Ted J. Anderson Papers, 1977-1984

Collection Overview

Title: Ted J. Anderson Papers, 1977-1984

Record Series: MsC-28

Record Group:


Creator: Ted J. Anderson

Date: 1977-1984

Extent: 11 boxes (13.75 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Ted Anderson donated these papers to SC&UA c. 1982.

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Ted J. Anderson Papers, 1977-1984, Manuscript Record Series MsC-28, 9folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

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Historical Note

Ted James Anderson was born on August 21, 1943, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Russell and Kay Anderson.  He had one brother, Scott, and one sister, Judi Christensen.  Mr. Anderson lived most of his life in Waterloo, graduating from Columbus High School in 1961.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1961-1964.  On December 31, 1964, he married Bonnie Jean Kaiser.  The couple had six sons, Tom, Jim, Travis, Chris, Tim, and Nick; and a daughter, Pamela Anderson Smith.

Mr. Anderson worked at John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works for twenty years.  During that period, he was secretary of the United Auto Workers Local 838 and a vice president of the Iowa UAW CAP Council.

He was an active Black Hawk County Democrat.  In 1980 he was elected to the Iowa Senate.  He served there from 1981 to 1984, during the 69th and 70th General Assemblies. While in office he was a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.  For the latter committee he was chosen as the ranking Democratic member, a rare assignment for a first-term legislator.

After his time in the Senate, he became an effective lobbyist.  Organizations for which he lobbied include the Animal Rescue League of Iowa Inc.; Prevent Child Abuse Iowa; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME); Central Iowa Builders and Construction Trade Council; and the Iowa Library Association. Senator Anderson was dedicated to the cause of labor and worked to make the job site safer and to ensure that workers received fair wages. He was known as a mentor and friend to the newly elected members of the legislature.  An avid pilot, he flew many candidates and dignitaries around the state.

Senator Anderson died at age 57 on November 22, 2000, in Des Moines, Iowa, leaving behind his parents, siblings, wife, children, and eight grandchildren.

The Iowa Senate's resolution contained much of the above information, and ended with:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Ted James Anderson, the State has lost an honored citizen and faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this resolution expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.

Scope and Content

The papers of former Iowa State Senator Ted Anderson were donated to Special Collections and Archives during and shortly after his years of service in the Senate, 1981-1984.  They were well organized. As much as possible, we have honored his order and labeling.  For example, he labeled his correspondence files alphabetically by topic, and did so without regard to chronology.  While maintaining his labeling, we have organized the letters by year.

His papers contain little information from the time before his election in 1980 and nothing after his departure from the Senate in 1984.  Some of the material consisted of copies of bills and resolutions passed by the legislature during that period.  Since this information is readily available in other sources, they were not retained with Senator Anderson’s papers. 

The bulk of what remained fell primarily into two categories: (1) correspondence and (2) reports regarding a wide range of topical issues.  There is nothing of a personal nature in his papers.  Even his correspondence is business-related. Some of the following information about him was paraphrased from a resolution by the 79th General Assembly of the Iowa Senate, passed upon Senator Anderson’s death in 2000.


Box 1 – Correspondence, 1977-1982

Letters are filed first alphabetically by topic, and then by year.  Within each year, however, no attempt was made to arrange the letters chronologically by date.

A large amount of the correspondence was labeled “miscellaneous” when the papers arrived at the library.  We have kept that label for those letters.  Other folders were labeled by topic.  In a few cases the name of the correspondent was used.

Each entry below represents one folder, unless otherwise noted.


Folder 1: Everything before 1980


  • Folder 2: Dale, John
  • Folder 3: Iowa Public Service Company (1980-1981)
  • Folder 4: Letters of congratulation for Mr. Anderson’s election to the Iowa Senate
  • Folder 5: Rigler, Robert
  • Folder 6: Washington D.C. voting rights


  • Folder 7: Barber shop and beauty salon inspectors
  • Folder 8: Bear, Gary
  • Folder 9: Block grants
  • Folder 10: Cigarette tax
  • Folder 11: Corrections institutions
  • Folder 12: Court reporters
  • Folders 13-15: Education
  • Folder 16: El Salvador
  • Folder 17: Environment, energy, and conservation
  • Folder 18: Family Protection Act
  • Folder 19: Frerichs, Isabel
  • Folder 20: Fry, Dennis
  • Folder 21: Health care
  • Folder 22: Highway funding
  • Folder 23: Invitations to various events
  • Folder 24: Iowa Commission on the Status of Women
  • Folders 25-27: Miscellaneous
  • Folder 28: Paramutual betting/bingo
  • Folder 29: Public peace officers
  • Folder 30: Railroad bonding bill
  • Folder 31: Raw milk bill
  • Folder 32: Senate business’
  • Folder 33: Separation of church and state
  • Folder 34: Social Services (1981-1982)
  • Folder 35: Substance abuse
  • Folder 36: Sullivan, Wilma
  • Folder 37: Taxes and government spending
  • Folder 38: United Auto Workers
  • Folder 39: Unemployed Parents program
  • Folder 40: Unemployment compensation


