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The Phyllis Anderson Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3649

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook belonged to a Muskegon, Michigan native named Phyllis Anderson, born in 1936. She chronologically recorded her years at Muskegon “Bunker” Junior High from 1947-1950 to the end of her Senior High year at Muskegon Senior High from 1950-1951. Anderson included cut-outs from the Junior High School’s newspaper The Sand Dune and Muskegon’s newspaper The Muskegon Chronicle, various photographs, play and choir programs, educational awards, personal letters, and school ephemera for elections.

Anderson’s clippings from the two newspapers mainly included her educational and athletic accomplishments, while also including football and basketball game highlights. Anderson was a cheerleader while attending Junior High, while also participating in track and archery and broke many school records with her participation in track. She was her Homeroom Officer and served as the campaign manager for her friend who ran for “Bunker Treasurer.” She was voted Most Athletic at the end of her 9th grade year by her peers, received the Honor Athlete Award, an American Legion Medal, the “Magna Cum Laude” achievement in her Latin studies, and also finished third in her 9A (9th grade) class with a cumulative grade point average of 3.27 over the three years she attended Bunker Junior High.

While attending her first year at Muskegon Senior High, Anderson attended and participated in many school plays and choir concerts. She included some of these programs in her scrapbook. By the end of 10th grade, Anderson had participated in the Conservation Club, Booster Club, the Masque Society, bowling, volleyball, A Cappella group, and received the “Cum Laude” achievement in Latin studies.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1974-1951



1 items ; 10” wide x 13” long x 1.5” thick

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Physical Description

The collection consists of .25 cubic feet. The collection is one large scrap book that measures 10” wide x 13” long x 1.5” thick. The front and back covers are composed of a dark red leather that bind together the several thick pages with a maroon cord. The pages inside the album have personal letters and ephemera, newspapers clippings, and photographs taped to the pages. The front cover is titled “Scrap Book” with a strip of detailing underneath.

The scrapbook is in good physical condition with little wear. The back cover has slight scuffing and the indents on the front cover have worn away at the bottom by a small amount. The pages inside the scrapbook have little wear to them. The tape on the pages has yellowed. There are no tears on the pages.


The collection consists of one large scrapbook that belonged to Phyllis Anderson (1936- ), chronologically describing four years while attending Junior High and the beginning of Senior High schools in Muskegon, Michigan from 1947-1951.


This collection was purchased by funds from the Starring Endowment.

The Phyllis Anderson Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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