hugh Anderson Collection, Research Library and Archives, Pasadena
Museum of History.
Hugh H. Anderson was born in Pasadena on September 12, 1912. He graduated from Pasadena High School in 1929. He received an
AB in Social Science and Economics from Stanford University in 1934.
During World War II Anderson fought for the rights of relocated Japanese-Americans and helped secure the release of Esther
Takei, the first Japanese-American to return to California from a relocation camp. Facing protests by some area residents,
the Anderson family housed Ms. Takei upon her return to California where she attended Pasadena Junior College.
In 1954, Anderson took over the presidency of the Model Grocery Company from his father, Hugh S. Anderson. A longtime fixture
in Pasadena, the Model Grocery Company opened its doors in 1893. Anderson ran the company until it closed in 1958.
Scope and Content
Besides personal correspondence and materials, the Hugh Anderson Collection (1921-1959) includes newspaper clippings, correspondence
and materials regarding the World War II evacuation of Japanese-Americans to relocation centers and correspondence with wartime
government and military officials. The collection includes correspondence and newspaper clippings about Esther Takei, the
first Japanese-American readmitted to California from a relocation center in 1944, and the controversy surrounding her return
The collection also includes information and correspondence regarding Anderson's involvement in the Guayule Rubber Project
in the 1940s and materials and correspondence relating to the Model Grocery Company of Pasadena, California.