  • Folder 41: Flood insurance
  • Folder 42: Governor Robert Ray vetoes
  • Folder 43: Intern assignments
  • Folder 44: Memorandums (1982-1983)

Box 2 – Correspondence, 1982-1983


  • Folders 1-2: Memorandums
  • Folders 3-10: Miscellaneous
  • Folder 11: Rules and Administration
  • Folder 12: State Comptroller to Governors Ray and Brasndstad
  • Folder 13: Task Force for Retraining Dislocated Workers


  • Folders 14-16: Invitations
  • Folder 17: Medical

Box 3 – Correspondence, 1983


  • Folders 1-14: Miscellaneous
  • Folder 15: Plant closings
  • Folder 16: Social Services (1983-1984)
  • Folder 17: Unemployment Advisory Hearing
  • Folder 18: Unemployment Compensation Committee
  • Folder 19: Waterloo Conway Civic Center financial audit

Box 4 – Correspondence, 1984


  • Folder 1: Compulsory union membership
  • Folders 2-6: Invitations
  • Folders 7-10: Memorandums
  • Folders 11-17: Miscellaneous

Box 5 

Correspondence, 1984

  • Folders 1-3: Miscellaneous

Article about Senator Anderson

  • Folder 4: Cedar Falls Record, December 25, 1982

Budget requests and reports

  • Folder 5: General fund, 1982-1983
  • Folder 6: Iowa Crime Commission, 1982-1983
  • Folder 7: Iowa State Patrol, 1982-1983
  • Folder 8: Public Safety Department, 1981-1983
  • Folder 9: Social Services Council, 1982-1983
  • Folder 10: Transportation and Law Enforcement, 1981-1983
  • Folder 11: Transportation department, 1981-1983

Folder L: Editorials, 1981-1983

Folders 12-13: Iowa Public Service Company hearing before the Commerce Commission

Meeting minutes

  • Folder 14: Appropriations Committee, 1981-1983
  • Folder 15: Child Protection Study Committee, 1984
  • Folder 16: Folder Q: Economic Development and Job Training Committee, 1983
  • Folder 17: Education Committee, 1981-1982
  • Folder 18: Education Committee, 1983-1984
  • Folder 19: Education Study Committee, 1982
  • Folder 20: Energy Committee, 1982
  • Folder 21: Health Care Cost Interim Study Committee, 1984
  • Folder 22: Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, 1981-1984
  • Folder 23: Rules and Administration Committee, 1982-1984
  • Folder 24: Senate Energy Committee, 1981
  • Folder 25: Small Business and Economic Development Committee, 1983-1984
  • Folder 26: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee,1984
  • Folder 27: Task Force for Retraining Dislocated Workers
  • Folder 28: Transportation and Law Enforcement Appropriations Joint Subcommittee, 1981-1982
  • Folder 29: Unemployment Compensation Committee, 1983

Folder 30: Miscellaneous notes (handwritten by Senator Anderson)


  • Folder 31: Democratic Caucus Report, 1982
  • Folders 32-33: Democratic Caucus Report, 1983
  • Folder 34: Democratic Caucus Special Report, 1984

Box 6 –  Newsletters and Reports

As with the correspondence, many of the reports came in folders labeled “miscellaneous.” Again, we have retained that material's "miscellaneous" labels.  Folders marked with specific subject matter are filed alphabetically by topic. 


