Nels Anderson



(early American sociologist and historian)


Nels Anderson arrived in Barclay (Clover Valley) early in July of 1908. He was taken in by the Woods family and went to school in Barclay through the 8th grade.

He studied at the University of Chicago under Robert E. Park and Ernest Burgess, whose concentric zone theory was one of the earliest models developed to explain the organization of urban areas. He obtained his Masters degree in 1925 from the University of Chicago. Anderson received his doctorate from New York University in 1930 and was an instructor at Columbia University from 1928 to 1934.


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        Nels Anderson

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(7/31/1889-10/8/1986)   (married Hilda X. Xxxxxxxx and later Helen X. Xxxxxxxx)

First Wife:
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        Martin Anderson

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Second Wife:
    Helen Merchel Anderson

(xx/xx/1907-4/xx/1976)   (married 7/31/1970)




"The Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man"
Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1923
ISBN 0-7581-2355-8, 296 pages

"Urban Sociology"
New York: Knopf, 1928
414 pages

"The Milk and Honey Route A Handbook for Hobos"
New York: Vanguard Press, 1931
Published under the alias of Dean Stiff

"Right to Work"
New York: Modern Age Books, 1938
152 pages

"Men on the Move"
Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1940

"Desert Saints: The Mormon Frontier in Utah"
Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1942

"Studies of the family"
Tübingen: Mohr, 1956

"The Urban Community: A World Perspective"
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1959

"Work and Leisure: A Perceptive Inquiry Into Current Ways of Using Time"
London: Routledge, 1961

"Dimensions of Work: The Sociology of a Work Culture"
New York: David McKay, 1964

"Urbanism and Urbanization"
Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1964

"Studies in Multilingualism"
Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1969

"The Industrial Urban Community: Historical and Comparative Perspectives"
New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1971

"Man's Work and Leisure"
Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1974

"The American hobo: an autobiography"
Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1975
ISBN 90-04-04191-5, 192 pages

"On Hobos and Homelessness"
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1998
ISBN 0-226-01967-5, 301 pages

"Nels Anderson's World War I Diary"
Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2013
For the information page, click here.


" Hopeful Odyssey: Nels Anderson, Boy Hobo, Desert Saint, Wartime Diarist, Public Servant, Expatriot Sociologist"
29th annual Juanita Brooks Lecture
by Dr. Charles S. Peterson
March, 28, 2012

Nels Anderson by Kelton Hafen, November 2011

Wikipedia Article about Nels Anderson

Nels Anderson Biography from the University of New Brunswick

Nels Anderson: a profile

Nels Anderson: a profile

Find-A-Grave entry for Nels Anderson

Find-A-Grave entry for Nels Anderson