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Institute for Family Culture

Andy Anderson

Chief Historian

Andy Anderson

Andy is executive vice president and chief historian of Wells Fargo & Company. Over the past 40 years, he has built the Wells Fargo archives, several history museums, and a modern fleet of stagecoaches. He also has managed Wells Fargo’s corporate marketing, advertising, and brand management programs, and the initial development of in 1994. He is the author of Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the Rise of the American Financial Services Industry (Simon & Schuster, February 2002).

Dr. Anderson’s interest in history led him most recently to create the Wells Fargo Family History Center to help families discover their own history and cultural roots. He believes a family can better manage its legacy into future generations by understanding its past. His Top Twenty listing of “how to find your family history” websites is available by contacting any Wells Fargo Wealth Management representative.

His favorite quote is the advice Henry Wells offered to a young person who asked, in 1864, what it takes to succeed in business: "There is one very powerful business rule. It is summed up in the word -- Courtesy."

Dr. Anderson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Villanova University, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. He has taught history at Ohio State, Arizona State, and Stanford universities. He received his archival training at the Hoover Institution and the Archives Institute of the National Archives of the United States.

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