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Jamie Anderson papers

Identifier: MSS 796

Scope and Contents

The Jamie Anderson papers consist of approximately 10 linear feet of material dating from 1960 to 2021. The collection consists of personal and business correspondence, ephemera, published articles and reviews, concert and album material, research, photographs, interviews, and recorded performances. Audio and video recordings will be transferred to a digital format for user access.


  • Creation: 1960 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room. Researchers are limited to accessing three folders at a time for security.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Jamie Anderson, born in 1957 in Yuma, Arizona, is an out lesbian who has been a constant presence in women’s music since the 1980s. During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, she performed at open mikes, fundraisers and bars in Phoenix and Tucson. She was also a part of comedy troupe Slique and the Sliquettes, led by Slique Callahan. In 1987, she did her first national tour alongside Martie van der Voort. She toured full time throughout the 1990s and 2000s in the US and Canada, mostly as a solo performer.

In 1987, she released her first recording, Heart Resort, in cassette format. Her first professional studio album, Closer to Home, was released in 1989. Her thirteenth album, Songs from Home, was written amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and released in August 2020. With the exception of a few compilation recordings produced by other labels, all of Jamie’s albums have been produced by her own label, Tsunami Recordings. Tsunami Recordings was started in 1989 by Susan (Dakota) Snedaker and Jamie Anderson, and in 1997 Jamie took sole ownership of the company.

In 1993, Anderson performed at the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, she performed in many women’s musical festivals, such as the National Women’s Music Festival, the East Coast Lesbian Festival, and the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, as well as pride events, coffeehouses and at universities.

Anderson’s music combines folk, country, rock, and jazz. She plays guitar, ukulele and mandolin in concert and on her albums. She also plays banjo, tenor guitar, dulcimer and hand percussion.

As an author, Anderson has published articles and reviews for various publications, including Acoustic Guitar,, Curve,, SingOut!, and Sinister Wisdom. Her memoir Drive All Night (Tallahassee, FL: Bella Books, 2014) was a GCLS Goldie Awards Lesbian Anthology/Collection finalist. In 2019, Anderson published her second book, An Army of Lovers: Women's Music of the Seventies and Eighties (Tallahassee, FL: Bella Books, 2019), this publication was also a GCLS Goldie finalist. The book Drive All Day: Because I'm Too Old to Drive All Night (Tsunami Publishing, 2022) documents Anderson's life on the road.


10 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in 10 series:

1. Biographical Materials 2. Correspondence 3. Financial Materials 4. Ephemera 5. Concert and Album Materials 6. Photographs 7. Research 8. Writings and Publications 9. Artifacts 10. Media

The collection is arranged in chronological order, with a few exceptions selected by the donor to contextualize materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Jamie Anderson in 2021.

Related Materials

More information can be found at Jamie Anderson's offical website.

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from the collection to be individually cataloged for enhanced discovery and access:

Paid My Dues Vol. 1, no. 1 (February 1974); Vol. 1, no. 3 (October 1974); Vol. 1, no. 5 (October 1975)

Processing Information

Eli Landaverde processed this collection in 2021.

Original newspaper clippings have been replaced with photocopies.

Jamie Anderson papers
4 Published And Cataloged
Eli Landaverde
October 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA