Anderson, Donald Hume

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Anderson, Donald Hume

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Donald Hume Anderson (1910-2004) was a prominent business man in St. Thomas, Ontario, directing the operation of the family business known as the Anderson Department Store from 1932 until its closure in 1988. Mr. Anderson was also a passionate supporter of the arts, and assembled one of south western Ontario's largest private collections of art, books, local history records, maps, furniture and other artifacts. He was particularly interested in cartography and local history and thus collected books and documents concerned with the history and prominent citizens of St. Thomas and Elgin County as well as early survey maps of Elgin County communities and the concession roads linking its villages and towns. Much of Mr. Anderson's collection was sold at auction following his death in February 2004, but many items were donated to the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Arts Centre where they remain on display.

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