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Oral History Interview with Hildur Anderson, 1991 September 12, 2006, 1900-1940

Identifier: AHS-C208


In this interview excerpt, Hildur Anderson discusses her teaching days. She recalls a story where a girl named Barbara jumps out of the window during a class. Anderson, however, paid no attention to the girl and just let her back into the classroom. The story exemplifies Anderson's teaching approach: letting the kids plan their own schedules and letting them decide what they want to do as long as it is agreeable with Anderson. Anderson also discusses how she taught grades one through eight and had students of different grade levels work with each other. Anderson also talks about teaching piano to Martin and Amelia Cerise.


  • 1991 September 12
  • Digitization: 2006
  • Coverage: 1900-1940

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Oral History Interview with Hildur Anderson

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Biographical / Historical

Bio: Hildur Anderson, born on June 21, 1907 in Aspen, CO, was one of Aspen's most revered teachers. She grew up in Snowmass Village and attended school in a one-room school house on the ranch and then Aspen High School. She later earned a lifetime teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree from Western State College. Anderson taught extensively throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, including in Brush Creek, Old Snowmass, and Aspen. In addition, Anderson was famous for her accordion and piano playing that she played for dances and events. Married to Bill Anderson, Hildur Anderson had four children. The family later moved into Aspen and ran the Anderson's Stables. Hildur died on February 13, 2002 in Yuma, Arizona.


1 Items ; 10 minutes

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Playback cassette tape: Maxell XL II 100

Computer Hardware: 3 (total) Intel Celeron 1.8GHz/224 MB RAM PC's (made by PowerSpec), each with a Firewall hard drive (2 made by MicroNet, 1 made by LaCie) and M-Audio Delta Audiophile (internal sound card); External Firewire Hard Drive; Analog Playback Equipment: Nakamichi Dragon, Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1; Analog/Digital Converter: Prism Dream ADA-8XR; Prism Sound Dream AD-2

Operating System: Windows XP; Capture and editing software: Steinberg Wavelab 4.0; Formatting software: Sony Soundforge; Other Devices: Switcher to allow monitoring of multiple transfers.

Basic Map: Nakamichi Dragon -> Analog RCA or XLR -> AD converter -> AES (XLR) -> M-Audio Card -> Software -> External Firewire Drive


Place Names: Colorado, Chicago, Glendale, Dean Ranch, Woody Creek, Aspen.

Title supplied by the Archivist: Anna L. Scott. Interview conducted on September 12, 1991. Accompanied by digital transcript.

Names discussed: Tim and Nora Kelleher, Breezy Zordel, Wilbur, Ground Hog Joe, Joe Sawyer, One Eyed Joe, Mugsy Wilson, Jap Morgan, Parsons, Bobby Ballard, Mugsy Jr., Pope Rowland, Skyler Swaringer, Duflicker Mogan, Ike Mogan, Hoofy Sandstrom, Hod Nicholson, Eddie Gregorich, Club Foot Brown, Harry Holmes, Jeannie Adair, Timmy Sullivan, Maxine Sullivan, Cheekie Hannan, Jack Ray, John Healy, Joe Geisler, Gus Swanson, Charlie Raymond, David Ray, Judge Lahay, Allec Burrella, Bill Brown, Freddy Fisher, Judge Dean.

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