Lloyd Anderson papers, 1929-1979

Overview of the Collection

Anderson, Lloyd
Lloyd Anderson papers
1929-1979 (inclusive)
.53 cubic feet (1 box plus 1 volume (circa 200 pages))
Collection Number
Papers of a mountaineer and cooperative leader detailing his climbs
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lloyd Alva Anderson was born in Roy, Washington on August 4, 1902. He worked on his Uncle Dave Hay's dairy farm in Roy to save money. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1924. An avid outdoorsman, he began climbing mountains in 1929 and scaled over 400 peaks in his lifetime. In 1936 he ordered a $12 ice ax from a Seattle distributor but was disappointed to receive a poor quality product that cost him a full day's wages. He decided to order the ice ax he wanted directly from Austria for $3.50. This experience served as the inspiration for Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) which he founded together with Mary Anderson. REI began operations out of the attic of their West Seattle home in 1938. Anderson also worked as an engineer for the Seattle Transit System. He retired in 1971 and died Sept 13, 2000, aged 98.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Climbing notebooks, correspondence and catalogs.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Organized into 2 accessions.

  • Accession No. 2648-001, Lloyd Anderson papers, 1937-1976
  • Accession No. 2648-002, Lloyd Anderson papers, 1929-1979

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Accession No. 2648-001: Lloyd Anderson papers, 1937-1976Return to Top

.28 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Notebooks, correspondence and catalogs.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Lloyd Anderson, 10/22/1976.

Container(s) Description Dates
Recreational Equipment Co-Operative
Box Accession
1 2648-001
Historical Information
1 2648-001
Dividend Slips, Notices of Meetings
1 2648-001
1938, 1940-1945, 1950-1956, 1963-1976
Box Accession
1 2648-001
History, climbing papers, climbing record
1 2648-001
1 2648-001
Climbers Notebook
1 2648-001
First Climbing Instruction by Wolf Bauer

Accession No. 2648-002: Lloyd Anderson papers, 1929-1979Return to Top

.25 cubic feet (1 box)
1 volume (ca. 200 pages)

Scope and Content: Accession contains Mr. Anderson's climbing notebook which covers the period 1929-1979 and details early climbs with the Mountaineers. This notebook contains field notes for specific climbs, details on equipment and cooking methods, reminiscences about other climbs worldwide, and is illustrated with black and white photos and xeroxes of photographs.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Portions of history may be copied, but not entire history without donor's permission.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Lloyd Anderson, 10/7/1980.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Businesspeople--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Mountaineers--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Mountaineers--Washington (State)--History--Sources
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Personal Names

  • Anderson, Lloyd--Archives
  • Anderson, Lloyd--Archives

Corporate Names

  • Mountaineers (Society)--History--Sources
  • REI (Firm)--History--Sources

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Mountaineers (Society) (creator)