  • Folder 1: Iowa Senate News, 1982
  • Folders 2-3: Senate Democratic Caucus, 1984
  • Folder 4: Senate Democratic Weekly,  1982
  • Folders 5-7: Senate Democratic Weekly, 1983
  • Folder 8-9: Senate Democratic Weekly, 1984


  • Folder 10: Appropriations, 1983-1985
  • Folder 11: Attorney General, 1980
  • Folder 12: Budget, 1983-1985
  • Folder 13: Budget recommendations to the Governor, 1984-1985
  • Folders 14-15: Child Protection Study Committee, 1984

Box 7 – Reports: Collective bargaining-Health care costs

Folders 1-2: Collective bargaining, 1981-1983

Folder 3: Commission for the Blind, 1980-1984

Folder 4: Democratic Caucus (House of Representatives) weekly summaries, 1981

Folder 5: Democratic Caucus (Senate) weekly summaries, 1981

Folder 6: Economic Development, 1983

Folder 7: Economic development (Project NEED IT), 1980

Folder 8: Education, 1982

Folder 9: Education, 1982-1983

Folder 10: Education, 1983-1984

Folder 11: Education Study Committee, 1981-1982

Folder 12: Environmental impact statement, 1982

Folder 13: Flood Control Project, 1983

Folder 14: Governor Robert Ray, 1981-1983

Folder 15: Governor Terry Branstad, 1984-1985

Folder 16: Hazardous waste, 1980-1981

Folders 17-18: Health care costs, 1984

Box 8 – Reports: Health care costs-Legislative summary, 70th General Assembly

Folders 1-2: Health care costs, 1984

Folder 3: Industrial revenue bonds, 1982

Folders 4-5: Interim committees, 1981-1983

Folder 6: Iowa Academy of Science annual meeting, 1983

Folder 7: Iowa Beer and liquor Control Department, 1982

Folder 8: Iowa Criminal and Juvenile Justice Plan, 1984

Folder 9: Iowa Judiciary, 1981-1983

Folder 10: Iowa veterans, 1983

Folder 11: Iowa World Trade Center briefing, 1984

Folder 12: Job Service of Iowa, 1981-1983

Folder 13: Jobs Program, 1983-1984

Folder 14: Justice Department, 1982

Folder 15: Legal services and the poor in Iowa, 1982

Folder 16: Legislative Extended Assistance Group, 1983

Folder 17: Legislative Fiscal Bureau, 1980-1984

Folder 18: Legislative issues, 1983-1984 (2 folders)

Folder 19: Legislative priorities and annual report, 1983

Folder 20: Legislative summary, 69th General Assembly, 1981

Folder 21: Legislative summary, 69th General Assembly, 1982

Folder 22: Legislative summary, 70th General Assembly, 1982

Box 9 – Reports: Manufacturing-Miscellaneous

Folder 1: Manufacturing, 1982

Folder 2: Master agreement between Iowa Board of Regents and UNI United Faculty, 1983

Folder 3: Miscellaneous, 1980

Folders 4-6: Miscellaneous, 1981

Folders 7-11: Miscellaneous, 1982

Folders 12-14: Miscellaneous, 1983

Box 10 – Reports: Miscellaneous-Social Services

Folder 1: Miscellaneous, 1983

Folders 2-9: Miscellaneous, 1984

Folder 10: Model Procurement Code Review Task Force, 1982

Folder 11: National Conference of State Legislatures annual meeting, 1983

Folder 12: Northeast Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association, 1982

Folder 13: Nuclear waste transportation, 1981

Folder 14: Paramutual betting, 1983

Folder 15: Preserves Advisory Board, 1981-1982

Folder 16: Public hearing on plant closings, 1983

Folder 17: Public Safety Department, 1981-1982

Folder 18: Rules and Administration, 1983-1984

Folder 19: Science symposium, 1983

Folder 20: Small business data, 1982

Folder 21: Social Services, 1982-1984

Box 11 – Reports: Social Services-Washington, D. C., voting rights amendment

Folders 1-4: Social Services, 1982-1984

Folder 5: State Comptroller, 1982

Folder 6: State Geologist, 1980-1981

Folder 7: State of Iowa information, 1980-1982

Folder 8: Substance abuse, 1983-1984

Folder 9: Task Force for Retraining Dislocated Workers, 1982-1983

Folder 10: Task Force on Drunk Driving, 1983

Folder 11: Tax Equity Act, 1982

Folder 12: Tax incentives for businesses bill, 1982

Folder 13: Tobacco tax, 1982

Folder 14: Transportation Department, 1982

Folder 15: Unemployment, 1983

Folder 16: Unemployment Advisory Hearing, 1983

Folder 17: Unemployment Compensation Study Committee, 1981-1982

Folder 18: Unemployment Compensation Subcommittee, 1983

Folder 19: University of Northern Iowa outside contracting issues, 1981

Folder 20: Washington, D.C., voting rights amendment, 1980-1983

Processing Information

Collection processed by Library Associate Dave Hoing, February, 2016; updated October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017.