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Stanley D. Anderson papers, 1964-1988

Identifier: MSS-BU-14-2022

Scope and Contents

The collection spans seven large binders of materials collected and kept by Stan Anderson. The first three binders deal with the general education curriculum. They contain information from the Academic Policies Committee, the Curriculum Revision Committee, comparative college data, and evaluations. Binders four and five contain Faculty Meeting Minutes between 1968 and 1988. The Long-Range Planning Committee was a committee to discuss what Bethel College was institutionally, how it should strive to be a "Christian Learning Community", and plans to accomplish that goal. The binder contains reports and meeting minutes from the committee. The Bethel Data Book contains sections for a faculty profile, a student profile, and academic programs. Information provided include faculty education, faculty ages, tenure status, enrollment statistics, BGC membership of students, testing scores, class sizes, cost analyses, and departmental profiles.


  • 1964 - 1988

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researcher use. No material covered by FERPA.

Biographical Note

Stanley D. Anderson was born June 27, 1937 to Stanley and Mabel Anderson in Indiana. He grew up in Michigan on a family farm. Stan graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1959 and a Master's degree in Theology in 1962. During his time at Wheaton he met George Brushaber, later president of Bethel University. Stan married Ruth Ann Schrontz in 1963. Stan received a B.D. from Gordon Divinity School in 1962, and another Master's degree in Philosophy in 1971 from Boston University. In 1980, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He pastored at Calvery Baptist Church in Dorchester, Massachusettes, and also served as an Army Reserves chaplain. He began work at Bethel in August 1968 as a Philosophy professor, where he taught until 2013. Anderson died January 3, 2023 after a period with Lewy body dementia.


3 Cubic Feet

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Binders are original to Stan Anderson, as is the order in which they were kept.

Custodial History

These papers were kept by Stanley Anderson during his tenure at Bethel, as well as after retirement. The collection was donated to the History Center in November 2022 by Mark Anderson, Stanley Anderson's son.

Rebekah Bain
November 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the The History Center: Archives of Bethel University and Converge Repository

3900 Bethel Drive
Arden Hills MINNESOTA 55112 United States