The collection contains photographic negatives and contact prints of various prominent people and places, particularly those associated with Richmond, Va.
Virginia politicians and national dignitaries include J. Lindsay Almond, Stuart D. Baker, William Battle, Harry F. Byrd Sr. & Jr., Richard S. Byrd, Dan Daniel, Clifford Dowdey, Dwight Eisenhower, Allen Ellender, Indira Gandhi, Mills Godwin, Arthur Godfrey, Mills Godwin, Barry Goldwater, Albertis S. Harrison, Linwood Holton, Hubert and Muriel Humphrey, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Eugene McCarthy, Robert Mehridge, Richard Nixon, A. Willis Robertson, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charlie Spivak, Herman Talmadge, Clarence Townes, Bill Tuck, George Wallace, Edwin Watson, and L. Douglas Wilder.
The majority of the images are from Richmond, Va., and include aerial and panorama views, the James River and bridges, construction sites, banks, businesses, hotels, churches, government buildings, parks, residences, schools, "slums," and events including visits by dignitaries, inaugurations, parades, General Assembly sessions, press conferences, election coverage by WRVA; sports and a beauty pageant. Anderson had a special interest in railroads and there are numerous images of trains, crossings, stations, yards, tracks, and a derailment.
Of interest are images from the Civil Rights era including Richmond sit-ins, the Poor People's March, the Virginia Union University Freedom march, arrest of protestors at Thalhimers Department store, Governor Lindsay Almond and the school integration crisis of 1959 and Ku Klux Klan rallies.
Images of University of Virginia and Charlottesville interest include Cabell Hall concerts; Colgate Darden, William F. "Bull" Halsey, John Lloyd Newcomb, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.; a Lawn garden; and Harry Truman at Monticello.
Other images of interest include an American Independent party convention; fires, explosions and other disasters including a brewery explosion and fire, Harlem, 1937 and the Merchant's Cold Storage Warehouse explosion, Richmond, 1958; Hurricane Hazel, 1954 and the Hurrican Camille flood, 1969; Byrd airport; Cabell Hall (U. Va.) concert, 1940; a Davis Cup Tennis tournament; the annual Mattaponi and Pamunkey thanksgiving tribute; a 1960 Republican rally; nuclear ships at Hampton Roads; Naval Reserve Cruise to Haiti; the NASA space radiation effects laboratory at Hampton; an ICBM at Dahlgren; a NASA lunar landing simulator; a prefabricated dome at Virginia Beach, 1957, designed by Buckminster Fuller; a "Wingless Wonder" airplane, 1957; the Constellation airplane crash wreckage; the U.S.S. Loesser, the U.S.S. Savannah, the U.S.S. Long Beach, the U.S.S. Enterprise, and the U.S.C.G. Eagle; Davis Cup Tennis Tournament; a Young Democrat Club meeting; Tobacco Bowl games; movie making in Colonial Williamsburg; a heart transplant patient; an ecumenical service; Union Station, Washington, D.C.; the Yale School of Architecture; and images of Nazi art.
There are also images from Appomattox, Jamestown, Norfolk, Petersburg, Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg.
Richard N. Anderson Photographs, 1937-1972, Accession #5793-a thorugh 5793-k, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.