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Joan Anderson Papers

Identifier: MC-023

Scope and Contents

The Joan Anderson Papers were donated to the Pratt Institute Archives in 2001 by Anderson for “some help to some students who are starting out on their art careers and don’t have this knowledge that was taught at my time in life.” In the letter attached with the donation, Anderson states that the materials in the collection were from her foundation course in the art school.

Included in the collection are three scrapbook-like collections of coursework for history of art (two) and structural representation (one). These coursework books were handwritten, thematic collections of work by Anderson personally and also taken from other sources. The works are in several types of media and were pasted or drawn on soft parchment paper. They were originally three-hole punched and, with the exception of one, stored in metal ring binders. There is also one test on two-dimensional design from 1944. Anderson also donated five of her works of art: three pencil drawings depicting animals and one watercolor painting of a nude model.


  • 1943 - 1944

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, contact the Archivist, Pratt Institute Library.

Biographical / Historical

Joan D. (neè Anderson) Jones was a student in the Pratt Institute School of Fine and Applied Arts beginning in 1943. She received four School Art League Scholarships and attended the evening courses since she could not afford the daytime tuition. During the Second World War, she made maps for the bombing of Hiroshima and did drafting for Ranger aircraft. After receiving her education from Pratt Institute, she did advertising and freelance work for various printers. She continued to paint watercolors and entered and won art shows for her work.


0.15 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 print box)

Language of Materials



The Joan Anderson Papers consist of the coursework and personal artwork of Joan D. (Anderson) Jones, who was a student in the School of Fine and Applied Arts in 1943 and 1944. Her coursework books demonstrate her education and reflect the foundation curriculum of the art school during the 1940s.


The records are arranged in two series. The arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series 1: Foundations Class Coursework, 1943-1944

Series 2: Personal Artwork, Circa 1943

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Maryette Charlton Papers (Collection No. 015)

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Guide to the Joan Anderson Papers
Ian Post
January 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Pratt Institute Archives Repository

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205 United States