Jacob Nelson Anderson was born in Swerborg, Denmark on January 27, 1867. His parents, Niels and Karen Anderson, moved their family to Wisconsin while Anderson was still a child. Anderson attended a Seventh-day Baptist college in Wisconsin and the University of Chicago, earning bachelor degrees from both institutions. He was ordained to ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1899. Anderson and his first wife, Emma Thompson Anderson with whom he had three children, were the first official Seventh-day Adventist missionaries to China serving from 1902-1909. Following his return from China, Anderson taught at Washington Missionary College (1910-1915 and 1924-1928) and Union College (1915-1924 and 1934-1943). Emma died in 1925 and two years later, Anderson married Daisy B. Shrader. In 1941, Daisy passed away and subsequently Anderson married a third time, this time to Louise Stahnke. J. N. Anderson died in Lincoln, Nebraska on February 23, 1958 and is buried in Mauston, Wisconsin. This online collection contains diaries and photographs from the complete manuscript collection which also incluldes letters, notes, and other miscellaneous items belonging to J. N. Anderson and his first wife, Emma Thompson Anderson.