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Abraham Anson papers

Identifier: C0069

Scope and Content

The collection includes numerous aerial photographs, publications, photography equipment, newspapers, magazines, correspondence, notebooks, color slides, and maps. The collection is arranged into three series:

Series 1: Personal Items (1939-2005) includes notes, correspondence, academic records, memoirs, programs, and military records.

Series 2: Maps and Photographs (1940-2004) includes maps, color slides, glass slides, and photographs.

Series 3: Publications (1943-2005) includes books, magazines, reports, and manuscripts.


  • 1939 - 2005


Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Abaraham Anson papers must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Biographical Information

Born January 21, 1912 to Ida and Emil Anson, Abraham Anson attended New York City University before joining the army. During his service, Anson would attain the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as well as make significant contributions to the training of incoming recruits. He retired from the army on January 21, 1972. Anson was paramount in the designing of equipment with the Army Corps of Engineers that aided in mapping.

Anson was an incredibly active member with the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and also has a memorial scholarship in his name. Along with his significant contributions to the world of photogrammetry, the process of measuring distances between objects through the utilization of photography, Anson was extremely adept at surveying and mapping, and was a very talented painter. Abraham Anson passed away May 29, 2005.


12.5 Linear Feet (31 boxes)

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The collection includes aerial photographs, publications, newspapers, magazines, correspondence, notebooks, color slides, glass slides, and maps.


This collection is arranged into three series.


  1. Series 1: Personal Items, 1939-2005 (Boxes 1 - 3)
  2. Series 2: Maps and Photographs, 1940-2004 (Boxes 4 - 12)
  3. Series 3: Publications, 1943-2005 (Boxes 13 - 31)

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Myra Anson-Nicholas on December 5, 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Bill Keeler in January 2018. EAD markup completed by Bill Keeler in January 2018.

Guide to the Abraham Anson papers
Abraham Anson papers
Bill Keeler
April 4, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center Repository

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