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Amber Wallin Anderson oral history interview, December 27, 1977

 Item — othertype: Oral History
Identifier: AndersonA_19771227_P1977-01

Scope and Contents

Interviewed by Lorraine Spritzer. Among topics discussed: Anderson's early law career; women in law; Margaret Hills Fairleigh; county unit case, 1947; Anderson's work arrangement with Helen Mankin; personal relationship with Mankin; Mankin's politics; Mankin's death, birthdate; Mankin's efforts to control others' lives; Mankin's affection for Guy Mankin, Jr. and Hamilton Douglas; Mankin's approach to legal profession; Mankin's ability to handle money; relationship between Guy Mankin, Sr. and Helen Mankin; Mankin's ambitions; Mankin's relationship with Guy Mankin, Jr.; Mankin's anti‑Catholicism; Mankin's relationship with Hamilton Douglas, Jr. Mankin's personality; Mankin's relationship with siblings; Mankin's appearance; travels; interest in Israel; Mankin's anger at Margaret Fairleigh. Scandinavian settlement in Minnesota; Anderson's background; Hamilton Douglas; Mankin's relationship with her parents; Red Cross buttons; Mankin's Red Cross service in Europe; Mankin's death, will, and bequests; reaction to Mankin; Horace Moore; Anderson's retirement; Mankin's eye problems; William Randolph Smith; Mankin's relationship with Guy; Curtis Bryant; Mankin's temperament; Mankin's later years; county unit case; Mankin's legal practice; the 1946 black vote; Davis campaign contributors; efforts to oust Mankin; Mankin's profanities. Douglas family; Douglas family drinking; Helen Bullard. Mankin's death; Mankin's legal practices; Anderson's run for judgeship; Guy Mankin, Jr.; Guy Mankin, Sr.'s death; Mankin's reliance on Guy.


  • Creation: December 27, 1977


Restrictions on Access

Oral history available for research.

Biographical Note

Anderson worked as a combination secretary and legal partner to Helen and Guy Mankin for a short time. She and Helen Mankin became close personal friends for the remainder of Mankin's life.


1 item(s) (audio (3:32:43 duration))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

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